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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 107

After cruising along for six innings, Jake Arrieta fights through a shaky seventh on his way to the top podium spot on Thursday afternoon.

Brian Kersey

A quick note for my H & G readers:  I will be out of town on Friday and Saturday, so there will not be a Heroes and Goats recap for those two games. I'll be back on Sunday with the normal recap plus a summary of the top podium spots for the Friday and Saturday games.

Graphs for Game 107 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-107

Stats for Game 107:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

7

3

0

1

2

7

1.29

.341

B Schlitter

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.96

.072

H Rondon

1

2

0

0

0

2

3.22

.071

Total

9

5

0

1

2

9

1.59

.484

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

2

1

1

0

0

1

1

1.27

.164

C Coghlan

3

1

2

0

0

1

0

1.07

.071

W Castillo

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.67

.024

R Sweeney

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.29

-.007

A Alcantara

4

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.95

-.015

L Valbuena

3

0

0

0

1

0

1

0.92

-.022

J Arrieta

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.1

-.033

J Ruggiano

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

1.28

-.047

S Castro

3

0

0

0

1

1

0

1.61

-.052

J Lake

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.09

-.067

Total

25

3

6

0

3

3

4

1.09

.016

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 - Jake Arrieta (.341). Just another day at the office for Jake.
  • Hero - Anthony Rizzo (.164). Pulled off the hat trick of ways of reaching first base: single, walk, and beanball to the elbow.
  • Sidekick - Brian Schlitter (.072). Takes the final spot by a nose with a perfect eighth inning.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Junior Lake (-.067). Silver Lining: He had a hit. Sure, he also had the 6-4-3 double play, but he had a hit.
  • Goat - Starlin Castro (-.052). And this is with the game-tying bases-loaded walk.
  • Kid - Justin Ruggiano (-.047). A rather uneventful 0-for-2 day, and the sac fly in the sixth didn't sway the numbers much for him.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 107 (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

10

8

70

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

Jake Arrieta

6

3

1

25

z-Jeff Samardzija

6

2

2

24

z-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

7

19

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

z-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

Starlin Castro

5

9.5

14

48

Nate Schierholtz

6

11

7

47

Luis Valbuena

5

7.5

7.5

37.5

Travis Wood

9

4

2

37

Junior Lake

6

6

7

37

Edwin Jackson

9

3

1

34

Anthony Rizzo

2

9

6

30

Welington Castillo

2

7.5

6.5

27.5

x-Mike Olt

5

3

6

27

z-Emilio Bonifacio

1

9

4

25

Justin Grimm

7

0.5

2.5

24.5

z-Jason Hammel

7

1

0

23

Justin Ruggiano

2

6

3

21

Carlos Villanueva

5

1

3

20

z-James Russell

3

3

5

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

70

30

40

Luis Valbuena

56

37.5

18.5

Jake Arrieta

25

9

16

Starlin Castro

62

48

14

Justin Ruggiano

34.5

21

13.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Arismendy Alcantara

10

3

7

Brian Schlitter

19

13

6

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

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

z-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

z-James Russell

10

20

-10

Carlos Villanueva

8

20

-12

Travis Wood

21

37

-16

Junior Lake

19

37

-18

Justin Grimm

6

24.5

-18.5

Nate Schierholtz

27

47

-20

Edwin Jackson

13

34

-21

Rizzo becomes the first Cub to break the plus-40 barrier on the plus/minus chart, and Arrieta jumps up to third with his top Hero podium spot.