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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 69

It's often said that football is a game of inches. All it took was a few of them last night for the Marlins.

How many of these guys are here only for moral support? And what exactly is Starlin Castro looking at?
How many of these guys are here only for moral support? And what exactly is Starlin Castro looking at?
Rob Foldy

On the other hand, had the ball hit by Garrett Jones flown a few inches shorter and ended up as a double, who knows what kind of chaos could have ensued from another potential extra-inning game. Very tarnished silver lining?...

Graphs for Game 69 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-69

Stats for Game 69:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.27

0.010

J Samardzija

6

7

0

2

3

8

1.56

-0.082

B Schlitter

1

2

1

3

1

1

2.15

-0.569

Total

8

9

1

5

5

10

1.52

-0.642

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

L Valbuena

5

0

2

0

1

0

1

1.43

0.152

J Lake

4

1

1

1

2

0

1

1.58

0.109

R Sweeney

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

1.92

0.099

C Coghlan

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

1.07

0.041

S Castro

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.07

0.031

N Schierholtz

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1.13

0.012

J Samardzija

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

1.18

-0.004

J Baker

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.12

-0.030

E Whiteside

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.26

-0.031

D Barney

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

1.36

-0.035

A Rizzo

4

0

0

0

0

1

3

1.14

-0.099

J Ruggiano

3

0

0

0

1

1

0

1.26

-0.104

Total

34

5

9

1

5

2

8

1.3

0.142

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 - Luis Valbuena (.152). Another good night for Val-B with two doubles, one of which gave the Cubs the lead temporarily in the seventh.
  • Hero - Junior Lake (.109). Straight ball, he hits very much. Sometimes.
  • Sidekick - Ryan Sweeney (.099). Almost took himself right back off the podium going for third on the passed ball in the ninth.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Brian Schlitter (-.569). Only the second homer he has given up this year, but it was a backbreaker.
  • Goat - Justin Ruggiano (-.104). In cruel irony, he makes the podium as a result of his sacrifice fly in the ninth.
  • Kid - Anthony Rizzo (-.099). Another big opportunity missed with runners on first and second in the fifth.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 69 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

8.5

6.5

5.5

44

Luis Valbuena

8

7

2

40

Anthony Rizzo

8

4

8

40

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

Junior Lake

3

2

3

16

Darwin Barney

3.5

1.5

1

14.5

Justin Ruggiano

0.5

5.5

2

14.5

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

Ryan Sweeney

0

1

3

5

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

3.5

4.5

Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

Chris Coghlan

0

2

0

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

Anthony Rizzo

0

6

6

18

Luis Valbuena

2

3.5

4.5

17.5

Travis Wood

3

3

2

17

Welington Castillo

2

4

3

17

Carlos Villanueva

4

0

1

13

James Russell

2

2

3

13

Jeff Samardzija

3

1

1

12

Justin Ruggiano

1

4

0

11

Brian Schlitter

2

2

0

10

Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Hector Rondon

2

1

1

9

John Baker

2

0

3

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

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

+/-

Luis Valbuena

40

17.5

22.5

Anthony Rizzo

40

18

22

Starlin Castro

44

32

12

Jeff Samardzija

22

12

10

Darwin Barney

14.5

7

7.5

Welington Castillo

23

17

6

Travis Wood

21

17

4

Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Justin Ruggiano

14.5

11

3.5

Jason Hammel

23

20

3

Jake Arrieta

10

7

3

Brian Schlitter

12

10

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

John Baker

6

9

-3

Wesley Wright

5

8

-3

Chris Coghlan

4

7

-3

Ryan Sweeney

5

8.5

-3.5

Emilio Bonifacio

18

23

-5

Junior Lake

16

22

-6

Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

James Russell

6

13

-7

Mike Olt

17

25

-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

Valbuena takes over the lead on the plus/minus chart thanks to a four-point swing in the podium races.