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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 67

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Travis Wood ends the Pennsylvania leg of the road trip with a gem.

Heck of a show today, Travis.
Heck of a show today, Travis.
Mitchell Leff

What better way to end a series than with a three-hit performance over eight innings.

Graphs for Game 67 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-67

Stats for Game 67:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Wood

8

3

0

0

3

6

1.12

0.442

N Ramirez

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.52

0.040

Total

9

3

0

0

3

6

1.07

0.482

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

S Castro

4

1

3

0

1

0

1

0.64

0.154

A Rizzo

4

1

1

1

1

0

0

0.62

0.050

T Wood

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.47

0.008

J Ruggiano

4

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.69

-0.001

N Schierholtz

4

0

1

0

1

0

1

0.85

-0.006

R Sweeney

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.66

-0.018

E Whiteside

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.4

-0.042

D Barney

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.5

-0.052

L Valbuena

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.77

-0.075

Total

35

3

8

1

3

0

6

0.63

0.018

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 - Travis Wood (.442). By both WPA and game score standards, it's the best start he's had since his third start ever on July 10, 2010.
  • Hero - Starlin Castro (.154). Big 3-for-4 day including a clutch two-out single to score Justin Ruggiano in the third.
  • Sidekick - Anthony Rizzo (.050). Homer number 14 on the year for him.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Luis Valbuena (-.075). Only his second game batting leadoff this year, and it didn't go nearly as well as the first one.
  • Goat - Darwin Barney (-.052). Four outs in the air today. Maybe he's attempting to channel Willie Mays Hayes.
  • Kid - Eli Whiteside (-.042). Still has no idea what the Hero podium looks like.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 67 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

7.5

6.5

5.5

41

Anthony Rizzo

8

4

8

40

Luis Valbuena

7

7

2

37

Welington Castillo

5

3

2

23

Jason Hammel

5

3

2

23

Jeff Samardzija

6

1

2

22

Nate Schierholtz

3

5

2

21

Travis Wood

4

3

1

19

Emilio Bonifacio

1

7

1

18

Mike Olt

3

2

4

17

Darwin Barney

3.5

1.5

1

14.5

Justin Ruggiano

0.5

5.5

2

14.5

Junior Lake

3

1

3

14

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

Nate Schierholtz

4

8

5

33

Starlin Castro

4

4.5

11

32

Mike Olt

5

3

4

25

Emilio Bonifacio

1

8

4

23

Edwin Jackson

5

3

1

22

Junior Lake

3

5

3

22

Justin Grimm

6

0

1

19

Luis Valbuena

2

3.5

4.5

17.5

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

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

Darwin Barney

0

3

1

7

Ryan Sweeney

1

1

1.5

6.5

Pedro Strop

1

1

1

6

Eli Whiteside

1

0

3

6

Neil Ramirez

1

0

0

3

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

40

16

24

Luis Valbuena

37

17.5

19.5

Jeff Samardzija

22

12

10

Starlin Castro

41

32

9

Darwin Barney

14.5

7

7.5

Jason Hammel

23

17

6

Welington Castillo

23

17

6

Justin Ruggiano

14.5

9

5.5

Brian Schlitter

12

7

5

Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Jake Arrieta

10

7

3

Travis Wood

19

17

2

Neil Ramirez

4.5

3

1.5

Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

Blake Parker

1

1

0

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

6

-6

James Russell

6

13

-7

Mike Olt

17

25

-8

Junior Lake

14

22

-8

Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Edwin Jackson

12

22

-10

Carlos Villanueva

3

13

-10

Nate Schierholtz

21

33

-12

Justin Grimm

6

19

-13

Lots of activity from the top players on the plus/minus chart as the top four players that are not starting pitchers all move either up or down.