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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 105

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Six hours and 27 minutes later, a three-way tie emerged at the top of the Hero podium.

John Baker.  New Cub Legend.
John Baker. New Cub Legend.
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Lost in the six-hour-plus marathon on Tuesday night was the start by Edwin Jackson, who pitched only four innings and threw 105 pitches. Just how rare was his performance? The only other Cub on record (since pitch counts started being tracked in 1988 on Baseball Reference) to throw 105 pitches or more and not start the fifth inning was Kerry Wood on May 13, 2001. And believe it or not, this isn't the first time that Jackson has thrown 105 pitches or more and didn't come back to start the fifth. So take a bow, sir. This golf clap is for you.

And although he won't show up on either podium: John Baker. The new Joe Mather.

Graphs for Game 105 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-105

Stats for Game 105:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

P Strop

2

0

0

0

1

2

2.07

.267

J Russell

2

1

0

0

0

3

2.34

.267

B Parker

2

1

0

0

1

2

2.73

.267

C Villanueva

2.2

0

0

0

0

4

1.18

.206

B Schlitter

1

0

0

0

1

1

1.91

.134

J Baker

1

0

0

0

1

0

2.36

.134

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

2

1.39

.104

W Wright

0.1

1

0

0

1

0

1.85

.020

E Jackson

4

6

0

3

3

4

0.79

-.132

Total

16

9

0

3

8

18

1.58

1.268

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

E Bonifacio

7

2

4

1

2

0

2

2.04

.119

J Baker

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

2.24

.074

L Valbuena

2

0

1

0

0

1

1

2.79

.071

C Coghlan

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.76

.054

A Rizzo

7

0

2

0

1

1

0

2.38

.026

A Alcantara

4

0

1

0

0

2

1

1.85

.022

J Lake

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.3

.006

C Villanueva

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.67

-.017

E Jackson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.29

-.021

S Castro

7

0

2

0

0

0

0

2.3

-.022

T Wood

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.52

-.036

R Sweeney

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.76

-.043

J Arrieta

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

4.31

-.095

W Castillo

6

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.8

-.201

J Ruggiano

6

0

0

0

0

0

4

1.86

-.273

N Schierholtz

7

1

0

0

0

0

2

2.31

-.432

Total

54

3

12

1

3

6

14

2.06

-.768

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: This is a first. A three-way tie at the top of the Hero podium. I could give a third of a share to each player, but I'm going to pull executive decision and assign podium spots based on who got themselves in the least amount of trouble.

  • Superhero - Pedro Strop (.267). He deserves the top spot anyway, in my opinion. Third night in a row pitching, wasn't expected to come in at all and put in two strong innings. Oh, and he almost walked LaTroy Hawkins.
  • Hero - James Russell (.267). Struck out three in his two innings of work and navigated around a leadoff single in the 13th.
  • Sidekick Blake Parker (.267). Man, did he ever get lucky with that blown suicide squeeze in the tenth.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Nate Schierholtz (-.432). I was still watching when he made his seventh out of the night in the 15th. By that point, I really wanted to cry. That or throw my keyboard.
  • Goat - Justin Ruggiano (-.273). It took seven plate appearances, but he finally recorded the Golden Sombrero.
  • Kid - Welington Castillo (-.201). He's looking long and hard at the Hero podium and thinking about how he got robbed twice by Charlie Blackmon.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 105 (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

Pedro Strop

1

2

5

12

Hector Rondon

0

1

8.5

10.5

x-Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

2

10

James Russell

0

2

6

10

Wesley Wright

0.5

2.5

2

8.5

Carlos Villanueva

0

2

4

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

3

3

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Nate Schierholtz

6

11

7

47

Starlin Castro

5

8.5

14

46

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

Welington Castillo

2

7.5

6.5

27.5

x-Mike Olt

5

3

6

27

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

Justin Ruggiano

2

6

2

20

Hector Rondon

5

1

1

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

Starlin Castro

62

46

16

Luis Valbuena

53

37.5

15.5

Justin Ruggiano

34.5

20

14.5

Jake Arrieta

22

9

13

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Arismendy Alcantara

10

3

7

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Brian Schlitter

18

13

5

Welington Castillo

32

27.5

4.5

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

Blake Parker

3

1

2

z-Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

Pedro Strop

12

11

1

x-Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-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

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

10

20

-10

Carlos Villanueva

8

20

-12

Travis Wood

21

35

-14

Junior Lake

19

33

-14

Justin Grimm

6

24.5

-18.5

Nate Schierholtz

27

47

-20

Edwin Jackson

13

34

-21

The back end of the bullpen sweeps the Hero podium, while Schierholtz returns to his old ways with the Goats on a historic night at Wrigley Field.