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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 95

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In a matter of two batters in the ninth, the Goat podium completely changes while the Cubs walk away with the loss in the first game of the series.

Things were looking good for Ryan Sweeney in the fourth.  Five innings later...
Things were looking good for Ryan Sweeney in the fourth. Five innings later...
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Once again Zac Rosscup dodges a Goat podium appearance despite giving up the lead in the sixth inning. Something tells me, though, that when the next round of roster moves comes around, Rosscup could be finding his way back to Iowa.  Call it a hunch.

Graphs for Game 95 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-95

Stats for Game 95:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

N Ramirez

1

1

0

0

1

1

1.13

0.040

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.38

0.028

J Russell

0

1

0

1

0

0

1.14

-0.045

E Jackson

5.1

7

1

3

0

3

1.2

-0.059

Z Rosscup

0.1

1

0

0

0

0

2.17

-0.142

B Schlitter

0.1

2

0

1

0

0

3.41

-0.178

Total

8

12

1

5

1

5

1.36

-0.356

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

4

2

2

2

3

0

0

1.44

0.212

J Ruggiano

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.67

0.175

C Coghlan

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.06

0.034

E Jackson

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.45

0.003

A Alcantara

3

1

0

0

0

1

0

1.55

0.001

N Schierholtz

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.79

-0.020

S Castro

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

1.28

-0.075

L Valbuena

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

1.23

-0.108

W Castillo

4

0

0

0

0

0

3

1.73

-0.182

R Sweeney

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

2.13

-0.185

Total

32

4

6

2

4

3

6

1.44

-0.144

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 (.212). That homer was freakin' crushed. So was the other one.
  • Hero - Justin Ruggiano (.175). It takes some big, brass you-know-whats to swipe second base when you're down one in the ninth. Even bigger ones when you're 1-for-4 on the year in stolen base attempts before that.
  • Sidekick Neil Ramirez (.040). It felt like the seventh was never going to end, but he managed to walk away unscathed.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Ryan Sweeney (-.185). So many ways to get Ruggs home, and what happens?  Popout to third.
  • Goat - Welington Castillo (-.182). Just a brutal night at the plate with three whiffs including the game-ender.
  • Kid - Brian Schlitter (-.178). A ground ball here, and a ground ball there... the sac fly he allowed locked up the podium spot, though.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 95 (Changes in Bold, Notations Below):

x - Player not on 25-man roster.
y - Player not on 40-man roster.
z - Player no longer with Cubs.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

13

7

8

61

Starlin Castro

12.5

7.5

6.5

59

Luis Valbuena

9

8

3

46

Justin Ruggiano

5.5

7.5

2

33.5

Welington Castillo

6

4

3

29

z-Jason Hammel

5

4

5

28

z-Jeff Samardzija

6

2

2

24

Nate Schierholtz

3

6

3

24

Jake Arrieta

5

3

0

21

Travis Wood

4

4

1

21

Mike Olt

3

3

6

21

Chris Coghlan

3

5

0

19

Junior Lake

3

3

3

18

x-Emilio Bonifacio

1

7

1

18

Brian Schlitter

1

4.5

5

17

Darwin Barney

3.5

2.5

1

16.5

John Baker

1

4

3

14

Edwin Jackson

4

0

1

13

Ryan Sweeney

0

3

4.5

10.5

x-Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

Hector Rondon

0

1

7.5

9.5

James Russell

0

1

6

8

Arismendy Alcantara

2

0

1

7

Wesley Wright

0.5

1.5

2

6.5

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

5.5

6.5

Justin Grimm

0

1

4

6

Pedro Strop

0

1

4

6

Carlos Villanueva

0

1

4

6

Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

0

3

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

0

1

0

2

x-Blake Parker

0

0

2

2

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Nate Schierholtz

5

10

7

42

Starlin Castro

4

6.5

14

39

Luis Valbuena

4

6.5

7.5

32.5

Edwin Jackson

8

3

1

31

Anthony Rizzo

2

9

6

30

Travis Wood

7

3

2

29

Junior Lake

4

6

5

29

Mike Olt

5

3

5

26

Welington Castillo

2

6.5

5.5

24.5

Justin Grimm

7

0.5

1.5

23.5

z-Jason Hammel

7

1

0

23

x-Emilio Bonifacio

1

8

4

23

Carlos Villanueva

5

1

2

19

Hector Rondon

5

1

1

18

Justin Ruggiano

2

5

2

18

Ryan Sweeney

3

3

1.5

16.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

4

1

1

15

Darwin Barney

0

6

3

15

James Russell

2

2

4

14

Chris Coghlan

2

2

3

13

John Baker

2

1

4

12

Pedro Strop

2

2

1

11

Brian Schlitter

2

2

1

11

Wesley Wright

2

1

2

10

z-Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Jake Arrieta

2

0

3

9

x-Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

y-Eli Whiteside

1

0

3

6

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

1

4

Neil Ramirez

1

0

0

3

x-Chris Rusin

0

1

0

2

x-Kyle Hendricks

0

1

0

2

x-Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

61

30

31

Starlin Castro

59

39

20

Justin Ruggiano

33.5

18

15.5

Luis Valbuena

46

32.5

13.5

Jake Arrieta

21

9

12

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Arismendy Alcantara

7

0

7

Chris Coghlan

19

13

6

Brian Schlitter

17

11

6

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Welington Castillo

29

24.5

4.5

Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Neil Ramirez

6.5

3

3.5

John Baker

14

12

2

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

2

0

2

Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

x-Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

x-Blake Parker

2

1

1

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

x-Kyle Hendricks

0

2

-2

x-Chris Rusin

0

2

-2

Wesley Wright

6.5

10

-3.5

Mike Olt

21

26

-5

x-Emilio Bonifacio

18

23

-5

Pedro Strop

6

11

-5

Ryan Sweeney

10.5

16.5

-6

James Russell

8

14

-6

y-Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

Travis Wood

21

29

-8

Hector Rondon

9.5

18

-8.5

z-Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Junior Lake

18

29

-11

Carlos Villanueva

6

19

-13

Justin Grimm

6

23.5

-17.5

Nate Schierholtz

24

42

-18

Edwin Jackson

13

31

-18

Rizzo returns to the top of the Hero board, while Sweeney and Castillo work their way to the Goat podium at the very last minute.