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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 54

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Another day, another early blowout.

On a day like this, this photo seemed fitting.
On a day like this, this photo seemed fitting.
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When the highlight of the game is Brian Schlitter getting a hit in his first-ever major league plate appearance, you know there are probably better ways to spend your afternoon.

Graphs for Game 54 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-54

Stats for Game 54:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

B Schlitter

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.000

J Russell

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.000

J Grimm

2

1

1

1

1

0

0.02

0.000

J Samardzija

3

8

1

8

2

3

0.63

-0.347

Total

8

9

2

9

3

4

0.34

-0.346

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.32

0.006

B Schlitter

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.03

0.001

J Ruggiano

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.000

C Coghlan

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.03

-0.001

J Baker

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.09

-0.004

J Lake

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.19

-0.010

M Olt

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.16

-0.012

J Samardzija

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.57

-0.014

W Castillo

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.63

-0.015

D Barney

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.29

-0.022

N Schierholtz

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.35

-0.024

S Castro

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.25

-0.027

E Bonifacio

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.3

-0.031

Total

30

0

3

0

0

0

6

0.24

-0.154

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Anthony Rizzo (.006). In what could be the weakest Superhero award of the season, he wins it by getting beaned (OK, beaned in the knee.)
  • Hero - Brian Schlitter (.001). Fun fact: He is currently the 62nd player in history to have a hit in one career plate appearance.
  • Sidekick - Brian Schlitter (.000). With four players tied at zero (Schlitter, Justin Grimm, James Russell, Justin Ruggiano), I'm invoking executive power to break it based on two innings of work and no runs allowed. The fourth decimal place is probably in his favor.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Big Goat - Jeff Samardzija (-.347). Apparently he was just in a hurry to get the road trip over with.
  • Goat - Emilio Bonifacio (-.031). Days like this, it doesn't pay to lead off.
  • Kid - Starlin Castro (-.027). I know he wants to play every game, but someone really needs to talk him out of it.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 54 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

5.5

4.5

5.5

31

Anthony Rizzo

6

3

6

30

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

Brian Schlitter

1

2.5

3

11

Darwin Barney

2.5

1.5

0

10.5

Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

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

9.5

27.5

Mike Olt

4

2

4

20

Emilio Bonifacio

1

7

3

20

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

Jeff Samardzija

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

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

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

30

15

15

Luis Valbuena

25

10

15

Jeff Samardzija

19

9

10

Welington Castillo

23

17

6

Jason Hammel

20

14

6

Brian Schlitter

11

5

6

Darwin Barney

10.5

5

5.5

Justin Ruggiano

11.5

7

4.5

Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Starlin Castro

31

27.5

3.5

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

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

Emilio Bonifacio

16

20

-4

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

Rizzo rejoins Valbuena at the top of the plus/minus chart, while Samardzija picks up his second Big Goat of the year in epic fashion.