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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 51

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Edwin Jackson has turned into a box of chocolates.

Jason O. Watson

Now I've always found that when I'm digging into a box of chocolates, I'm normally safe grabbing one of the square ones. More times than not, those end up being caramels, and you can't go wrong with a caramel. The round ones, however, are always dangerous. And there's nothing worse than getting a coconut one. Seriously, nothing worse.

Oh, yeah. The Cubs got shut out, too.

Graphs for Game 51 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-51

Stats for Game 51:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

E Jackson

5.1

4

0

2

2

9

1.05

0.148

B Schlitter

0.2

1

0

0

1

0

1.38

-0.053

J Grimm

2

2

0

2

1

1

0.25

-0.083

J Russell

0

1

0

0

0

0

3.18

-0.108

Total

8

8

0

4

4

10

0.91

-0.097

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Ruggiano

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.47

0.035

J Baker

3

0

1

0

0

1

0

1.08

0.021

E Bonifacio

2

0

0

0

0

2

0

1.36

0.006

L Valbuena

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.01

0

M Olt

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.99

-0.015

A Rizzo

3

0

1

0

0

1

1

0.79

-0.018

E Jackson

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.02

-0.051

N Schierholtz

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.02

-0.056

D Barney

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.2

-0.062

S Castro

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.08

-0.064

C Coghlan

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.56

-0.068

J Lake

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.96

-0.13

Total

30

0

2

0

0

5

7

1.07

-0.403

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Edwin Jackson. I really wish he'd just pick an identity and stick with it.
  • Hero - Justin Ruggiano. Once again, given the lack of offense on the day, all it takes is a pinch-hit walk while everyone else makes outs.
  • Sidekick - John Baker. Thank you for your service in keeping the streak alive. 7,714 and counting!

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Big Goat - Junior Lake. The double play in the fifth and the strikeout in the first did him in.
  • Goat - James RussellRemember last Sunday?
  • Kid - Justin Grimm. Yes, Mike Olt should get part of the blame. But the wild pitch and double are all on the reaper.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 51 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

5.5

4.5

5.5

31

Anthony Rizzo

4

3

6

24

Welington Castillo

5

3

2

23

Luis Valbuena

4

4

2

22

Jeff Samardzija

5

1

2

19

Jason Hammel

4

2

1

17

Emilio Bonifacio

1

6

1

16

Nate Schierholtz

2

4

1

15

Mike Olt

3

1

3

14

Travis Wood

3

2

0

13

Junior Lake

3

1

2

13

Edwin Jackson

4

0

0

12

Justin Ruggiano

0.5

4.5

1

11.5

Darwin Barney

2.5

1.5

0

10.5

Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

Brian Schlitter

1

1.5

2

8

Justin Grimm

0

1

4

6

James Russell

0

1

4

6

Wesley Wright

0.5

1.5

0.5

5

Hector Rondon

0

0

4.5

4.5

Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

Jake Arrieta

0

2

0

4

Ryan Sweeney

0

1

2

4

John Baker

0

1

2

4

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

2.5

3.5

Pedro Strop

0

1

1

3

Carlos Villanueva

0

1

0

2

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1


Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

4

3

8.5

26.5

Nate Schierholtz

4

6

2

26

Mike Olt

4

2

4

20

Emilio Bonifacio

1

6

3

18

Justin Grimm

5

0

1

16

Welington Castillo

2

4

2

16

Junior Lake

2

4

1

15

Anthony Rizzo

0

6

3

15

Jason Hammel

4

1

0

14

Edwin Jackson

3

2

1

14

Carlos Villanueva

4

0

1

13

James Russell

2

2

3

13

Travis Wood

2

2

2

12

Luis Valbuena

0

3

4

10

Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Wesley Wright

2

0

2

8

Jake Arrieta

2

0

1

7

Hector Rondon

1

1

1

6

Jeff Samardzija

1

1

1

6

Justin Ruggiano

1

1

0

5

Brian Schlitter

1

1

0

5

Darwin Barney

0

2

1

5

Ryan Sweeney

1

0

1.5

4.5

Neil Ramirez

1

0

0

3

Chris Coghlan

1

0

0

3

Pedro Strop

0

1

1

3

John Baker

0

0

3

3

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1


Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Jeff Samardzija

19

6

13

Luis Valbuena

22

10

12

Anthony Rizzo

24

15

9

Welington Castillo

23

16

7

Justin Ruggiano

11.5

5

6.5

Darwin Barney

10.5

5

5.5

Starlin Castro

31

26.5

4.5

Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Jason Hammel

17

14

3

Brian Schlitter

8

5

3

Travis Wood

13

12

1

Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

John Baker

4

3

1

Neil Ramirez

3.5

3

0.5

Pedro Strop

3

3

0

Blake Parker

1

1

0

Ryan Sweeney

4

4.5

-0.5

Hector Rondon

4.5

6

-1.5

Emilio Bonifacio

16

18

-2

Junior Lake

13

15

-2

Edwin Jackson

12

14

-2

Wesley Wright

5

8

-3

Jake Arrieta

4

7

-3

Chris Coghlan

0

3

-3

Mike Olt

14

20

-6

James Russell

6

13

-7

Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Justin Grimm

6

16

-10

Nate Schierholtz

15

26

-11

Carlos Villanueva

2

13

-11

Jackson picks up his fourth Superhero of the year, while Lake falls into net negative territory on the plus/minus chart.