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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 96

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Travis Wood once again finds himself in trouble almost all night and picks up his fifth Billy Goat in his last five podium appearances.

Another bad night on the hill for Travis Wood.
Another bad night on the hill for Travis Wood.
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Well, so much for my 2-1 prediction for this series.

Graphs for Game 96 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-96

Stats for Game 96:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

Z Rosscup

1

2

1

2

0

3

0.04

-.008

C Villanueva

1.2

2

0

0

0

1

0.46

-.050

T Wood

5.1

8

0

5

4

3

1.44

-.476

Total

8

12

1

7

4

7

1.1

-.534

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

W Castillo

4

1

2

1

1

0

0

1.05

.104

A Rizzo

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.58

.058

J Lake

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.98

.043

S Castro

4

0

2

0

1

0

1

1.04

.031

C Coghlan

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.39

.026

D Barney

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0.35

-.008

T Wood

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.48

-.018

J Ruggiano

4

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.65

-.025

M Olt

3

0

0

0

1

0

2

0.62

-.039

N Schierholtz

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.25

-.046

A Alcantara

5

0

0

0

0

0

3

0.76

-.091

Total

34

3

10

1

3

1

9

0.72

.034

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 - Welington Castillo (.104). His first homer since July 2.
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.058). He didn't swing at the pitch that hit him this time!
  • Sidekick Junior Lake (.043). It almost looked like Mark Trumbo was waiting for Lake's triple to go foul from the way that he played it.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Travis Wood (-.476). The same issue that it's been for over a month:  Just way too many baserunners allowed.
  • Goat - Arismendy Alcantara (-.091). If you're going to make your debut on the podium in style, I guess the way to do it is by whiffing three times.
  • Kid - Carlos Villanueva (-.050). Rough start to his outing, but it ended nicely.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 96 (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

8

8

63

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

7

4

3

32

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

4

19

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

Travis Wood

8

3

2

32

Edwin Jackson

8

3

1

31

Anthony Rizzo

2

9

6

30

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

3

20

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

Arismendy Alcantara

0

1

0

2

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

63

30

33

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

Welington Castillo

32

24.5

7.5

Chris Coghlan

19

13

6

Brian Schlitter

17

11

6

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Arismendy Alcantara

7

2

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

Hector Rondon

9.5

18

-8.5

z-Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Junior Lake

19

29

-10

Travis Wood

21

32

-11

Carlos Villanueva

6

20

-14

Justin Grimm

6

23.5

-17.5

Nate Schierholtz

24

42

-18

Edwin Jackson

13

31

-18

Castillo rebounds nicely from Friday night's performance, while Wood passes Edwin Jackson for the top of the Goat board among starting pitchers.