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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 71

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The Cubs put up five runs early and once again the bullpen makes it stick, throwing four more scoreless innings.

I'm pretty sure that's not how Sammy Sosa used to do it.
I'm pretty sure that's not how Sammy Sosa used to do it.
Brian Kersey

Fun fact I learned today while listening to the game: The Cubs' record of 18-13 in their last 31 games is the best record of any team in the National League during that span. As Jack Palance would say: "Believe it, or not."

Graphs for Game 71 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-71

Stats for Game 71:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

E Jackson

5

5

1

3

2

8

0.86

0.052

N Ramirez

1

0

0

0

1

1

1.53

0.045

W Wright

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

1.65

0.042

P Strop

1

0

0

0

1

2

0.77

0.041

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

2

0.41

0.031

B Schlitter

0.2

2

0

0

0

0

1.23

0.004

Total

9

7

1

3

4

13

0.97

0.214

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Coghlan

3

2

2

1

1

1

0

0.89

0.201

A Rizzo

3

1

1

0

2

1

1

1.18

0.107

S Castro

4

1

1

1

3

0

1

0.73

0.054

E Jackson

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.46

0.025

J Lake

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.1

0.002

L Valbuena

5

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.58

-0.001

J Ruggiano

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.37

-0.009

M Olt

3

0

0

0

0

1

3

0.24

-0.014

J Baker

3

0

1

0

0

1

1

0.37

-0.021

R Sweeney

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.36

-0.027

N Schierholtz

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.3

-0.031

Total

32

6

9

2

6

4

9

0.55

0.286

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: Basically all three spots today were determined by the events of the first and third innings.

  • Superhero - Chris Coghlan (.201). The difference between Coghlan and the rest of the podium? He didn't strand anyone in the first, whereas...
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.107) and the third-place Hero did strand someone, namely Coghlan. And the main thing that separated Rizzo from...
  • Sidekick - Starlin Castro (.054) was the score of the game when the runs were driven in. A three-run homer when the score is 2-0 has less impact than a two-run double when the game is still scoreless.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Nate Schierholtz (-.031). When you're 0-for-4 and no one else is, odds are pretty good that you'll take the top spot.
  • Goat - Ryan Sweeney (-.027). Had the single in the fifth, but with two outs already recorded in the inning and the Cubs holding a three-run lead at the time, the impact was minimal.
  • Kid - John Baker (-.021). Pretty much the same story as Sweeney's.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 71 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

9.5

6.5

6.5

48

Anthony Rizzo

8

5

8

42

Luis Valbuena

8

7

2

40

Welington Castillo

5

3

2

23

Jason Hammel

5

3

2

23

Jeff Samardzija

6

1

2

22

Nate Schierholtz

3

5

3

22

Travis Wood

4

4

1

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

Jake Arrieta

2

3

0

12

Brian Schlitter

1

2.5

4

12

Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

Chris Coghlan

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

Ryan Sweeney

0

1

3

5

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

3.5

4.5

Zac Rosscup

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

5

8

5

36

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

Luis Valbuena

3

3.5

4.5

20.5

Jason Hammel

6

1

0

20

Justin Grimm

6

0

1

19

Anthony Rizzo

0

6

6

18

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

Ryan Sweeney

1

3

1.5

10.5

Brian Schlitter

2

2

0

10

John Baker

2

0

4

10

Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Hector Rondon

2

1

1

9

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Darwin Barney

0

4

1

9

Wesley Wright

2

0

2

8

Jake Arrieta

2

0

2

8

Chris Coghlan

1

1

2

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

42

18

24

Luis Valbuena

40

20.5

19.5

Starlin Castro

48

32

16

Jeff Samardzija

22

12

10

Welington Castillo

23

17

6

Darwin Barney

14.5

9

5.5

Travis Wood

21

17

4

Jake Arrieta

12

8

4

Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Justin Ruggiano

14.5

11

3.5

Jason Hammel

23

20

3

Brian Schlitter

12

10

2

Neil Ramirez

4.5

3

1.5

Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

Chris Coghlan

7

7

0

Blake Parker

1

1

0

Pedro Strop

4

6

-2

Hector Rondon

6.5

9

-2.5

Wesley Wright

5

8

-3

John Baker

6

10

-4

Emilio Bonifacio

18

23

-5

Ryan Sweeney

5

10.5

-5.5

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

Justin Grimm

6

19

-13

Nate Schierholtz

22

36

-14

Movement on both extremes of the plus/minus chart as Rizzo climbs higher and Schierholtz returns to the basement.