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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 101

Luis Valbuena takes the top spot in grand fashion for the second time this week.

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After so many games lately where the Cubs have had the lead and lost, it's nice to see the tables turn the other direction for once.

Graphs for Game 101 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-101

Stats for Game 101:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

H Rondon

1

1

0

0

0

0

2.88

.158

N Ramirez

1

1

0

0

0

1

3.09

.118

J Grimm

1

1

0

0

1

2

1.38

.053

W Wright

1

2

0

0

0

1

1.65

-.114

T Wood

5

7

2

2

1

5

0.93

-.295

Total

9

12

2

2

2

9

1.53

-.079

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

L Valbuena

2

3

1

1

2

2

0

1.45

.424

R Sweeney

4

1

2

1

4

0

0

1.33

.258

T Wood

2

1

1

1

1

0

0

0.74

.129

W Castillo

4

1

2

0

0

0

2

1.13

.064

A Rizzo

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1.1

.053

E Bonifacio

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.04

.051

J Baker

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.38

-.009

A Alcantara

4

0

1

0

0

1

0

0.82

-.044

J Ruggiano

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

2.6

-.059

N Schierholtz

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.22

-.062

C Coghlan

5

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

-.097

S Castro

5

0

1

0

0

0

3

1.7

-.129

Total

35

7

11

3

7

3

9

1.18

.579

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 (.424). Another day, another game-changing homer. He's getting good at this.
  • Hero - Ryan Sweeney (.258). And then there was his game-changer. Apparently he and Valbuena have been sharing a playbook.
  • Sidekick - Hector Rondon (.158). Saves when you're only ahead by one run are pretty huge.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Travis Wood (-.295). No doubt he was victimized by the Keystone Cops defense behind him in the first, but giving up two homers in the fifth to tie the game did him in.
  • Goat - Starlin Castro (-.145). Seriously, July can not end soon enough for him.
  • Kid - Wesley Wright (-.114). Another victim of a defensive miscue.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 101 (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

11

8

4

53

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

4

4.5

12.5

Hector Rondon

0

1

8.5

10.5

x-Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

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

8.5

14

43

Luis Valbuena

5

6.5

7.5

35.5

Travis Wood

9

3

2

35

Edwin Jackson

9

3

1

34

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

3

11

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

43

19

Luis Valbuena

53

35.5

17.5

Justin Ruggiano

34.5

18

16.5

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

Ryan Sweeney

12.5

16.5

-4

Wesley Wright

6.5

11

-4.5

Pedro Strop

6

11

-5

x-Mike Olt

21

27

-6

y-Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

James Russell

8

15

-7

Hector Rondon

10.5

18

-7.5

z-Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Carlos Villanueva

8

20

-12

Junior Lake

19

32

-13

Travis Wood

21

35

-14

Justin Grimm

6

24.5

-18.5

Nate Schierholtz

24

44

-20

Edwin Jackson

13

34

-21

Valbuena tops the podium once again with one swing of the bat, while Wood ties Edwin Jackson for the most Billy Goats of the season.