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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 100

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What better way to celebrate the 100th game of the season than by... getting drubbed by the most offensively-challenged team in all of baseball.

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Kind of hard to believe that the season is already 100 games old now.  Doesn't feel like it for some reason. Then again, I seem to think that about most things involving time, so maybe it makes perfect sense.

Graphs for Game 100 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-100

Stats for Game 100:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Russell

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.000

P Strop

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

.000

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.000

W Wright

1

4

0

1

0

2

0.04

-.003

B Schlitter

0

3

0

5

1

0

0.61

-.145

E Jackson

5

7

1

4

1

4

0.73

-.185

Total

9

14

1

10

4

8

0.45

-.333

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

S Castro

4

0

2

0

1

1

0

1.28

.115

A Rizzo

4

2

1

0

0

1

3

0.61

.056

L Valbuena

4

0

1

0

1

0

1

0.95

.055

N Schierholtz

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.02

.000

J Lake

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.05

-.001

J Baker

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.98

-.012

A Alcantara

5

1

2

0

0

0

3

0.76

-.019

E Jackson

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.39

-.052

R Sweeney

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.9

-.083

E Bonifacio

5

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.56

-.109

C Coghlan

4

0

1

0

1

0

1

1.03

-.118

Total

37

3

9

0

3

2

16

0.85

-.167

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 (In slightly different order): All basically for their performance in the fourth inning.

  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.056). The single to lead off the inning...
  • Superhero - Starlin Castro (.115). The single to move Rizzo to third with nobody out, and...
  • Sidekick - Luis Valbuena (.055). The single to score Rizzo.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Edwin Jackson (-.185). (Pulls out the version or the narrative that involves Jackson giving up runs in the first and fifth innings) Yup, that's the one I needed.
  • Goat - Brian Schlitter (-.145). Pretty much his worst outing ever. The only other one that comes close is July 2, 2010 and looks a bit similar in terms of how it unraveled.
  • Kid - Chris Coghlan (-.118). Could have been a Hero had he kept up the rally in that fourth inning that basically set the entire Hero podium, but whiffed on the opportunity.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 100 (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

9

8

68

Starlin Castro

13.5

7.5

6.5

62

Luis Valbuena

10

8

4

50

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

Edwin Jackson

9

3

1

34

Travis Wood

8

3

2

32

Junior Lake

5

6

5

32

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

4

14

Brian Schlitter

2

3

1

13

John Baker

2

1

4

12

Pedro Strop

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

68

30

38

Starlin Castro

62

41

21

Justin Ruggiano

34.5

18

16.5

Luis Valbuena

50

35.5

14.5

Jake Arrieta

21

9

12

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Arismendy Alcantara

9

2

7

Chris Coghlan

20

14

6

Welington Castillo

32

26.5

5.5

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Brian Schlitter

18

13

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

Justin Grimm

6

24.5

-18.5

Nate Schierholtz

24

44

-20

Edwin Jackson

13

34

-21

The Three Musketeers of the Hero Chart all ride again, while Jackson once again reclaims the bottom of the plus/minus chart for himself.