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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 120

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Edwin Jackson started. Not much else needs to be said.

This picture makes him look like he was doing something good. He wasn't.
This picture makes him look like he was doing something good. He wasn't.
David Banks

The silver lining to Thursday's loss: Two new faces made their first appearance on the Hero podium. Probably because they weren't part of the group that was striking out 16 times.

Graphs for Game 120 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-120

Stats for Game 120:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Turner

2.1

0

0

0

0

1

0.13

.023

C Villanueva

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.04

.003

K Fujikawa

1

2

1

1

1

2

0.16

-.026

E Jackson

4.2

7

1

5

3

4

0.56

-.267

Total

9

9

2

6

4

7

0.39

-.267

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Valaika

1

0

1

0

2

0

0

0.76

.051

A Rizzo

4

0

2

0

0

0

1

0.3

.011

W Castillo

2

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.44

-.001

J Turner

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.37

-.011

J Ruggiano

4

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.22

-.015

E Jackson

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.62

-.015

S Castro

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.45

-.038

A Alcantara

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.4

-.040

J Baez

4

0

0

0

0

0

4

0.5

-.051

L Valbuena

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.55

-.057

C Coghlan

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.64

-.067

Total

33

2

5

0

2

1

16

0.45

-.233

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 - Chris Valaika (.051). It took him 10 games, but he finally found the podium room. I think the other Cubs were keeping it hidden from him.
  • Hero - Jacob Turner (.023). Nice way to make your Cub debut, Jacob!
  • Sidekick - Anthony Rizzo (.011). He was the last Cub in the starting lineup to strike out, finally succumbing in the eighth.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Edwin Jackson (-.267). That's number 11, folks. Eleven! That's three more than Nate Schierholtz!
  • Goat - Chris Coghlan (-.067). The clincher was the forceout in the seventh with Valaika on first.
  • Kid - Luis Valbuena (-.057). On days when no one's hitting, it normally comes down to who made the first out of the inning the most, and Valbuena did that three times.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 120 (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

10

72

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

Chris Valaika

1

0

0

3

x-Blake Parker

0

0

3

3

Jacob Turner

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

10.5

46.5

Edwin Jackson

11

3

1

40

Junior Lake

6

6

8

38

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

Chris Coghlan

4

5

4

26

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

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

72

31

41

Starlin Castro

64

48

16

Jake Arrieta

27

12

15

Justin Ruggiano

38.5

25

13.5

Luis Valbuena

57

46.5

10.5

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

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Ryan Sweeney

22.5

17.5

5

Tsuyoshi Wada

8

3

5

x-Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Chris Coghlan

29

26

3

Pedro Strop

16

13

3

Chris Valaika

3

0

3

Jacob Turner

2

0

2

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

40

-25

y-Nate Schierholtz

27

55

-28

Turner and Valaika make their podium debuts, while Jackson... yeah.