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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 59

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The good times keep on rolling as the win streak hits five.

A sight not seen since July 30, 2013.
A sight not seen since July 30, 2013.
Brian Kersey

So I have to admit, I didn't see the early portion of today's game because we were out running some errands. During our travels, I picked up a Chromecast, which I had been meaning to do for some time now. After getting it set up and watching MLB.tv on my television, I can safely say it's the best $35 I've ever spent.

Also, I can only hope I look as good as Lennie Merullo when I'm 97. What a guy.

Graphs for Game 59 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-59

Stats for Game 59:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Samardzija

7

5

1

2

1

8

1.05

0.183

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.41

0.031

W Wright

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.85

0.021

J Grimm

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

0.38

0.019

Total

9

5

1

2

1

8

0.95

0.255

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

E Bonifacio

4

1

1

1

2

0

1

0.81

0.176

J Lake

4

2

2

2

2

0

0

0.45

0.150

S Castro

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0.84

0.048

J Samardzija

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.8

0.010

A Rizzo

3

0

2

0

0

1

0

0.39

0.000

D Barney

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0.39

0.000

L Valbuena

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.08

-0.002

J Ruggiano

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.66

-0.004

C Coghlan

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.38

-0.010

M Olt

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.73

-0.053

E Whiteside

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.86

-0.069

Total

33

5

11

3

4

1

4

0.62

0.245

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Jeff Samardzija (.183). Great comeback outing today after the debacle in Milwaukee.
  • Hero - Emilio Bonifacio (.176). One homer that tips the scales in your favor is greater than two homers when the scales are already on your side.
  • Sidekick - Junior Lake (.150). But two homers are still a very good thing.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Big Goat - Eli Whiteside (-.069). It's the new John Baker! But we still have the old John Baker!
  • Goat - Mike Olt (-.053). Well, at least he only struck out once.
  • Kid - Chris Coghlan (-.010). Some days everything goes so well around you that you make the podium for a simple pinch-hit whiff.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 59 (Changes in Bold):

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

7

4

7

36

Starlin Castro

6.5

4.5

5.5

34

Luis Valbuena

5

4

2

25

Welington Castillo

5

3

2

23

Jason Hammel

5

3

2

23

Jeff Samardzija

6

1

2

22

Nate Schierholtz

3

4

1

18

Emilio Bonifacio

1

7

1

18

Travis Wood

3

3

1

16

Mike Olt

3

2

3

16

Junior Lake

3

1

3

14

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

Chris Coghlan

0

2

0

4

Ryan Sweeney

0

1

2

4

John Baker

0

1

2

4

Pedro Strop

0

1

2

4

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

2.5

3.5

Carlos Villanueva

0

1

0

2

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

4

3.5

11

30

Nate Schierholtz

4

7

3

29

Mike Olt

4

3

4

22

Emilio Bonifacio

1

8

3

22

Justin Grimm

6

0

1

19

Junior Lake

3

4

2

19

Welington Castillo

2

4

3

17

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

Hector Rondon

2

1

1

9

John Baker

2

0

3

9

Justin Ruggiano

1

3

0

9

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Wesley Wright

2

0

2

8

Jake Arrieta

2

0

1

7

Brian Schlitter

1

1

0

5

Darwin Barney

0

2

1

5

Ryan Sweeney

1

0

1.5

4.5

Chris Coghlan

1

0

1

4

Eli Whiteside

1

0

1

4

Neil Ramirez

1

0

0

3

Pedro Strop

0

1

1

3

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

36

15

21

Luis Valbuena

25

11.5

13.5

Jeff Samardzija

22

9

13

Jason Hammel

23

14

9

Welington Castillo

23

17

6

Brian Schlitter

11

5

6

Darwin Barney

10.5

5

5.5

Starlin Castro

34

30

4

Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Justin Ruggiano

11.5

9

2.5

Travis Wood

16

15

1

Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

Pedro Strop

4

3

1

Neil Ramirez

3.5

3

0.5

Chris Coghlan

4

4

0

Blake Parker

1

1

0

Ryan Sweeney

4

4.5

-0.5

Hector Rondon

6.5

9

-2.5

Wesley Wright

5

8

-3

Jake Arrieta

4

7

-3

Emilio Bonifacio

18

22

-4

Edwin Jackson

12

16

-4

Eli Whiteside

0

4

-4

Junior Lake

14

19

-5

John Baker

4

9

-5

Mike Olt

16

22

-6

James Russell

6

13

-7

Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Nate Schierholtz

18

29

-11

Carlos Villanueva

2

13

-11

Justin Grimm

6

19

-13

Shark edges closer to Hammel on the Hero list, while Whiteside makes the Goats for the second day in a row.