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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 64

The Cubs get shut out for the ninth time this season and leave Pittsburgh with a whimper. Maybe not even a whimper. What's less than a whimper, anyway?

Let's have McCutchen drive in a couple more runs this series.  Why not?
Let's have McCutchen drive in a couple more runs this series. Why not?
Justin K. Aller

Fun fact: Through 64 games in the 2012 and 2013 seasons, the Cubs had only been shut out four times. They were shut out 10 times over the entire season in 2011.

Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, doesn't it?

Graphs for Game 64 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-64

Stats for Game 64:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

B Schlitter

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

0.11

0.006

J Russell

0.1

0

0

0

0

1

0.1

0.004

W Wright

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.05

0.002

J Samardzija

6

9

0

4

2

7

0.97

-0.197

Total

8

10

0

4

2

9

0.79

-0.186

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

D Barney

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0.88

0.115

L Valbuena

4

0

2

0

0

0

2

0.53

0.063

J Samardzija

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.7

-0.007

J Baker

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.81

-0.008

E Bonifacio

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.87

-0.021

S Castro

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.63

-0.037

A Rizzo

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.02

-0.095

N Schierholtz

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.85

-0.095

C Coghlan

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.54

-0.097

J Lake

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.38

-0.132

Total

31

0

7

0

0

2

9

1.01

-0.314

Writer's Note: The daily selections of the three Heroes and three Goats are based solely on the top three and bottom three WPA scores for the game. The selections are not based on my subjective opinion.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Darwin Barney (.115). Two singles, one of which tried to get something going in the fifth. Unfortunately the memo didn't make it to the guys at the top of the order.
  • Hero - Luis Valbuena (.063). It's official. He's on an absolute tear right now.
  • Sidekick - Brian Schlitter (.006). Yup, pitching two-thirds of an inning was all it took.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jeff Samardzija (-.197). Third start in his last four in which he allowed four runs or more. That's not a promising sign.
  • Goat - Junior Lake (-.132). First and second, second and third: strike out swinging, strike out swinging. And a groundout with a runner on second. All after moving from left field to center field. Coincidence?...
  • Kid - Chris Coghlan (-.097). Similar to Nate Schierholtz on Wednesday, the only saving grace was the walk in the third. Otherwise, missed opportunities galore.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 64 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

8

4

7

39

Starlin Castro

7.5

4.5

5.5

37

Luis Valbuena

6

7

2

34

Welington Castillo

5

3

2

23

Jason Hammel

5

3

2

23

Jeff Samardzija

6

1

2

22

Nate Schierholtz

3

5

2

21

Emilio Bonifacio

1

7

1

18

Travis Wood

3

3

1

16

Mike Olt

3

2

3

16

Darwin Barney

3.5

1.5

1

14.5

Junior Lake

3

1

3

14

Justin Ruggiano

0.5

4.5

2

12.5

Edwin Jackson

4

0

0

12

Brian Schlitter

1

2.5

4

12

Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

Jake Arrieta

1

2

0

7

Hector Rondon

0

0

6.5

6.5

John Baker

0

2

2

6

Justin Grimm

0

1

4

6

James Russell

0

1

4

6

Wesley Wright

0.5

1.5

0.5

5

Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

Chris Coghlan

0

2

0

4

Ryan Sweeney

0

1

2

4

Pedro Strop

0

1

2

4

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

2.5

3.5

Carlos Villanueva

0

1

1

3

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

4

4.5

11

32

Nate Schierholtz

4

7

4

30

Mike Olt

5

3

4

25

Emilio Bonifacio

1

8

4

23

Junior Lake

3

5

2

21

Justin Grimm

6

0

1

19

Edwin Jackson

4

3

1

19

Jason Hammel

5

1

0

17

Travis Wood

3

3

2

17

Welington Castillo

2

4

3

17

Anthony Rizzo

0

6

4

16

Carlos Villanueva

4

0

1

13

James Russell

2

2

3

13

Jeff Samardzija

3

1

1

12

Luis Valbuena

0

3.5

4.5

11.5

Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Hector Rondon

2

1

1

9

John Baker

2

0

3

9

Justin Ruggiano

1

3

0

9

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Wesley Wright

2

0

2

8

Jake Arrieta

2

0

1

7

Brian Schlitter

1

2

0

7

Chris Coghlan

1

1

2

7

Pedro Strop

1

1

1

6

Eli Whiteside

1

0

2

5

Darwin Barney

0

2

1

5

Ryan Sweeney

1

0

1.5

4.5

Neil Ramirez

1

0

0

3

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

39

16

23

Luis Valbuena

34

11.5

22.5

Jeff Samardzija

22

12

10

Darwin Barney

14.5

5

9.5

Jason Hammel

23

17

6

Welington Castillo

23

17

6

Starlin Castro

37

32

5

Brian Schlitter

12

7

5

Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Justin Ruggiano

12.5

9

3.5

Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

Neil Ramirez

3.5

3

0.5

Jake Arrieta

7

7

0

Blake Parker

1

1

0

Ryan Sweeney

4

4.5

-0.5

Travis Wood

16

17

-1

Pedro Strop

4

6

-2

Hector Rondon

6.5

9

-2.5

John Baker

6

9

-3

Wesley Wright

5

8

-3

Chris Coghlan

4

7

-3

Emilio Bonifacio

18

23

-5

Eli Whiteside

0

5

-5

Junior Lake

14

21

-7

Edwin Jackson

12

19

-7

James Russell

6

13

-7

Nate Schierholtz

21

30

-9

Mike Olt

16

25

-9

Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Carlos Villanueva

3

13

-10

Justin Grimm

6

19

-13

Barney continues his improbable run up the plus/minus chart, while Valbuena puts himself squarely in Rizzo's rear-view mirror.