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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 118

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Kyle Hendricks just keeps on rolling along, racking up his fifth straight quality start and his fourth Superhero award in five starts.

Normally Kyle Hendricks would appear here, but how can you pass up this photo?
Normally Kyle Hendricks would appear here, but how can you pass up this photo?
David Banks

The question came up in the recap thread for Monday's game as to what NFL team was the most rooted for among Cubs fans. Actually, the exact statement was:

There are most certainly more Cubs fans that aren’t Bears fans than Cubs fans that are.

This statement followed a previous statement of:

...there are probably more Cubs fans that are Packers fans than Bears fans.

So today's poll will ask the BCB community: For all you Cub fans out there, who is your favorite NFL team?  Granted, this sample will probably be very heavily biased, but it'll be interesting just to see where the BCB community stands on this issue.

But anyway, back to the normal recap.  This just in: Kyle Hendricks rocks.

Graphs for Game 118 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-118

Stats for Game 118:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Hendricks

7.1

6

0

0

1

5

1.06

.251

P Strop

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

3.91

.171

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.41

.031

Total

9

6

0

0

1

5

1.08

.454

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

3

1

1

1

1

1

0

0.34

.065

J Ruggiano

3

0

2

0

1

0

1

0.73

.057

A Alcantara

3

1

2

0

1

0

0

1.06

.050

S Castro

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.49

.027

L Valbuena

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.57

.022

K Hendricks

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.48

-.029

J Baez

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.42

-.042

W Castillo

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.6

-.045

C Coghlan

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.58

-.058

Total

29

3

7

1

3

2

3

0.61

.046

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 - Kyle Hendricks (.251). Well-deserved ovation from the Wrigley crowd for his performance Tuesday night.
  • Hero - Pedro Strop (.171). Double plays don't get much bigger than the one he induced in the eighth with the bases loaded.
  • Sidekick - Anthony Rizzo (.065). His first homer since July 22, and his first appearance on the Hero podium since July 31. For him, that's a really long time.

THE THREE GOATS: The oh-fers have it!

  • Billy Goat - Chris Coghlan (-.058). 0-for-4 leading off...
  • Goat - Welington Castillo (-.045). 0-for-3 batting eighth, and...
  • Kid - Javier Baez (-.042). 0-for-4 batting second. The only thing keeping him from the second stair was only one opportunity with runners on compared to Castillo's two.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 118 (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

9

71

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

Chris Coghlan

6

5

1

29

z-Jason Hammel

5

4

5

28

Jake Arrieta

6

4

1

27

y-Nate Schierholtz

4

6

3

27

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

Pedro Strop

1

3

7

16

Edwin Jackson

4

1

1

15

Arismendy Alcantara

3

2

2

15

John Baker

1

4

3

14

Kyle Hendricks

4

0.5

0.5

13.5

Hector Rondon

0

1

9.5

11.5

Carlos Villanueva

0

3

5

11

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

7

7.5

9.5

45.5

Edwin Jackson

10

3

1

37

Travis Wood

9

4

2

37

Junior Lake

6

6

7

37

Anthony Rizzo

2

9

7

31

Welington Castillo

2

8.5

7.5

30.5

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

Chris Coghlan

4

4

4

24

z-Jason Hammel

7

1

0

23

Hector Rondon

6

2

1

23

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

4

1

12

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

Javier Baez

0

1

2

4

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

0

0

3

x-Chris Rusin

0

1

0

2

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

71

31

40

Starlin Castro

63

48

15

Jake Arrieta

27

12

15

Justin Ruggiano

38.5

25

13.5

Luis Valbuena

57

45.5

11.5

Kyle Hendricks

13.5

4

9.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Welington Castillo

36.5

30.5

6

x-Brian Schlitter

19

13

6

Chris Coghlan

29

24

5

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Ryan Sweeney

22.5

17.5

5

x-Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Pedro Strop

16

13

3

Arismendy Alcantara

15

12

3

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

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

x-Blake Parker

3

5

-2

Javier Baez

2

4

-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

Hendricks moves to second place on the plus/minus chart among all starting pitchers, while Coghlan flips from yesterday's Superhero to today's Billy Goat.