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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 98

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Kyle Hendricks takes the top podium spot in a landslide thanks to his five-hit performance on Tuesday night. (The three double plays while he was pitching helped out quite a bit, too.)

Eleven groundball outs, two flyball outs. Now that's how you do it.
Eleven groundball outs, two flyball outs. Now that's how you do it.
David Banks

Hard to believe, but despite the homers by Anthony Rizzo and Arismendy Alcantara, neither of them made the Hero podium Tuesday night. Sometimes it's all about the timing.

Graphs for Game 98 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-98

Stats for Game 98:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Hendricks

7

5

0

0

3

5

1.09

.359

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.07

.005

W Wright

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.07

.002

Total

9

5

0

0

4

7

0.91

.367

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

E Bonifacio

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0.42

.071

J Ruggiano

3

1

2

0

2

0

1

0.95

.066

S Castro

3

1

1

0

0

1

0

0.71

.058

A Rizzo

4

2

2

2

2

0

1

0.78

.052

A Alcantara

4

1

1

1

1

1

1

0.7

.002

N Schierholtz

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.01

.000

K Hendricks

2

0

0

0

0

1

2

0.32

-.004

M Olt

4

0

0

0

0

0

3

0.34

-.034

W Castillo

4

0

2

0

1

0

0

0.55

-.035

J Lake

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.41

-.043

Total

34

6

11

3

6

3

10

0.57

.133

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 - Kyle Hendricks (.359). Yeah, I think he'll be still be around for the St. Louis series.
  • Hero - Emilio Bonfiacio (.071). Build up that trade value, Boni!
  • Sidekick - Justin Ruggiano (.066). Hopefully whatever caused him to gingerly trot the bases in the seventh on Welington Castillo's double isn't serious.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Junior Lake (-.043). His struggles in the month of July continue, but he'll be staying with the big club when Tsuyoshi Wada comes up later today.
  • Goat - Welington Castillo (-.035). Talk about getting hosed. Despite the two hits, the inning-ending flyout in the first with runners on the corners were enough to earn the second podium spot Tuesday night. It's all about the timing, I tell ya.
  • Kid - Mike Olt (-.034). And with Tuesday night's 0-for-4 performance, he's on his way back to Iowa. Hopefully he and Manny can figure some things out down there.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 98 (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

14

8

8

66

Starlin Castro

12.5

7.5

6.5

59

Luis Valbuena

9

8

3

46

Justin Ruggiano

5.5

7.5

3

34.5

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

1

20

Emilio Bonifacio

1

8

1

20

Junior Lake

3

3

4

19

Brian Schlitter

1

4.5

5

17

y-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

Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

9

James Russell

0

1

6

8

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

x-Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

Kyle Hendricks

1

0

0

3

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

11

7

44

Starlin Castro

4

6.5

14

39

Luis Valbuena

5

6.5

7.5

35.5

Travis Wood

8

3

2

32

Junior Lake

5

6

5

32

Edwin Jackson

8

3

1

31

Anthony Rizzo

2

9

6

30

Mike Olt

5

3

6

27

Welington Castillo

2

7.5

5.5

26.5

Justin Grimm

7

0.5

1.5

23.5

z-Jason Hammel

7

1

0

23

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

James Russell

2

2

5

15

y-Darwin Barney

0

6

3

15

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

Kyle Hendricks

0

1

0

2

x-Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

66

30

36

Starlin Castro

59

39

20

Justin Ruggiano

34.5

18

16.5

Jake Arrieta

21

9

12

Luis Valbuena

46

35.5

10.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Chris Coghlan

20

13

7

Arismendy Alcantara

9

2

7

Brian Schlitter

17

11

6

Welington Castillo

32

26.5

5.5

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

x-Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Neil Ramirez

6.5

3

3.5

John Baker

14

12

2

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

2

0

2

y-Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

x-Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

Kyle Hendricks

3

2

1

x-Blake Parker

2

1

1

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

x-Chris Rusin

0

2

-2

Emilio Bonifacio

20

23

-3

Wesley Wright

6.5

10

-3.5

Pedro Strop

6

11

-5

Mike Olt

21

27

-6

Ryan Sweeney

10.5

16.5

-6

y-Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

James Russell

8

15

-7

Hector Rondon

9.5

18

-8.5

z-Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Travis Wood

21

32

-11

Junior Lake

19

32

-13

Carlos Villanueva

6

20

-14

Justin Grimm

6

23.5

-17.5

Edwin Jackson

13

31

-18

Nate Schierholtz

24

44

-20

Hendricks makes his debut on the Hero podium in grand fashion, while Lake slides further down the plus/minus chart.