Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 88

Mark Prior didn't do the towel drill this way. - Joe Robbins

Despite back-to-back homers from Chris Coghlan and Ryan Sweeney -- yes, you read that correctly -- neither of the two make the Hero podium thanks to their performances in the seventh inning.

Fun fact: The last pair of players to hit back-to-back homers for the Cubs was Mike Olt and Junior Lake on April 9.

Oh, and as for Coghlan and Sweeney in the seventh? Strikeout and groundout with the bases loaded.  No podium for you.

Graphs for Game 88 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-88

Stats for Game 88:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

B Schlitter

0.2

1

0

0

0

0

0.86

0.025

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.26

0.019

N Ramirez

1

2

0

0

0

0

0.23

0.011

T Wood

5.1

8

1

3

2

5

0.63

-0.289

Total

8

11

1

3

2

6

0.58

-0.235

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Ruggiano

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

3.2

0.101

J Lake

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.36

0.072

J Baker

2

0

1

0

0

1

0

0.83

0.054

M Olt

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.13

0.036

T Wood

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.69

-0.025

R Sweeney

5

1

2

1

1

0

2

2.16

-0.039

C Coghlan

3

1

1

1

1

0

1

1.86

-0.044

D Barney

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.64

-0.044

W Castillo

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.93

-0.044

A Rizzo

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

1.53

-0.051

N Schierholtz

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.76

-0.078

L Valbuena

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.89

-0.084

S Castro

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.3

-0.119

Total

33

2

7

2

2

3

9

1.43

-0.265

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 (.101). The power of the pinch-hit single.
  • Hero - Junior Lake (.072). The continued power of the pinch-hit single.
  • Sidekick - John Baker (.054). Meh, he just had a regular single.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Travis Wood (-.289). Once again spent too much of the day trying to get himself out of trouble.
  • Goat - Starlin Castro (-.119). 0-for-4 day capped off with the popout in the eighth.
  • Kid - Luis Valbuena (-.084). Not much different than Castro, just one batter later in the order.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 88 (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

11

7

8

55

Luis Valbuena

9

7

3

44

z-Jason Hammel

5

4

5

28

Welington Castillo

6

3

3

27

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

5

20

Junior Lake

3

3

3

18

x-Emilio Bonifacio

1

7

1

18

Brian Schlitter

1

4.5

5

17

Darwin Barney

3.5

2.5

1

16.5

Edwin Jackson

4

0

1

13

John Baker

1

3

3

12

Chris Coghlan

1

4

0

11

x-Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

Hector Rondon

0

1

7.5

9.5

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

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

Carlos Villanueva

5

0

1

16

z-Jeff Samardzija

4

1

1

15

Justin Ruggiano

1

5

2

15

Darwin Barney

0

6

3

15

James Russell

2

2

4

14

Ryan Sweeney

2

3

1.5

13.5

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

Pedro Strop

2

1

1

9

x-Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Jake Arrieta

2

0

2

8

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

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

55

28

27

Starlin Castro

59

37

22

Jake Arrieta

21

8

13

Luis Valbuena

44

32.5

11.5

Justin Ruggiano

26.5

15

11.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Brian Schlitter

17

10

7

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Welington Castillo

27

22.5

4.5

x-Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

x-Dallas Beeler

3

0

3

Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

Neil Ramirez

4.5

3

1.5

x-Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

John Baker

12

12

0

Chris Coghlan

11

11

0

Blake Parker

1

1

0

Chris Rusin

0

2

-2

Hector Rondon

9.5

12

-2.5

Pedro Strop

6

9

-3

Wesley Wright

6

10

-4

Ryan Sweeney

9

13.5

-4.5

Travis Wood

21

26

-5

x-Emilio Bonifacio

18

23

-5

Mike Olt

20

26

-6

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

16

-10

Edwin Jackson

13

28

-15

Nate Schierholtz

24

41

-17

Justin Grimm

6

23.5

-17.5

Ruggiano picks up his fourth Superhero in his last four podium appearances, while Castro and Valbuena copy each other's performances to land on the Goat podium.

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