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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 68

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Another huge win in 13 innings against the Marlins with Travis Wood providing the heroics.

Lots of high-fives after a game-changing home run.
Lots of high-fives after a game-changing home run.
Rob Foldy

Huge tip of the hat to the Cubs' bullpen tonight, racking up seven innings of shutout ball while striking out eight.

Graphs for Game 68 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-68

Stats for Game 68:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Villanueva

2

0

0

0

2

1

2.51

0.233

B Schlitter

1.1

0

0

0

0

2

2.21

0.208

J Russell

1

0

0

0

0

0

2.33

0.166

W Wright

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

4.42

0.125

H Rondon

1

1

0

0

1

3

3.36

0.117

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

2

1.65

0.117

J Grimm

0.1

1

0

0

2

0

2.68

-0.160

J Hammel

6

8

1

4

1

9

0.67

-0.324

Total

13

10

1

4

6

17

1.63

0.481

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

S Castro

6

1

3

1

3

0

0

1.7

0.481

T Wood

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

2.12

0.417

L Valbuena

4

1

2

0

0

2

2

1.78

0.082

J Baker

5

0

2

0

0

1

1

1.24

0.054

C Coghlan

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.44

-0.038

J Ruggiano

5

1

1

0

0

0

3

1.55

-0.053

J Hammel

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1.46

-0.054

D Barney

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

4.62

-0.097

M Olt

5

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.5

-0.121

N Schierholtz

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

2.84

-0.129

J Lake

6

1

1

0

0

0

2

1.5

-0.167

A Rizzo

5

0

0

0

1

1

1

1.95

-0.173

R Sweeney

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.74

-0.183

Total

48

5

11

1

5

4

14

1.73

0.019

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 - Starlin Castro (.481). The second-biggest WPA game of his career, a mere .001 behind his best game, April 12, 2013 against San Francisco.
  • Hero - Travis Wood (.417). Pinch-hits don't get much bigger than that, especially when you're a starting pitcher.
  • Sidekick Carlos Villanueva (.233). Two innings of shutout ball as part of a lights-out pen.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jason Hammel (-.324). Two subpar starts in a row, and two Billy Goats in a row. Please let this not be the start of a trend.
  • Goat - Ryan Sweeney (-.183). A night to forget at the plate, going 0-for-6 including a couple of chances with runners on.
  • Kid - Anthony Rizzo (-.173). Had opportunities in the 10th and 12th and came up short both times.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 68 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

8.5

6.5

5.5

44

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

Travis Wood

4

4

1

21

Nate Schierholtz

3

5

2

21

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

2

4

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

Jason Hammel

6

1

0

20

Justin Grimm

6

0

1

19

Luis Valbuena

2

3.5

4.5

17.5

Travis Wood

3

3

2

17

Welington Castillo

2

4

3

17

Anthony Rizzo

0

6

5

17

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

Ryan Sweeney

1

2

1.5

8.5

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

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

17

23

Luis Valbuena

37

17.5

19.5

Starlin Castro

44

32

12

Jeff Samardzija

22

12

10

Darwin Barney

14.5

7

7.5

Welington Castillo

23

17

6

Justin Ruggiano

14.5

9

5.5

Brian Schlitter

12

7

5

Travis Wood

21

17

4

Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Jason Hammel

23

20

3

Jake Arrieta

10

7

3

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

John Baker

6

9

-3

Wesley Wright

5

8

-3

Chris Coghlan

4

7

-3

Ryan Sweeney

4

8.5

-4.5

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

Carlos Villanueva

4

13

-9

Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Edwin Jackson

12

22

-10

Nate Schierholtz

21

33

-12

Justin Grimm

6

19

-13

Castro extends his lead on the Hero chart while Hammel picks up his sixth Billy Goat, the most among the starting pitchers.