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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 106

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Wesley Wright coughs up four baserunners in the 10th inning and lands on the top step of the Goat podium for his trouble.

Hey, you gave it your best shot, Luis.
Hey, you gave it your best shot, Luis.
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It was unfortunate that the Cubs lost, but to be honest I'm glad that the game didn't go any longer than 10 innings. I don't think I could handle another night of short sleep. I'm selfish, I know.

Graphs for Game 106 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-106

Stats for Game 106:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

H Rondon

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.91

.134

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.44

.033

B Schlitter

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.6

.027

T Wood

6

8

0

4

2

11

0.66

-.188

W Wright

1

2

0

2

2

1

2.61

-.413

Total

10

12

0

6

4

15

1.01

-.408

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

L Valbuena

5

1

3

1

3

0

1

1.43

.461

R Sweeney

4

1

3

0

0

0

0

1.12

.178

A Rizzo

5

0

2

0

0

0

1

0.94

.014

T Wood

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.06

-.016

S Castro

5

1

1

0

0

0

3

0.95

-.045

J Ruggiano

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.12

-.059

J Baker

4

0

1

0

1

0

2

1.82

-.068

N Schierholtz

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

2.9

-.069

A Alcantara

5

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.43

-.150

C Coghlan

5

1

2

0

0

0

1

1.39

-.159

J Lake

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.44

-.181

Total

41

4

14

1

4

0

13

1.35

-.092

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 (.461). Just how many game-changing homers can one guy hit in a month?
  • Hero - Ryan Sweeney (.178). His first three-hit game since September 24, 2013.
  • Sidekick - Hector Rondon (.134). Successfully worked through a non-save situation.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Wesley Wright (-.413). The walks were a bad start. The hits and wild pitch were an even worse finish.
  • Goat - Travis Wood (-.188). Once he got past the second inning, he looked really darn good. Unfortunately, the first two innings still count.
  • Kid - Junior Lake (-.180). From the World of Ugly Statistics: He's now 4-for-41 in July.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 106 (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

12

8

4

56

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

Ryan Sweeney

0

5

4.5

14.5

John Baker

1

4

3

14

Edwin Jackson

4

0

1

13

Pedro Strop

1

2

5

12

Hector Rondon

0

1

9.5

11.5

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

4

2

37

Edwin Jackson

9

3

1

34

Junior Lake

5

6

7

34

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

Wesley Wright

3

1

3

14

Brian Schlitter

2

3

1

13

John Baker

2

1

4

12

Pedro Strop

2

2

1

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

Luis Valbuena

56

37.5

18.5

Starlin Castro

62

46

16

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

Ryan Sweeney

14.5

16.5

-2

x-Chris Rusin

0

2

-2

Emilio Bonifacio

22

25

-3

Wesley Wright

8.5

14

-5.5

x-Mike Olt

21

27

-6

y-Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

Hector Rondon

11.5

18

-6.5

z-Jose Veras

0

9

-9

James Russell

10

20

-10

Carlos Villanueva

8

20

-12

Junior Lake

19

34

-15

Travis Wood

21

37

-16

Justin Grimm

6

24.5

-18.5

Nate Schierholtz

27

47

-20

Edwin Jackson

13

34

-21

Valbuena leapfrogs Starlin Castro for second place on the plus/minus chart, while Wright picks up his first Billy Goat since May 9.