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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 43

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Four words heard for only the second time this year: Three-game win streak.

Maybe I don't want to know what's going on here.
Maybe I don't want to know what's going on here.
Brian Kersey

So while the Cubs were busy winning 6-1 on Tuesday night, I got to spend my evening doing this, courtesy of an award won at my daughter's school:

Oh, the things we do for our kids.  It was a fun time, though, despite the insistence from both of my daughters to utter the words "Let's Go Cardinals". I think I muttered it under my breath just to satisfy them. Sorry, BCB. Won't happen again.

Graphs for Game 43 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-43

Stats for Game 43:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Hammel

5.2

4

0

1

1

6

1.08

0.159

J Grimm

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

2.76

0.07

B Schlitter

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.59

0.045

J Russell

1

1

0

0

1

2

0.23

0.011

H Rondon

0.1

0

0

0

1

0

0.28

0.004

N Ramirez

0.2

1

0

0

1

1

0.1

0.002

Total

9

6

0

1

4

9

0.84

0.291

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Baker

3

1

2

0

1

0

1

0.84

0.147

L Valbuena

4

2

3

0

0

0

0

0.63

0.129

M Olt

2

0

1

0

3

1

1

1.07

0.054

N Schierholtz

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.97

0.043

E Bonifacio

5

1

2

0

1

0

0

0.78

0.033

R Kalish

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.02

0

C Coghlan

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.15

-0.004

A Rizzo

3

1

0

0

0

2

2

0.46

-0.011

S Castro

4

0

1

0

1

0

1

0.79

-0.053

J Lake

5

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.49

-0.054

J Hammel

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.32

-0.075

Total

32

6

11

0

6

3

8

0.74

0.209

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Jason Hammel. Another excellent outing, albeit short.
  • Hero - Um... wait a minute. John Baker? I can't be reading this thing right.
  • SidekickLuis Valbuena. Despite not driving in a run, the 3-for-4 night with two doubles while the game was still tight made all the difference.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Big Goat - Jason Hammel. Yeah, I know; life's not fair. It's nothing personal. But when you bunt into a forceout at the plate, the WPA gods will tend to frown upon you.
  • Goat - Junior Lake. A single in the eighth when the game was well in the bag didn't help the 0-for-4 that preceded it.
  • Kid - Starlin Castro. Big outs early did him in, including the inning-ending groundout in the second with two runners on.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 43 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

5.5

3.5

4.5

28

Anthony Rizzo

3

3

6

21

Welington Castillo

4

3

2

20

Luis Valbuena

4

3

2

20

Jason Hammel

4

2

0

16

Emilio Bonifacio

1

6

0

15

Jeff Samardzija

4

0

2

14

Nate Schierholtz

2

3

1

13

Mike Olt

2

1

3

11

Darwin Barney

2.5

1.5

0

10.5

Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

Travis Wood

2

2

0

10

Edwin Jackson

3

0

0

9

Brian Schlitter

1

1.5

2

8

Justin Ruggiano

0.5

2.5

1

7.5

Junior Lake

1

1

1

6

Justin Grimm

0

1

4

6

James Russell

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

John Baker

0

1

1

3

Carlos Villanueva

0

1

0

2

Jake Arrieta

0

1

0

2


Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Nate Schierholtz

4

6

2

26

Starlin Castro

3

3

5.5

20.5

Mike Olt

4

1

3

17

Welington Castillo

2

4

2

16

Emilio Bonifacio

1

5

3

16

Justin Grimm

5

0

0

15

Jason Hammel

4

1

0

14

Carlos Villanueva

4

0

1

13

Travis Wood

2

2

2

12

Anthony Rizzo

0

5

2

12

Edwin Jackson

2

2

1

11

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Wesley Wright

2

0

2

8

James Russell

1

1

3

8

Junior Lake

0

3

1

7

Luis Valbuena

0

2

3

7

Jose Veras

1

1

1

6

Justin Ruggiano

1

1

0

5

Darwin Barney

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

Chris Coghlan

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

Baker triples his Hero point total with one night of work, while Hammel pulls the rare Superhero - Big Goat daily double.