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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 72

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Travis Wood follows up one subpar outing against Pittsburgh with another one, only this time he doesn't get the win for it.

Your Superhero of the Summer Solstice.
Your Superhero of the Summer Solstice.
David Banks

He didn't make the podium, but honorable mention to Eli Whiteside for actually driving in a run.

Graphs for Game 72 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-72

Stats for Game 72:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

B Schlitter

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

1.92

0.053

C Villanueva

2

0

0

0

0

2

0.29

0.043

J Grimm

2

3

1

2

0

1

0.77

-0.128

T Wood

4.2

4

1

3

3

4

1.12

-0.214

Total

9

7

2

5

3

7

0.93

-0.246

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

4

1

1

1

2

0

1

0.94

0.191

D Barney

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1.28

0.033

E Whiteside

3

0

1

0

1

0

1

1.16

0.006

T Wood

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.49

-0.012

J Lake

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.61

-0.016

R Sweeney

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.92

-0.046

N Schierholtz

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.74

-0.049

S Castro

3

0

0

0

0

1

3

1.01

-0.064

C Coghlan

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

1.46

-0.071

L Valbuena

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.99

-0.097

J Ruggiano

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.33

-0.128

Total

32

3

5

1

3

1

8

1.11

-0.254

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 - Anthony Rizzo (.191). Swung the game in the Cubs' favor with his two-run homer, even if it was a short-lived swing.
  • Hero - Brian Schlitter (.053). Put out the fire in the fifth inning.
  • Sidekick - Carlos Villanueva (.043). Two more scoreless innings for him, making two good outings in a row.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Travis Wood (-.214). That fifth inning was his undoing.
  • Goat / Kid (tie) #1 - Justin Ruggiano (-.128). Rough 0-for-4 night for him.
  • Goat / Kid (tie) #2 - Justin Grimm (-.128). Sometimes one Justin just isn't enough.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 72 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

9.5

6.5

6.5

48

Anthony Rizzo

9

5

8

45

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

Brian Schlitter

1

3.5

4

14

Edwin Jackson

4

0

0

12

Jake Arrieta

2

3

0

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

Carlos Villanueva

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

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

Justin Grimm

6

0.5

1.5

20.5

Luis Valbuena

3

3.5

4.5

20.5

Jason Hammel

6

1

0

20

Travis Wood

4

3

2

20

Anthony Rizzo

0

6

6

18

Welington Castillo

2

4

3

17

Carlos Villanueva

4

0

1

13

James Russell

2

2

3

13

Justin Ruggiano

1

4.5

0.5

12.5

Jeff Samardzija

3

1

1

12

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

45

18

27

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

Brian Schlitter

14

10

4

Jake Arrieta

12

8

4

Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Jason Hammel

23

20

3

Justin Ruggiano

14.5

12.5

2

Neil Ramirez

4.5

3

1.5

Travis Wood

21

20

1

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

5

13

-8

Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Edwin Jackson

12

22

-10

Nate Schierholtz

22

36

-14

Justin Grimm

6

20.5

-14.5

The top and bottom of the plus/minus chart again extend as Rizzo pushes his lead and Grimm reclaims the basement for himself.