Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 84

This guy's in a bit of a groove. - Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Second verse, same as the first!

Another matchup between Jason Hammel and Tanner Roark, and another 7-2 Cubs' victory.

Also, the question was asked in the Game 83 Heroes and Goats recap as to the last time that neither Starlin Castro nor Anthony Rizzo appeared on either podium. The answer is Game 66 on June 14, the Cubs' 7-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Graphs for Game 84 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-84

Stats for Game 84:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Hammel

6

5

1

2

2

7

1.14

0.133

P Strop

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.68

0.080

N Ramirez

1

1

0

0

0

2

1.6

0.052

B Schlitter

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.08

0.006

Total

9

7

1

2

2

10

1.16

0.271

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Ruggiano

5

2

3

1

2

0

1

0.82

0.213

J Hammel

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

0.9

0.088

C Coghlan

4

3

2

0

0

1

1

0.75

0.039

N Schierholtz

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0.59

0.025

R Sweeney

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.34

0.025

S Castro

5

0

2

0

2

0

1

0.35

0.018

J Baker

3

0

1

0

0

1

0

0.69

-0.016

D Barney

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0.75

-0.041

L Valbuena

5

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.46

-0.055

A Rizzo

5

0

0

0

1

0

1

0.85

-0.068

Total

39

7

14

1

6

2

6

0.66

0.229

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 (.213). The first time there has been a repeat winner of the Superhero award since Anthony Rizzo did it back on May 31 and June 1.
  • Hero - Jason Hammel (.133). Six strong innings, and the only real jam he faced was in the fifth which he got out of with a whiff by Bryce Harper.
  • Sidekick -  Jason Hammel, the hitter (.083). An assist goes to the back of Tanner Roark on this one.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Anthony Rizzo (-.068). Hit a bunch of balls into the ground, but two runs scored in the process.
  • Goat - Luis Valbuena (-.055). A little bit of everything in his 0-for-5 day: popout, lineout, groundout, and a couple of whiffs.
  • Kid - Darwin Barney (-.041). His two hits were erased by his short flyout in the second with two men on.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 84 (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

4

5

28

Jeff Samardzija

6

2

2

24

Welington Castillo

5

3

3

24

Nate Schierholtz

3

6

3

24

Justin Ruggiano

3.5

5.5

2

23.5

Travis Wood

4

4

1

21

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

5.5

6.5

29.5

Anthony Rizzo

2

8

6

28

Junior Lake

4

5

5

27

Mike Olt

5

3

5

26

Edwin Jackson

6

3

1

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

Darwin Barney

0

5

2

12

Chris Coghlan

2

1

3

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

+/-

Starlin Castro

59

35

24

Anthony Rizzo

52

28

24

Luis Valbuena

43

29.5

13.5

Jake Arrieta

18

8

10

Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Justin Ruggiano

23.5

15

8.5

Brian Schlitter

16

10

6

Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Darwin Barney

16.5

12

4.5

Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Dallas Beeler

3

0

3

Welington Castillo

24

21.5

2.5

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 leads the Heroes for the second straight day, while Rizzo falls back into a tie at the top of the plus/minus chart.

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