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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 104

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Tsuyoshi Wada pitches seven strong innings, allowing only five hits and one run on his way to his first Superhero award of the season.

Maybe it's sign language.
Maybe it's sign language.
Brian Kersey

That's a nice way to start the series. Now let's see how the next couple of games go. Be prepared to avert your eyes.

Graphs for Game 104 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-104

Stats for Game 104:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Wada

7

5

0

1

1

6

1.29

.321

P Strop

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

3.11

.166

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.41

.031

J Russell

0.1

1

0

0

0

0

2.84

-.048

Total

9

6

0

1

1

8

1.46

.471

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Alcantara

3

1

1

0

0

1

0

0.81

.097

S Castro

3

0

1

0

0

1

1

0.82

.030

E Bonifacio

4

2

2

0

0

0

1

0.78

.026

A Rizzo

4

0

1

0

2

0

1

0.73

.024

N Schierholtz

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.57

.024

J Ruggiano

2

0

1

0

1

0

0

1.12

.012

J Baker

3

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.56

.001

T Wada

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.37

-.019

L Valbuena

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.08

-.030

J Lake

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.77

-.039

C Coghlan

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.94

-.097

Total

28

4

8

0

3

2

8

0.77

.029

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 - Tsuyoshi Wada (.321). Very nice rebound after his rough outing last week.
  • Hero - Pedro Strop (.166). Worked his way out of the jam he inherited in the eighth.
  • Sidekick - Arismendy Alcantara (.097). Gets a table-setting podium spot thanks to his double in the fourth.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Chris Coghlan (-.097). Not a good night at the plate with a double play and a couple of whiffs.
  • Goat - James Russell (-.048). Some nights, all you need to do is give up one hit.
  • Kid - Junior Lake (-.039). Silver Lining: Neither of his outs were strikeouts. So there's that.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 104 (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

z-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

2

10

Pedro Strop

0

2

5

9

Wesley Wright

0.5

2.5

2

8.5

Carlos Villanueva

0

2

4

8

James Russell

0

1

6

8

x-Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

5.5

6.5

Kyle Hendricks

2

0

0

6

Justin Grimm

0

1

4

6

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

1

0

5

x-Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

0

3

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

6

33

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

James Russell

3

3

5

20

Hector Rondon

5

1

1

18

Justin Ruggiano

2

5

2

18

Chris Coghlan

3

2

4

17

Ryan Sweeney

3

3

1.5

16.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

4

1

1

15

z-Darwin Barney

0

6

3

15

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

Arismendy Alcantara

10

3

7

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

Chris Coghlan

20

17

3

Kyle Hendricks

6

3

3

John Baker

14

12

2

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

3

2

z-Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

x-Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

Blake Parker

2

1

1

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

Pedro Strop

9

11

-2

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

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

20

-12

Carlos Villanueva

8

20

-12

Travis Wood

21

35

-14

Junior Lake

19

33

-14

Nate Schierholtz

27

44

-17

Justin Grimm

6

24.5

-18.5

Edwin Jackson

13

34

-21

Wada and Strop cruise to the top spots on the Hero podium, while Coghlan's 0-for-3 evening puts him at the top of the Goats.