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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 52

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Boy, that escalated quickly.

The beginning of the circus that was Friday night in Milwaukee.
The beginning of the circus that was Friday night in Milwaukee.
Mike McGinnis

I mean, that really got out of hand fast.

Graphs for Game 52 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-52

Stats for Game 52:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Veras

2

0

0

0

0

1

0.01

0.001

W Wright

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.000

C Villanueva

2.1

5

0

4

0

1

0.12

-0.015

T Wood

2.2

10

1

7

1

4

0.48

-0.408

Total

8

16

1

11

1

6

0.26

-0.422

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

L Valbuena

4

1

2

0

0

1

1

0.42

0.037

M Olt

2

1

0

0

0

2

1

0.26

0.035

T Wood

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.64

0.028

E Bonifacio

5

0

1

0

1

0

1

0.58

0.014

N Schierholtz

4

1

2

1

1

0

0

0.19

0.004

J Baker

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

0.02

0.001

D Barney

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.01

0.000

C Coghlan

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.05

-0.001

S Castro

4

0

2

0

1

1

1

0.5

-0.016

C Villanueva

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.16

-0.018

J Lake

3

1

0

0

1

2

2

0.49

-0.026

W Castillo

5

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.4

-0.050

J Ruggiano

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.69

-0.086

Total

35

5

10

1

5

6

7

0.44

-0.078

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Big Goat - Travis Wood. There were horses, and a man on fire, and I killed a guy with a trident.
  • Goat - Justin Ruggiano. Three opportunities with runners on in the first five innings, and nothing to show for it.
  • Kid - Welington Castillo. Also had several chances with runners in scoring position and also came up empty.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Luis Valbuena. All courtesy of his ground-rule double in the third.
  • Hero - Mike Olt. See, it pays to bat eighth.
  • Sidekick - Uh... Travis Wood. Oh, I get it. His bad outing was all part of his master plan to make his base hit stick. Well played, sir. Well played.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 52 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

5.5

4.5

5.5

31

Luis Valbuena

5

4

2

25

Anthony Rizzo

4

3

6

24

Welington Castillo

5

3

2

23

Jeff Samardzija

5

1

2

19

Jason Hammel

4

2

1

17

Mike Olt

3

2

3

16

Emilio Bonifacio

1

6

1

16

Nate Schierholtz

2

4

1

15

Travis Wood

3

2

1

14

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

Welington Castillo

2

4

3

17

Justin Grimm

5

0

1

16

Travis Wood

3

2

2

15

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

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

Justin Ruggiano

1

2

0

7

Hector Rondon

1

1

1

6

Jeff Samardzija

1

1

1

6

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

+/-

Luis Valbuena

25

10

15

Jeff Samardzija

19

6

13

Anthony Rizzo

24

15

9

Welington Castillo

23

17

6

Darwin Barney

10.5

5

5.5

Starlin Castro

31

26.5

4.5

Justin Ruggiano

11.5

7

4.5

Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Jason Hammel

17

14

3

Brian Schlitter

8

5

3

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

Travis Wood

14

15

-1

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

16

20

-4

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

Valbuena jumps to the top of the plus/minus chart, and Travis Wood thinks back to better days of game scores above 15.