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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Games 114-116

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After a hiatus of a month and a half, Travis Wood finally finds his way back to the top of the Hero podium with his performance on Sunday afternoon.

Talk about unfamiliar faces... it's been a while since his photo has been here for something good.
Talk about unfamiliar faces... it's been a while since his photo has been here for something good.
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What ever happened to the days when school started the day after Labor Day? This year it starts on Monday here. For that matter, where exactly did May, June, and July go? Time gets easier and easier to lose track of, it seems.

A quick recap of the Friday and Saturday games:

Game 114 (Friday - Rays 4, Cubs 3, 10 innings):
Superhero -
Ryan Sweeney (.283). Only had one hit, but when it ties the game in the bottom of the ninth, it's a pretty big deal.
Billy Goat - Hector Rondon (-.306). Kinda goes without saying.

Game 115 (Saturday - Rays 4, Cubs 0):
Superhero -
Chris Rusin (.018). Need a nutshell summary of Saturday's game? This Superhero award should do the trick. Even better, he was off to Iowa right after it.
Billy Goat - Edwin Jackson (-.134). He's had much worse Billy Goat performances, so I guess that's a silver lining.

And now, back to the normal recap for Sunday:

Graphs for Game 116 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-116

Stats for Game 116:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Wood

6

4

0

0

3

5

1.15

.191

J Grimm

1.1

0

0

0

0

0

1.5

.151

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.78

.134

P Strop

1

1

0

0

0

1

2.76

.134

C Villanueva

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.78

.134

W Wright

1

1

0

0

0

0

2.36

.134

N Ramirez

0.2

2

0

1

1

0

2.01

-.193

Total

12

8

0

1

4

8

1.57

.684

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

R Sweeney

3

2

2

0

0

0

1

2.95

.146

C Coghlan

5

0

1

0

1

0

2

2.27

.063

J Baez

6

0

2

0

1

0

2

2.33

.061

T Wood

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.98

.013

A Rizzo

6

0

2

0

1

0

2

1.78

.010

W Castillo

4

0

2

0

0

0

1

1.28

.002

S Castro

4

0

1

0

0

1

1

1.18

-.018

L Valbuena

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.01

-.025

J Lake

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

2.33

-.043

J Baker

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

2.26

-.062

C Valaika

5

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.65

-.064

J Ruggiano

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.22

-.087

A Alcantara

5

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.45

-.180

Total

46

3

13

0

3

1

17

1.81

-.184

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 - Travis Wood (.191). Starting to show signs of life. But how long will it last?
  • Hero - Justin Grimm (.151). Beat out a gaggle of relievers by virtue of recording four outs instead of three.
  • Sidekick - Ryan Sweeney (.146). Another podium appearance courtesy of another wild pitch. The WPA gods are smiling down on him right now.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Neil Ramirez (-.193). Might have avoided the top spot had he been given the chance to put out the fire he started in the seventh.
  • Goat - Arismendy Alcantara (-.180). 0-for-5 days are never good, and leadoff strikeouts late in tie games are even worse.
  • Kid - Justin Ruggiano (-.087). Garden variety 0-for-3 outing.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 116 (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

7.5

63

Luis Valbuena

12

8

5

57

Justin Ruggiano

5.5

9.5

3

38.5

Welington Castillo

8

4.5

3.5

36.5

z-Jason Hammel

5

4

5

28

y-Nate Schierholtz

4

6

3

27

Chris Coghlan

5

5

1

26

Jake Arrieta

6

3

1

25

z-Jeff Samardzija

6

2

2

24

Travis Wood

5

4

1

24

Ryan Sweeney

2

5

6.5

22.5

z-Emilio Bonifacio

1

9

1

22

x-Mike Olt

3

3

6

21

Junior Lake

3

3

4

19

x-Brian Schlitter

1

4.5

7

19

z-Darwin Barney

3.5

2.5

1

16.5

Edwin Jackson

4

1

1

15

Arismendy Alcantara

3

2

2

15

John Baker

1

4

3

14

Pedro Strop

1

2

6

13

Hector Rondon

0

1

9.5

11.5

Carlos Villanueva

0

3

5

11

Kyle Hendricks

3

0.5

0.5

10.5

Wesley Wright

0.5

3.5

2

10.5

y-Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

z-James Russell

0

2

6

10

Justin Grimm

0

2

5

9

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

5.5

6.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

1

0

5

x-Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

0

3

x-Chris Rusin

1

0

0

3

x-Blake Parker

0

0

3

3

Javier Baez

0

1

0

2

Kyuji Fujikawa

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

y-Nate Schierholtz

8

12

7

55

Starlin Castro

5

9.5

14

48

Luis Valbuena

6

7.5

9.5

42.5

Edwin Jackson

10

3

1

37

Travis Wood

9

4

2

37

Junior Lake

6

6

7

37

Anthony Rizzo

2

9

6

30

Welington Castillo

2

7.5

7.5

28.5

x-Mike Olt

5

3

6

27

Justin Ruggiano

2

7

5

25

z-Emilio Bonifacio

1

9

4

25

Justin Grimm

7

0.5

2.5

24.5

z-Jason Hammel

7

1

0

23

Hector Rondon

6

2

1

23

Chris Coghlan

3

4

4

21

Carlos Villanueva

5

1

3

20

z-James Russell

3

3

5

20

Ryan Sweeney

3

3

2.5

17.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

4

1

1

15

z-Darwin Barney

0

6

3

15

Wesley Wright

3

1

3

14

Pedro Strop

2

3

1

13

x-Brian Schlitter

2

3

1

13

Jake Arrieta

3

0

3

12

John Baker

2

1

4

12

Arismendy Alcantara

1

3

1

10

z-Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

y-Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Neil Ramirez

2

0

0

6

y-Eli Whiteside

1

0

3

6

x-Blake Parker

1

0

2

5

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

1

4

Kyle Hendricks

0

1

2

4

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

0

0

3

Javier Baez

0

1

1

3

x-Chris Rusin

0

1

0

2

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

70

30

40

Starlin Castro

63

48

15

Luis Valbuena

57

42.5

14.5

Justin Ruggiano

38.5

25

13.5

Jake Arrieta

25

12

13

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Welington Castillo

36.5

28.5

8

Kyle Hendricks

10.5

4

6.5

x-Brian Schlitter

19

13

6

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Chris Coghlan

26

21

5

Ryan Sweeney

22.5

17.5

5

Arismendy Alcantara

15

10

5

x-Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

John Baker

14

12

2

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

3

2

z-Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

y-Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

x-Chris Rusin

3

2

1

Kyuji Fujikawa

1

0

1

Neil Ramirez

6.5

6

0.5

Pedro Strop

13

13

0

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

Javier Baez

2

3

-1

x-Blake Parker

3

5

-2

z-Emilio Bonifacio

22

25

-3

Wesley Wright

10.5

14

-3.5

x-Mike Olt

21

27

-6

y-Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

Carlos Villanueva

11

20

-9

z-Jose Veras

0

9

-9

z-James Russell

10

20

-10

Hector Rondon

11.5

23

-11.5

Travis Wood

24

37

-13

Justin Grimm

9

24.5

-15.5

Junior Lake

19

37

-18

Edwin Jackson

15

37

-22

y-Nate Schierholtz

27

55

-28

Wood picks up his first Superhero award since June 15, while Ramirez jams himself into his second Billy Goat of the season.