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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 53

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Proof positive that a horrendous lineup on paper can still put the screws to an opponent.

Hey, we own the podium today!
Hey, we own the podium today!
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So just what exactly did Anthony Rizzo do on his day off? Inquiring minds want to know!

Graphs for Game 53 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-53

Stats for Game 53:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Hammel

7

4

0

0

0

8

0.72

0.290

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

2

0.04

0.003

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.01

0.001

Total

9

4

0

0

0

11

0.59

0.293

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

4

2

2

2

4

0

1

0.64

0.332

J Hammel

3

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.4

0.010

C Coghlan

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

0.39

0.006

S Castro

3

1

1

0

0

1

1

0.39

0.002

J Ruggiano

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.000

E Bonifacio

5

1

2

0

1

0

0

0.6

-0.002

D Barney

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0.3

-0.015

J Baker

4

0

1

0

1

0

2

0.44

-0.017

N Schierholtz

3

1

0

0

0

1

0

0.51

-0.054

J Lake

5

0

0

0

0

0

3

0.65

-0.056

Total

36

8

10

2

8

2

8

0.48

0.207

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Anthony Rizzo. It's been a while since he's been on this side of the ledger; his last appearance was at the beginning of the road trip against San Diego.
  • Hero - Jason Hammel. The prospect in the upcoming trade just got better.
  • Sidekick - Jason Hammel. He can pitch! He can bat! Operators are standing by! Order now and get a free wall calendar!

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Big Goat - Junior Lake. Now 1-for-33 with 21 strikeouts when he doesn't play left field.
  • Goat - Nate Schierholtz. Someone should remind him that attempting to steal bases may not be his best option.
  • Kid - John Baker. Close race between him and Darwin Barney; he makes the podium for batting seventh to Barney's eighth.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 53 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

5.5

4.5

5.5

31

Anthony Rizzo

5

3

6

27

Luis Valbuena

5

4

2

25

Welington Castillo

5

3

2

23

Jason Hammel

4

3

2

20

Jeff Samardzija

5

1

2

19

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

Nate Schierholtz

4

7

2

28

Starlin Castro

4

3

8.5

26.5

Mike Olt

4

2

4

20

Emilio Bonifacio

1

6

3

18

Welington Castillo

2

4

3

17

Justin Grimm

5

0

1

16

Junior Lake

2

4

2

16

Travis Wood

3

2

2

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

John Baker

1

0

3

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

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Luis Valbuena

25

10

15

Jeff Samardzija

19

6

13

Anthony Rizzo

27

15

12

Welington Castillo

23

17

6

Jason Hammel

20

14

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

Brian Schlitter

8

5

3

Ryan Kalish

10

9

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

Edwin Jackson

12

14

-2

John Baker

4

6

-2

Junior Lake

13

16

-3

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

Carlos Villanueva

2

13

-11

Nate Schierholtz

15

28

-13

Hammel pulls the pitcher daily double, while Schierholtz falls to the bottom of the plus/minus chart.