Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 85

Just one of those days at the ballpark. - Rob Carr

Carlos Villanueva gets called on to make the Saturday start in place of Jeff Samardzija, and things don't go all that well to put it nicely.

Busy weekend for both me and the Cubs... playing a little bit of catch-up here. (EDITOR'S NOTE: H&G for Sunday's game will be along a bit later in the evening.)

Graphs for Game 85 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-85

Stats for Game 85:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Grimm

1

5

0

4

1

3

0

0.000

W Wright

1.1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0.000

C Rusin

3.2

9

0

5

1

4

0.12

-0.093

C Villanueva

2

5

0

4

1

2

1.03

-0.234

Total

8

19

0

13

3

11

0.35

-0.327

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

W Castillo

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.31

0.019

C Coghlan

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.34

0.017

L Valbuena

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.01

0.000

R Sweeney

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.01

0.000

C Rusin

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.04

-0.001

A Rizzo

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.24

-0.018

S Castro

3

0

1

0

0

1

0

0.54

-0.020

J Ruggiano

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0.28

-0.023

C Villanueva

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.04

-0.026

M Olt

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.46

-0.033

J Lake

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.43

-0.042

D Barney

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.63

-0.047

Total

30

0

5

0

0

1

7

0.39

-0.173

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 - Welington Castillo (.019). Got his single in before the game became a blowout.
  • Hero - Chris Coghlan (.017). See Castillo, Welington.
  • Sidekick - Wesley Wright (.000). Pulling executive decision out for this one; of the five players who had a zero WPA, his performance was the best.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Carlos Villanueva (-.234). Maybe he wasn't stretched out. Maybe he was just deflated by the trade. Maybe he's just bad. Who knows for sure.
  • Goat - Chris Rusin (-.093). Maybe he was just tired from the late flight. Maybe I've used too many "maybe"s. (That's probably true.)
  • Kid - Darwin Barney (-.047). Only one time all game that the Cubs had a runner in scoring position and Barney left him there.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 85 (Changes in Bold): A few extra notations for the updated rankings.

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

10

7

8

52

Luis Valbuena

9

7

2

43

z-Jason Hammel

5

4

5

28

Welington Castillo

6

3

3

27

z-Jeff Samardzija

6

2

2

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

x-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

x-Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

Hector Rondon

0

1

7.5

9.5

Chris Coghlan

1

3

0

9

John Baker

1

2

2

9

Ryan Sweeney

0

3

3

9

James Russell

0

1

6

8

Wesley Wright

0.5

1.5

1.5

6

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

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

z-Jason Hammel

7

1

0

23

Travis Wood

5

3

2

23

x-Emilio Bonifacio

1

8

4

23

Welington Castillo

2

5.5

4.5

21.5

Carlos Villanueva

5

0

1

16

z-Jeff Samardzija

4

1

1

15

Justin Ruggiano

1

5

2

15

Ryan Sweeney

2

3

1.5

13.5

James Russell

2

2

3

13

Darwin Barney

0

5

3

13

Hector Rondon

3

1

1

12

John Baker

2

1

4

12

Chris Coghlan

2

1

3

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

Pedro Strop

1

1

1

6

y-Eli Whiteside

1

0

3

6

Neil Ramirez

1

0

0

3

Chris Rusin

0

1

0

2

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

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Justin Ruggiano

23.5

15

8.5

Brian Schlitter

16

10

6

Welington Castillo

27

21.5

5.5

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

x-Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Darwin Barney

16.5

13

3.5

x-Dallas Beeler

3

0

3

Neil Ramirez

4.5

3

1.5

x-Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

Pedro Strop

6

6

0

Blake Parker

1

1

0

Travis Wood

21

23

-2

Chris Coghlan

9

11

-2

Chris Rusin

0

2

-2

Hector Rondon

9.5

12

-2.5

John Baker

9

12

-3

Wesley Wright

6

10

-4

Ryan Sweeney

9

13.5

-4.5

x-Emilio Bonifacio

18

23

-5

James Russell

8

13

-5

Mike Olt

20

26

-6

y-Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

z-Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Carlos Villanueva

6

16

-10

Junior Lake

16

27

-11

Edwin Jackson

13

25

-12

Nate Schierholtz

24

41

-17

Justin Grimm

6

23.5

-17.5

Castillo and Coghlan make the Hero podium almost by default, while Villanueva and Rusin lock everything into place.

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