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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 103

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The pitching sweeps the Hero podium on Sunday, and the hitting sweeps the Goats.

When in doubt, look to the skies for solutions.
When in doubt, look to the skies for solutions.
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To all of my Heroes and Goats readers out there: There will not be a piece for Game 102 (Saturday's 6-3 loss), but a shout-out goes out to Nate Schierholtz whose pinch-hit homer on Saturday to tie that game gave him his first Superhero award since June 3 against the Mets.

Graphs for Game 103 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-103

Stats for Game 103:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Hendricks

6.1

7

1

1

0

2

0.86

.185

W Wright

0.2

1

0

0

0

0

1.75

.055

P Strop

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.9

.049

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.48

.036

Total

9

9

1

1

0

4

0.94

.326

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

R Sweeney

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

1.82

.009

C Coghlan

3

0

1

0

0

1

0

1.58

.006

A Rizzo

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

1.15

.000

L Valbuena

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.64

-.037

A Alcantara

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.2

-.046

N Schierholtz

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.68

-.093

W Castillo

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

2.23

-.103

K Hendricks

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

2.14

-.113

E Bonifacio

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.65

-.170

S Castro

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.11

-.280

Total

31

0

6

0

0

3

4

1.76

-.826

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 (.185). Another great outing for the rookie; unfortunately the offense just couldn't provide any support...
  • Hero - Wesley Wright (.055). And because of that lack of offense...
  • Sidekick Pedro Strop (.049). The pitching swept the board.  Hector Rondon was fourth, by the way.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Starlin Castro (-.280). One of the two 0-for-4 performances of the day, and the double play in the sixth sank him.
  • Goat - Emilio Bonifacio (-.170). The other 0-for-4 performance of the day.
  • Kid - Kyle Hendricks, the hitter (-.113). The WPA gods are fickle, and they really don't like strikeouts with runners on to end the inning.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 103 (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

Nate Schierholtz

4

6

3

27

z-Jeff Samardzija

6

2

2

24

Jake Arrieta

5

3

1

22

Emilio Bonifacio

1

9

1

22

Travis Wood

4

4

1

21

x-Mike Olt

3

3

6

21

Chris Coghlan

3

5

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

Wesley Wright

0.5

2.5

2

8.5

Carlos Villanueva

0

2

4

8

James Russell

0

1

6

8

Pedro Strop

0

1

5

7

x-Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

5.5

6.5

Kyle Hendricks

2

0

0

6

Justin Grimm

0

1

4

6

x-Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

0

3

Tsuyoshi Wada

0

1

0

2

Blake Parker

0

0

2

2

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

5

8.5

14

46

Nate Schierholtz

5

11

7

44

Luis Valbuena

5

7.5

7.5

37.5

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

Emilio Bonifacio

1

9

4

25

Justin Grimm

7

0.5

2.5

24.5

z-Jason Hammel

7

1

0

23

Carlos Villanueva

5

1

3

20

Hector Rondon

5

1

1

18

James Russell

3

2

5

18

Justin Ruggiano

2

5

2

18

Ryan Sweeney

3

3

1.5

16.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

4

1

1

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

x-Neil Ramirez

1

0

0

3

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

0

0

3

Arismendy Alcantara

0

1

1

3

Kyle Hendricks

0

1

1

3

x-Chris Rusin

0

1

0

2

Blake Parker

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

68

30

38

Justin Ruggiano

34.5

18

16.5

Starlin Castro

62

46

16

Luis Valbuena

53

37.5

15.5

Jake Arrieta

22

9

13

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Chris Coghlan

20

14

6

Arismendy Alcantara

9

3

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

x-Neil Ramirez

6.5

3

3.5

Kyle Hendricks

6

3

3

John Baker

14

12

2

y-Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

x-Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

Blake Parker

2

1

1

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

Tsuyoshi Wada

2

3

-1

x-Chris Rusin

0

2

-2

Wesley Wright

8.5

11

-2.5

Emilio Bonifacio

22

25

-3

Ryan Sweeney

12.5

16.5

-4

Pedro Strop

7

11

-4

x-Mike Olt

21

27

-6

y-Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

Hector Rondon

10.5

18

-7.5

z-Jose Veras

0

9

-9

James Russell

8

18

-10

Carlos Villanueva

8

20

-12

Junior Lake

19

32

-13

Travis Wood

21

35

-14

Nate Schierholtz

27

44

-17

Justin Grimm

6

24.5

-18.5

Edwin Jackson

13

34

-21

Hendricks pulls the Daily Double, and Castro falls out of second place on the plus/minus chart as his tough July continues.