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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 56

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The bullpen comes through once again, throwing four more scoreless innings to seal a second consecutive one-run win.

How to make the Hero list in an unlikely way.
How to make the Hero list in an unlikely way.
Brian Kersey

Rest in peace, Popeye. And thank you for the memories of 1989.

Graphs for Game 56 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-56

Stats for Game 56:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

H Rondon

1

1

0

0

0

2

2.27

0.158

W Wright

0.1

0

0

0

0

1

4.81

0.120

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.57

0.118

J Russell

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

1.49

0.074

J Grimm

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.8

0.020

C Villanueva

0.2

1

0

0

2

2

2.11

-0.041

E Jackson

5

5

1

1

5

4

1.04

-0.187

Total

9

7

1

1

7

10

1.43

0.263

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

S Castro

4

0

3

0

3

0

0

1.97

0.349

A Rizzo

2

2

1

0

0

2

1

1.88

0.228

J Ruggiano

2

2

1

0

0

3

1

0.94

0.085

C Coghlan

2

0

1

0

0

2

0

1.58

0.073

L Valbuena

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.38

0.014

E Jackson

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.46

-0.011

J Lake

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.6

-0.015

D Barney

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.24

-0.031

E Bonifacio

5

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.77

-0.039

M Olt

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.71

-0.104

N Schierholtz

4

0

0

0

1

0

2

1.72

-0.116

J Baker

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.11

-0.196

Total

30

5

8

0

4

8

9

1.35

0.237

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Starlin Castro (.349). Made up for his error in the first with a big night at the plate.
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.228). One of the wonderful quirks of WPA: Rizzo makes the second step on the podium thanks in large part to scoring on the Jeurys Familia wild pitch.
  • Sidekick - Hector Rondon (.158). Capped a great night by the bullpen with his seventh save of the year.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Big Goat - John Baker (-.196). The double play off of the leg of Daisuke Matsuzaka was the critical blow on his 0-for-4 night.
  • Goat - Edwin Jackson (-.187). Ten baserunners in five innings, and still managed to get the win.
  • Kid - Nate Schierholtz (-.116). Three RISP opportunities and walked away with only an RBI groundout.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 56 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

6.5

4.5

5.5

34

Anthony Rizzo

6

4

6

32

Luis Valbuena

5

4

2

25

Welington Castillo

5

3

2

23

Jason Hammel

4

3

2

20

Jeff Samardzija

5

1

2

19

Nate Schierholtz

3

4

1

18

Mike Olt

3

2

3

16

Emilio Bonifacio

1

6

1

16

Travis Wood

3

2

1

14

Junior Lake

3

1

2

13

Edwin Jackson

4

0

0

12

Justin Ruggiano

0.5

4.5

1

11.5

Brian Schlitter

1

2.5

3

11

Darwin Barney

2.5

1.5

0

10.5

Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

Hector Rondon

0

0

6.5

6.5

Justin Grimm

0

1

4

6

James Russell

0

1

4

6

Wesley Wright

0.5

1.5

0.5

5

Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

Jake Arrieta

0

2

0

4

Ryan Sweeney

0

1

2

4

John Baker

0

1

2

4

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

2.5

3.5

Pedro Strop

0

1

1

3

Carlos Villanueva

0

1

0

2

Chris Coghlan

0

1

0

2

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Nate Schierholtz

4

7

3

29

Starlin Castro

4

3.5

10

29

Mike Olt

4

2

4

20

Emilio Bonifacio

1

7

3

20

Junior Lake

3

4

2

19

Welington Castillo

2

4

3

17

Justin Grimm

5

0

1

16

Edwin Jackson

3

3

1

16

Travis Wood

3

2

2

15

Anthony Rizzo

0

6

3

15

Jason Hammel

4

1

0

14

Carlos Villanueva

4

0

1

13

James Russell

2

2

3

13

Luis Valbuena

0

3.5

4.5

11.5

Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Jeff Samardzija

2

1

1

9

John Baker

2

0

3

9

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Wesley Wright

2

0

2

8

Jake Arrieta

2

0

1

7

Justin Ruggiano

1

2

0

7

Hector Rondon

1

1

1

6

Brian Schlitter

1

1

0

5

Darwin Barney

0

2

1

5

Ryan Sweeney

1

0

1.5

4.5

Neil Ramirez

1

0

0

3

Chris Coghlan

1

0

0

3

Pedro Strop

0

1

1

3

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

32

15

17

Luis Valbuena

25

11.5

13.5

Jeff Samardzija

19

9

10

Welington Castillo

23

17

6

Jason Hammel

20

14

6

Brian Schlitter

11

5

6

Darwin Barney

10.5

5

5.5

Starlin Castro

34

29

5

Justin Ruggiano

11.5

7

4.5

Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

Hector Rondon

6.5

6

0.5

Neil Ramirez

3.5

3

0.5

Pedro Strop

3

3

0

Blake Parker

1

1

0

Ryan Sweeney

4

4.5

-0.5

Travis Wood

14

15

-1

Chris Coghlan

2

3

-1

Wesley Wright

5

8

-3

Jake Arrieta

4

7

-3

Emilio Bonifacio

16

20

-4

Mike Olt

16

20

-4

Edwin Jackson

12

16

-4

John Baker

4

9

-5

Junior Lake

13

19

-6

James Russell

6

13

-7

Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Justin Grimm

6

16

-10

Nate Schierholtz

18

29

-11

Carlos Villanueva

2

13

-11

Castro and Rizzo lead the way in the Heroes, while Schierholtz returns to the plus/minus basement after a brief escape.