Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 91

Congratulations on keeping your gig a little while longer! - David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

That guy was tre-Mendy-ous! (Hey, I've gotta get in on the puns, even if they're really bad. Everyone's doing it.)

So let me get this straight... you're telling me that the Cubs had some short guy who used to play second base, and he had a good glove, and he wore number 15?

Why do I not remember this guy?

Graphs for Game 91 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-91

Stats for Game 91:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

B Parker

2

1

0

0

0

3

1.91

0.199

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

1

1

2.21

0.123

N Ramirez

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.7

0.123

P Strop

1

1

0

0

1

1

2.66

0.098

J Russell

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.54

0.036

K Hendricks

6

5

1

4

3

7

0.86

-0.190

Total

12

7

1

4

6

14

1.38

0.389

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Alcantara

5

2

4

0

3

0

1

1.56

0.541

L Valbuena

5

0

1

0

2

1

3

2.32

0.317

J Baker

2

1

1

0

0

2

0

1.19

0.104

R Sweeney

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.49

0.001

M Olt

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.21

-0.029

K Hendricks

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1.3

-0.052

C Coghlan

5

1

1

0

0

1

1

1.35

-0.053

J Lake

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.19

-0.058

S Castro

6

1

2

0

1

0

1

2.41

-0.071

A Rizzo

4

0

0

0

0

1

1

2.46

-0.088

W Castillo

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.94

-0.126

N Schierholtz

5

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.28

-0.158

J Ruggiano

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

4.52

-0.217

Total

41

6

10

0

6

5

10

1.85

0.111

Writer's Note: The daily selections of the three Heroes and three Goats are based solely on the top three and bottom three WPA scores for the game. The selections are not based on my subjective opinion.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Arismendy Alcantara (.541). Fun fact: He is the first Cub to break the .500 WPA mark this season, surpassing the heroics of Starlin Castro and Travis Wood on June 16.
  • Hero - Luis Valbuena (.317). If you're only going to get one hit, make it an almost-and-probably-should-have-been-inside-the-park home run in extra innings.
  • Sidekick - Blake Parker (.199). Two solid innings to cap off a great day from the bullpen.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Justin Ruggiano (-.217). Nothing will put you at the top of the Goats quicker than a bases-loaded inning-ending popout in extras.
  • Goat - Kyle Hendricks (-.190). Aside from that first inning, it was a pretty solid debut.
  • Kid - Nate Schierholtz (-.158). Oh, Nate... every out hurt him a little more than the one before.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 91 (Changes in Bold, Notations Below):

x - Player not on 25-man roster.
y - Player not on 40-man roster.
z - Player no longer with Cubs.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

12.5

7.5

6.5

59

Anthony Rizzo

12

7

8

58

Luis Valbuena

9

8

3

46

Welington Castillo

6

4

3

29

z-Jason Hammel

5

4

5

28

Justin Ruggiano

4.5

5.5

2

26.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

6

2

2

24

Nate Schierholtz

3

6

3

24

Jake Arrieta

5

3

0

21

Travis Wood

4

4

1

21

Mike Olt

3

3

6

21

Junior Lake

3

3

3

18

x-Emilio Bonifacio

1

7

1

18

Brian Schlitter

1

4.5

5

17

x-Darwin Barney

3.5

2.5

1

16.5

Chris Coghlan

2

4

0

14

Edwin Jackson

4

0

1

13

John Baker

1

3

3

12

x-Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

Ryan Sweeney

0

3

3.5

9.5

Hector Rondon

0

1

7.5

9.5

James Russell

0

1

6

8

Wesley Wright

0.5

1.5

2

6.5

Justin Grimm

0

1

4

6

Pedro Strop

0

1

4

6

Carlos Villanueva

0

1

4

6

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

3.5

4.5

x-Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

0

3

Arismendy Alcantara

1

0

0

3

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

0

1

0

2

Blake Parker

0

0

2

2

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Nate Schierholtz

5

10

7

42

Starlin Castro

4

6.5

12

37

Luis Valbuena

4

6.5

7.5

32.5

Edwin Jackson

7

3

1

28

Anthony Rizzo

2

8

6

28

Junior Lake

4

5

5

27

Travis Wood

6

3

2

26

Mike Olt

5

3

5

26

Justin Grimm

7

0.5

1.5

23.5

z-Jason Hammel

7

1

0

23

x-Emilio Bonifacio

1

8

4

23

Welington Castillo

2

5.5

5.5

22.5

Justin Ruggiano

2

5

2

18

Carlos Villanueva

5

0

2

17

z-Jeff Samardzija

4

1

1

15

Hector Rondon

4

1

1

15

x-Darwin Barney

0

6

3

15

James Russell

2

2

4

14

Ryan Sweeney

2

3

1.5

13.5

Chris Coghlan

2

2

3

13

John Baker

2

1

4

12

Pedro Strop

2

2

1

11

Brian Schlitter

2

2

0

10

Wesley Wright

2

1

2

10

z-Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

x-Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Jake Arrieta

2

0

2

8

y-Eli Whiteside

1

0

3

6

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

1

4

Neil Ramirez

1

0

0

3

x-Chris Rusin

0

1

0

2

Kyle Hendricks

0

1

0

2

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

58

28

30

Starlin Castro

59

37

22

Luis Valbuena

46

32.5

13.5

Jake Arrieta

21

8

13

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Justin Ruggiano

26.5

18

8.5

Brian Schlitter

17

10

7

Welington Castillo

29

22.5

6.5

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

x-Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Arismendy Alcantara

3

0

3

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

2

0

2

x-Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

Neil Ramirez

4.5

3

1.5

Chris Coghlan

14

13

1

x-Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

Blake Parker

2

1

1

John Baker

12

12

0

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

Kyle Hendricks

0

2

-2

x-Chris Rusin

0

2

-2

Wesley Wright

6.5

10

-3.5

Ryan Sweeney

9.5

13.5

-4

Travis Wood

21

26

-5

Mike Olt

21

26

-5

x-Emilio Bonifacio

18

23

-5

Pedro Strop

6

11

-5

Hector Rondon

9.5

15

-5.5

James Russell

8

14

-6

y-Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

Junior Lake

18

27

-9

z-Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Carlos Villanueva

6

17

-11

Edwin Jackson

13

28

-15

Justin Grimm

6

23.5

-17.5

Nate Schierholtz

24

42

-18

Mendy puts up a huge day at the plate to lead the Heroes, while Schierholtz once again falls to the bottom of the plus/minus chart.

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