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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 39

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60 percent of the time, walks will come back to haunt you. Every time.

Jeff Curry

Giving up singles up the middle to the opposing pitcher won't help, either.

The graphs for Game 39 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-39

And the stats for Game 39:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Veras

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

0.35

0.015

N Ramirez

1

1

0

0

1

1

0.29

0.012

W Wright

1

0

0

0

1

0

0.18

0.01

J Hammel

5.1

5

0

5

2

6

0.75

-0.272

Total

8

6

0

5

4

7

0.59

-0.235

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

S Castro

4

1

3

1

2

0

0

1.06

0.153

L Valbuena

3

0

2

0

0

1

0

1.43

0.119

A Rizzo

3

2

2

0

0

1

0

0.49

0.053

C Coghlan

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.54

-0.013

M Olt

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.9

-0.03

W Castillo

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.41

-0.035

J Hammel

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.3

-0.065

R Kalish

5

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.56

-0.069

J Lake

3

0

1

0

1

0

1

2.07

-0.078

J Baker

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.25

-0.086

E Bonifacio

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.71

-0.087

N Schierholtz

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

5.19

-0.128

Total

34

3

8

1

3

3

7

1.25

-0.265

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Starlin Castro. The two-run homer kept it close for most of the game.
  • Hero - Luis Valbuena. 2-for-3 and had the walk to load the bases in the eighth. If only it could have led to more.
  • Sidekick - Anthony Rizzo. Beater of shifts! #endtheshifting

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Big Goat - Jason Hammel. Giving up a four-spot early will generally land you here.
  • Goat - Nate Schierholtz. Four words he knows all too well:  Ground ball to second.
  • Kid - Emilio Bonifacio. Not a good day for Boni, going 0-for-5. At least the bases were always empty when he came to the plate. I wonder why...

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 39 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

5

3

3.5

24.5

Anthony Rizzo

3

3

6

21

Luis Valbuena

4

3

0

18

Welington Castillo

4

1

2

16

Emilio Bonifacio

1

6

0

15

Jeff Samardzija

4

0

2

14

Jason Hammel

3

2

0

13

Nate Schierholtz

2

3

1

13

Mike Olt

2

1

3

11

Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

Darwin Barney

2

1

0

8

Brian Schlitter

1

1.5

2

8

Justin Ruggiano

0.5

2.5

1

7.5

Travis Wood

1

2

0

7

Edwin Jackson

2

0

0

6

Junior Lake

1

1

1

6

James Russell

0

1

3

5

Justin Grimm

0

1

3

5

Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

Ryan Sweeney

0

1

2

4

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

2.5

3.5

Hector Rondon

0

0

3.5

3.5

Wesley Wright

0.5

0.5

0.5

3

Pedro Strop

0

1

1

3

Carlos Villanueva

0

1

0

2

Jake Arrieta

0

1

0

2

John Baker

0

0

1

1


Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Nate Schierholtz

4

6

1

25

Starlin Castro

3

3

4.5

19.5

Mike Olt

4

1

2

16

Justin Grimm

5

0

0

15

Carlos Villanueva

4

0

1

13

Welington Castillo

1

4

2

13

Jason Hammel

3

1

0

11

Travis Wood

2

2

1

11

Edwin Jackson

2

2

1

11

Emilio Bonifacio

0

4

3

11

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Wesley Wright

2

0

2

8

James Russell

1

1

3

8

Anthony Rizzo

0

3

2

8

Luis Valbuena

0

2

3

7

Jose Veras

1

1

1

6

Justin Ruggiano

1

1

0

5

Darwin Barney

0

2

1

5

Junior Lake

0

2

1

5

Ryan Sweeney

1

0

1.5

4.5

Hector Rondon

1

0

1

4

Brian Schlitter

1

0

0

3

Neil Ramirez

1

0

0

3

Jake Arrieta

1

0

0

3

Jeff Samardzija

0

1

1

3

Pedro Strop

0

1

1

3

John Baker

0

0

3

3

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Castro becomes the first member of the five-time Superhero club, while Schierholtz increases his lead in the overall Goat standings to 5.5.