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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 121

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The first three innings for Travis Wood were really good. Then came the fourth.

This was Good Travis. Unfortunately, Bad Travis showed up shortly afterward.
This was Good Travis. Unfortunately, Bad Travis showed up shortly afterward.
Elsa

And from the Silver Lining department: 14 strikeouts is less than 16.  Progress!

Graphs for Game 121 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-121

Stats for Game 121:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Grimm

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

0.99

.041

W Wright

1

0

0

0

2

0

0.9

.033

P Strop

1

0

0

0

1

2

0.41

.023

T Wood

5.1

4

1

3

4

5

1

-.216

Total

8

4

1

3

7

7

0.9

-.119

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

S Castro

4

0

2

0

1

0

2

1.23

.076

W Castillo

2

0

1

0

0

1

1

1.16

.072

T Wood

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.64

.036

J Baez

4

1

1

0

0

0

2

1.11

.028

A Rizzo

3

0

0

0

1

1

1

1.25

-.025

J Ruggiano

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.19

-.028

L Valbuena

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.26

-.030

C Coghlan

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.17

-.065

R Sweeney

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.53

-.101

A Alcantara

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.61

-.164

C Valaika

4

0

0

0

0

0

3

1.62

-.179

Total

29

2

4

0

2

5

14

1.29

-.381

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 - Starlin Castro (.076). His first appearance at the top of the Hero podium since July 24.
  • Hero - Welington Castillo (.072). The first-base hat trick: single, walk, and beanball to the back.
  • Sidekick - Justin Grimm (.041). Throw three pitches; get the peculiar 9-3-2 double play at first; take the final podium spot.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Travis Wood (-.216). Too. Many. Walks.
  • Goat - Chris Valaika (-.179). "And to your right, we have the Goat podium. If you'll just stand here, please..."
  • Kid - Arismendy Alcantara (-.164). The struggles continue; he's now 5-for-36 since being moved to the sixth spot in the order on August 6.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 121 (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

14.5

7.5

8.5

67

Luis Valbuena

12

8

5

57

Welington Castillo

8

5.5

3.5

38.5

Justin Ruggiano

5.5

9.5

3

38.5

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

6

10

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

Travis Wood

10

4

2

40

Junior Lake

6

6

8

38

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

Arismendy Alcantara

1

5

2

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

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

Chris Valaika

0

1

0

2

x-Chris Rusin

0

1

0

2


Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

72

31

41

Starlin Castro

67

48

19

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

38.5

30.5

8

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

Jacob Turner

2

0

2

z-Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

y-Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

x-Chris Rusin

3

2

1

Chris Valaika

3

2

1

Kyuji Fujikawa

1

0

1

Neil Ramirez

6.5

6

0.5

Arismendy Alcantara

15

15

0

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

Justin Grimm

10

24.5

-14.5

Travis Wood

24

40

-16

Junior Lake

19

38

-19

Edwin Jackson

15

40

-25

y-Nate Schierholtz

27

55

-28

Wood joins Edwin Jackson in the double-digit Billy Goat club, and Castro pulls in front of Anthony Rizzo for the most Superhero awards on the season.