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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 122

Dan Straily takes the top spot on the Goat podium with his Cub debut on Saturday night.

Welcome to the Cubs, Dan.  Your spot's right over there.
Welcome to the Cubs, Dan. Your spot's right over there.
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And the strikeouts continue to decrease, down to 10 in Saturday night's game. Can single digits be that far behind?...

Graphs for Game 122 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-122

Stats for Game 122:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Villanueva

2

0

0

0

1

0

0.04

.006

W Wright

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.07

.002

K Fujikawa

0.1

0

0

0

1

0

0.32

-.036

D Straily

5.1

4

0

5

3

4

0.67

-.264

Total

8

4

0

5

5

4

0.5

-.292

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

W Castillo

4

1

2

1

1

0

0

0.51

.094

R Sweeney

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

1.99

.078

J Baez

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.48

.017

D Straily

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.62

.006

C Valaika

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.77

.002

L Valbuena

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.03

-.001

A Rizzo

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

1.61

-.025

A Alcantara

4

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.65

-.046

J Ruggiano

4

1

1

1

1

0

2

0.84

-.056

C Coghlan

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.34

-.082

S Castro

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.32

-.197

Total

34

3

7

2

3

2

10

1.04

-.208

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 - Welington Castillo (.094). Two days in a row among the Heroes thanks largely to his homer to cut into the Mets' 3-0 lead.
  • Hero - Ryan Sweeney (.078). His last four podium appearances have been with the Heroes, as have nine of his last 11 dating back to July 1.
  • Sidekick - Javier Baez (.017). But a lot of credit goes to David Wright for booting the grounder in the first.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Dan Straily (-.264). Didn't allow a crazy amount of baserunners. Unfortunately, most of them scored.
  • Goat - Starlin Castro (-.197). As has been the case many times with Starlin this year, big opportunities with runners on in the early innings and couldn't come through.
  • Kid - Chris Coghlan (-.082). Hopefully this is just a mini-slump and not an increase in his Pumpkin Factor.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 122 (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

9

5.5

3.5

41.5

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

z-Nate Schierholtz

4

6

3

27

Ryan Sweeney

2

6

6.5

24.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

6

2

2

24

Travis Wood

5

4

1

24

z-Emilio Bonifacio

1

9

1

22

x-Mike Olt

3

3

6

21

x-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

Javier Baez

0

2

1

5

x-Zac Rosscup

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

z-Nate Schierholtz

8

12

7

55

Starlin Castro

5

10.5

14

50

Luis Valbuena

7

7.5

10.5

46.5

Edwin Jackson

11

3

1

40

Travis Wood

10

4

2

40

x-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

5

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

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

Dan Straily

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

50

17

Jake Arrieta

27

12

15

Justin Ruggiano

38.5

25

13.5

Welington Castillo

41.5

30.5

11

Luis Valbuena

57

46.5

10.5

Kyle Hendricks

13.5

4

9.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Ryan Sweeney

24.5

17.5

7

x-Brian Schlitter

19

13

6

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Tsuyoshi Wada

8

3

5

x-Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Pedro Strop

16

13

3

Chris Coghlan

29

27

2

Jacob Turner

2

0

2

z-Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

y-Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

Javier Baez

5

4

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

John Baker

14

15

-1

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

x-Blake Parker

3

5

-2

z-Emilio Bonifacio

22

25

-3

Dan Straily

0

3

-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

x-Junior Lake

19

38

-19

Edwin Jackson

15

40

-25

z-Nate Schierholtz

27

55

-28

Castillo breaks the fourth-place tie on the Hero chart, while Straily ponders what to do differently when he starts again later this year.