Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 83

It was after this homer that carnival music was heard at Fenway Park. - Jim Rogash

So that's where the offense was hiding!

Apparently the bag with the magical bats was finally found after last being seen in St. Louis in early May. Someone should really put a GPS on that thing.

Graphs for Game 83 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-83

Stats for Game 83:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Russell

1.1

2

0

1

0

1

0.59

0.049

B Schlitter

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.75

0.027

C Villanueva

2

2

1

2

1

2

1.26

0.027

J Grimm

1

4

0

3

0

2

0.01

0.000

T Wood

3.2

7

0

3

4

3

1.24

-0.097

Total

9

16

1

9

5

10

0.95

0.006

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Ruggiano

6

1

3

1

5

0

2

0.49

0.165

M Olt

5

2

2

1

2

0

1

0.4

0.151

W Castillo

4

2

1

1

2

1

2

0.41

0.111

S Castro

5

1

2

0

1

0

1

0.52

0.041

C Coghlan

3

2

1

0

2

1

1

0.44

0.040

D Barney

5

2

4

0

1

0

0

0.26

0.036

A Rizzo

5

2

2

0

0

1

0

0.46

0.014

L Valbuena

5

2

2

0

1

0

1

0.35

-0.030

N Schierholtz

5

2

2

1

2

0

1

0.45

-0.032

Total

43

16

19

4

16

3

9

0.43

0.494

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 - Justin Ruggiano (.165). Got the party started with his two-run shot in his first at-bat and just kept going from there.
  • Hero - Mike Olt (.151). He actually hit something other than a homer, and even more amazing, he only struck out once! And then there was the homer he did hit which still may not have landed yet.
  • Sidekick -  Welington Castillo (.111). It's been a long time since he's been on the Hero list; his last appearance was on May 26.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Travis Wood (-.097). If you're only going to give up three runs in a game, it helps to pitch more than 3⅔ innings when you do.
  • Goat - Nate Schierholtz (-.032). Poor Nate... the guy did his best to get away from the plus/minus cellar Wednesday night and it still wasn't enough. To quote Rosie Perez: Sometimes when you win, you really lose.
  • Kid - Luis Valbuena (-.030). Basically the same issue as Schierholtz: early outs with runners on and hits late when the game was already out of reach.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 83 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

12.5

7.5

6.5

59

Anthony Rizzo

10

7

8

52

Luis Valbuena

9

7

2

43

Jason Hammel

5

3

4

25

Jeff Samardzija

6

2

2

24

Welington Castillo

5

3

3

24

Nate Schierholtz

3

6

3

24

Travis Wood

4

4

1

21

Justin Ruggiano

2.5

5.5

2

20.5

Mike Olt

3

3

5

20

Jake Arrieta

4

3

0

18

Emilio Bonifacio

1

7

1

18

Darwin Barney

3.5

2.5

1

16.5

Junior Lake

3

2

3

16

Brian Schlitter

1

4.5

4

16

Edwin Jackson

4

0

1

13

Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

Hector Rondon

0

1

7.5

9.5

John Baker

1

2

2

9

Ryan Sweeney

0

3

3

9

James Russell

0

1

6

8

Chris Coghlan

1

2

0

7

Justin Grimm

0

1

4

6

Pedro Strop

0

1

4

6

Carlos Villanueva

0

1

4

6

Wesley Wright

0.5

1.5

0.5

5

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

3.5

4.5

Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

Dallas Beeler

1

0

0

3

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Nate Schierholtz

5

10

6

41

Starlin Castro

4

5.5

12

35

Luis Valbuena

4

4.5

6.5

27.5

Junior Lake

4

5

5

27

Mike Olt

5

3

5

26

Edwin Jackson

6

3

1

25

Anthony Rizzo

1

8

6

25

Justin Grimm

7

0.5

1.5

23.5

Jason Hammel

7

1

0

23

Travis Wood

5

3

2

23

Emilio Bonifacio

1

8

4

23

Welington Castillo

2

5.5

4.5

21.5

Jeff Samardzija

4

1

1

15

Justin Ruggiano

1

5

2

15

Ryan Sweeney

2

3

1.5

13.5

Carlos Villanueva

4

0

1

13

James Russell

2

2

3

13

Hector Rondon

3

1

1

12

John Baker

2

1

4

12

Chris Coghlan

2

1

3

11

Darwin Barney

0

5

1

11

Brian Schlitter

2

2

0

10

Wesley Wright

2

1

2

10

Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Jake Arrieta

2

0

2

8

Pedro Strop

1

1

1

6

Eli Whiteside

1

0

3

6

Neil Ramirez

1

0

0

3

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

52

25

27

Starlin Castro

59

35

24

Luis Valbuena

43

27.5

15.5

Jake Arrieta

18

8

10

Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Brian Schlitter

16

10

6

Justin Ruggiano

20.5

15

5.5

Darwin Barney

16.5

11

5.5

Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Dallas Beeler

3

0

3

Welington Castillo

24

21.5

2.5

Jason Hammel

25

23

2

Neil Ramirez

4.5

3

1.5

Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

Pedro Strop

6

6

0

Blake Parker

1

1

0

Travis Wood

21

23

-2

Hector Rondon

9.5

12

-2.5

John Baker

9

12

-3

Chris Coghlan

7

11

-4

Ryan Sweeney

9

13.5

-4.5

Emilio Bonifacio

18

23

-5

James Russell

8

13

-5

Wesley Wright

5

10

-5

Mike Olt

20

26

-6

Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

Carlos Villanueva

6

13

-7

Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Junior Lake

16

27

-11

Edwin Jackson

13

25

-12

Nate Schierholtz

24

41

-17

Justin Grimm

6

23.5

-17.5

Ruggiano rides his early offense to the top of the Hero podium, while Wood gets knocked around and heads to the showers early with Wednesday night's Billy Goat trophy.

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