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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 65

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Some nights you can have next to no offense and still win.

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Because some nights your starter will throw his best start in two years and bail you out. Not a solid plan, but it worked nonetheless.

Graphs for Game 65 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-65

Stats for Game 65:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

7

2

0

0

1

9

0.98

0.431

N Ramirez

1

2

0

1

1

2

3.22

0.089

P Strop

1

1

0

0

0

0

2.32

0.087

Total

9

5

0

1

2

11

1.6

0.606

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

S Castro

3

1

1

1

2

0

1

1.12

0.134

A Rizzo

2

1

1

0

0

2

0

0.77

0.062

C Coghlan

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.57

0.001

M Olt

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.48

-0.012

J Baker

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.47

-0.036

D Barney

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.47

-0.036

J Arrieta

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.74

-0.037

N Schierholtz

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.67

-0.051

R Sweeney

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.7

-0.052

L Valbuena

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.77

-0.080

Total

29

2

4

1

2

2

10

0.7

-0.106

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 - Jake Arrieta (.431). By game score standards, his best start since May 2, 2012.
  • Hero - Starlin Castro (.134). The king of the offense on a night where there was little offense to be found.
  • Sidekick - Neil Ramirez (.089). Definitely gave everyone a few heart palpitations with that save, but still got the job done.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Luis Valbuena (-.080). Eventually everyone becomes the Billy Goat once. Tonight was finally Valbuena's night for it.
  • Goat - Ryan Sweeney (-.052). Apparently he has some ring rust he needs to knock off from the DL stint.
  • Kid - Nate Schierholtz (-.051). Somebody really needs to tell him that he's not that fast. Basically made the podium for getting thrown out at second trying to stretch a single in the fourth.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 65 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

8

4

7

39

Starlin Castro

7.5

5.5

5.5

39

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

2

2

0

10

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

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

3.5

4.5

Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

Chris Coghlan

0

2

0

4

Ryan Sweeney

0

1

2

4

Pedro Strop

0

1

2

4

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

5

31

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

Luis Valbuena

1

3.5

4.5

14.5

Carlos Villanueva

4

0

1

13

James Russell

2

2

3

13

Jeff Samardzija

3

1

1

12

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

Ryan Sweeney

1

1

1.5

6.5

Pedro Strop

1

1

1

6

Eli Whiteside

1

0

2

5

Darwin Barney

0

2

1

5

Neil Ramirez

1

0

0

3

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

39

16

23

Luis Valbuena

34

14.5

19.5

Jeff Samardzija

22

12

10

Darwin Barney

14.5

5

9.5

Starlin Castro

39

32

7

Jason Hammel

23

17

6

Welington Castillo

23

17

6

Brian Schlitter

12

7

5

Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Justin Ruggiano

12.5

9

3.5

Jake Arrieta

10

7

3

Neil Ramirez

4.5

3

1.5

Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

Blake Parker

1

1

0

Travis Wood

16

17

-1

Pedro Strop

4

6

-2

Hector Rondon

6.5

9

-2.5

Ryan Sweeney

4

6.5

-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

Mike Olt

16

25

-9

Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Nate Schierholtz

21

31

-10

Carlos Villanueva

3

13

-10

Justin Grimm

6

19

-13

Castro ties Rizzo at the top of the Hero board, while Valbuena finally picks up his first Billy Goat of the year.