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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 119

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Tsuyoshi Wada follows up the strong performance by Kyle Hendricks on Tuesday night with one of his own on Wednesday night.

Doing his best to help Cub fans forget Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.
Doing his best to help Cub fans forget Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.
David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

One hundred BCB points go to bonscottsbigballs for his prediction of Wednesday night's Superhero. Might be time for me to replenish my BCB point stash.

For today's poll, Heroes and Goats asks: Following up on Tuesday's Jon Lester discussion, what do you think the 2015 Opening Day payroll will be?

Graphs for Game 119 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-119

Stats for Game 119:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Wada

6.2

5

2

2

1

5

0.71

.176

N Ramirez

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.12

.072

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.94

.071

J Grimm

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.51

.013

Total

9

6

2

2

1

6

0.77

.332

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Baez

4

2

2

1

1

0

0

0.64

.133

S Castro

4

0

3

0

1

0

0

0.42

.083

C Coghlan

4

1

3

0

0

0

1

0.43

.069

L Valbuena

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.41

.019

A Rizzo

3

1

1

1

2

0

0

0.65

.015

R Sweeney

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.38

-.010

T Wada

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.31

-.015

J Lake

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.31

-.024

A Alcantara

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.54

-.040

J Baker

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.5

-.062

Total

31

4

9

2

4

2

5

0.48

.168

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 - Tsuyoshi Wada (.176). Cruised through the first six innings before he ran out of steam, but still a solid night.
  • Hero - Javier Baez (.133). Hey, if you want to make your first homer at Wrigley something to remember, might as well hit it onto Waveland.
  • Sidekick - Starlin Castro (.083). Whole lotta singles goin' on.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - John Baker (-.062). He hasn't seen this podium spot in a long time.  You have to go back to June 4 for his last Billy Goat.
  • Goat - Arismendy Alcantara (-.040). Set Baker up for the fall with his walk in the eighth.
  • Kid - Junior Lake (-.024). In summary, it was a bad night for the bottom of the order.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 119 (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

8.5

64

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

Tsuyoshi Wada

2

1

0

8

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

5.5

6.5

x-Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

Javier Baez

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

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

Junior Lake

6

6

8

38

Edwin Jackson

10

3

1

37

Travis Wood

9

4

2

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

John Baker

3

1

4

15

z-Darwin Barney

0

6

3

15

Wesley Wright

3

1

3

14

Arismendy Alcantara

1

5

1

14

Pedro Strop

2

3

1

13

x-Brian Schlitter

2

3

1

13

Jake Arrieta

3

0

3

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

64

48

16

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

Tsuyoshi Wada

8

3

5

x-Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Pedro Strop

16

13

3

z-Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

Arismendy Alcantara

15

14

1

y-Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

x-Chris Rusin

3

2

1

Kyuji Fujikawa

1

0

1

Neil Ramirez

6.5

6

0.5

Javier Baez

4

4

0

John Baker

14

15

-1

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-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

38

-19

Edwin Jackson

15

37

-22

y-Nate Schierholtz

27

55

-28

Wada picks up his second Superhero of the year, while the six, seven, and eight-hitters sweep the Goat podium in hitless fashion.