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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 99

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The second start for Tsuyoshi Wada didn't go nearly as well as the first.

It's way too early to be looking that dejected, man.
It's way too early to be looking that dejected, man.
Brian Kersey

Couple that with two huge missed opportunities in the fifth and seventh innings and you have the recipe for Edwin Jackson as your primary hope for a series victory. You might want to avoid that recipe if you can in the future.

Graphs for Game 99 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-99

Stats for Game 99:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Villanueva

2

1

0

0

1

3

0.74

.069

B Schlitter

1

0

0

0

2

0

1.93

.065

J Russell

1

0

0

0

1

0

0.02

.001

J Grimm

1

2

0

3

3

0

0.47

-.110

T Wada

4

5

0

5

4

4

0.96

-.429

Total

9

8

0

8

11

7

0.82

-.404

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

L Valbuena

4

1

1

1

3

0

0

0.88

.270

R Sweeney

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.84

.053

W Castillo

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.92

.018

E Bonifacio

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.07

-.001

J Baker

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.08

-.002

N Schierholtz

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.39

-.006

T Wada

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.72

-.018

A Rizzo

2

1

1

0

0

2

1

1.43

-.023

J Lake

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.52

-.038

C Coghlan

3

1

0

0

0

1

2

0.93

-.052

A Alcantara

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

1.5

-.066

S Castro

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

2.29

-.232

Total

30

3

4

1

3

6

9

1.17

-.096

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 - Luis Valbuena (.270). Fun fact: The last time he homered -- back on June 28 -- was also the last time he was at the top of the Hero podium.
  • Hero - Carlos Villanueva (.069). More like a depressing fact: The last time he was this high on the podium was on April 6, 24 appearances ago.
  • Sidekick Brian Schlitter (.065). Nifty play on the forceout at home in the fifth. JD's commentary made it even better.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Tsuyoshi Wada (-.429). Couldn't find the strike zone most of the night, and when he did bad things tended to happen.
  • Goat - Starlin Castro (-.232). Four chances with runners on and couldn't make anything out of them.
  • Kid - Justin Grimm (-.110). Any hope that remained -- no matter how fleeting -- was essentially squashed after he was done.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 99 (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

10

8

3

49

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

x-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

6

18

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

Carlos Villanueva

0

2

4

8

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

x-Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

Kyle Hendricks

1

0

0

3

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

0

3

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

7.5

14

41

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

x-Mike Olt

5

3

6

27

Welington Castillo

2

7.5

5.5

26.5

Justin Grimm

7

0.5

2.5

24.5

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

Tsuyoshi Wada

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

41

18

Justin Ruggiano

34.5

18

16.5

Luis Valbuena

49

35.5

13.5

Jake Arrieta

21

9

12

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Chris Coghlan

20

13

7

Brian Schlitter

18

11

7

Arismendy Alcantara

9

2

7

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

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

Tsuyoshi Wada

2

3

-1

x-Chris Rusin

0

2

-2

Emilio Bonifacio

20

23

-3

Wesley Wright

6.5

10

-3.5

Pedro Strop

6

11

-5

x-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

Carlos Villanueva

8

20

-12

Junior Lake

19

32

-13

Edwin Jackson

13

31

-18

Justin Grimm

6

24.5

-18.5

Nate Schierholtz

24

44

-20

Valbuena rides the longball to the top of the Heroes, while Wada sees for the first time what the Goat podium looks like.