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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 124

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Anthony Rizzo blasts his 28th homer of the year to right field to pick up the Monday Matinee Superhero at Citi Field.

No doubt about this one.
No doubt about this one.
Al Bello

From the "In Case You Missed It" files, a bit more trivia regarding the homer by Javier Baez in the eighth inning of today's game, courtesy of the good people at Baseball Reference:

Graphs for Game 124 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-124

Stats for Game 124:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Hendricks

7

3

1

1

2

3

0.89

.219

N Ramirez

1

0

0

0

0

2

1.74

.124

H Rondon

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.96

.030

Total

9

4

1

1

2

7

0.98

.372

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

4

2

2

1

1

1

1

0.79

.430

L Valbuena

4

0

3

0

1

0

0

1.47

.174

R Sweeney

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.52

.020

J Baez

5

1

1

1

2

0

2

1.07

-.003

S Castro

4

0

1

0

0

1

1

1.13

-.033

A Alcantara

4

0

0

0

0

1

2

0.69

-.050

C Coghlan

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.48

-.058

K Hendricks

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.88

-.061

J Ruggiano

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.71

-.066

M Szczur

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.26

-.090

W Castillo

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.91

-.135

Total

36

4

9

2

4

4

11

1.2

.128

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 - Anthony Rizzo (.430). One word: Boomstick.
  • Hero - Kyle Hendricks (.219). Other than the mistake to Lucas Duda, another very solid performance.
  • Sidekick - Luis Valbuena (.174). Signs of life in the bat again with the 3-for-4 outing and game-tying single in the sixth.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Welington Castillo (-.135). Left five Cubs on base including the big bases-loaded whiff in the fourth.
  • Goat - Matt Szczur (-.090). A rather uneventful 0-for-3 day in his first career start.
  • Kid - Justin Ruggiano (-.066). Came up with runners on four times and only had a single off of Carlos Torres' foot to show for it.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 124 (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

15

10

10

75

Starlin Castro

14.5

8.5

8.5

69

Luis Valbuena

12

8

6

58

Welington Castillo

9

5.5

3.5

41.5

Justin Ruggiano

5.5

9.5

3

38.5

Jake Arrieta

7

4

1

30

Chris Coghlan

6

5

1

29

z-Jason Hammel

5

4

5

28

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

Kyle Hendricks

4

1.5

0.5

15.5

Edwin Jackson

4

1

1

15

Arismendy Alcantara

3

2

2

15

John Baker

1

4

3

14

Hector Rondon

0

1

10.5

12.5

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

Welington Castillo

3

8.5

7.5

33.5

Anthony Rizzo

2

10

7

33

x-Mike Olt

5

3

6

27

Chris Coghlan

4

5

5

27

Justin Ruggiano

2

7

6

26

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

Pedro Strop

3

3

1

16

John Baker

3

1

5

16

z-Jeff Samardzija

4

1

1

15

Arismendy Alcantara

1

5

2

15

z-Darwin Barney

0

6

3

15

Wesley Wright

3

1

3

14

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-Dan Straily

1

0

0

3

Chris Valaika

0

1

0

2

Matt Szczur

0

1

0

2

x-Chris Rusin

0

1

0

2

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

75

33

42

Starlin Castro

69

50

19

Jake Arrieta

30

12

18

Justin Ruggiano

38.5

26

12.5

Luis Valbuena

58

46.5

11.5

Kyle Hendricks

15.5

4

11.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Welington Castillo

41.5

33.5

8

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

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

Pedro Strop

16

16

0

Arismendy Alcantara

15

15

0

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

John Baker

14

16

-2

x-Blake Parker

3

5

-2

Matt Szczur

0

2

-2

z-Emilio Bonifacio

22

25

-3

x-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

12.5

23

-10.5

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

More movement at the top of the plus/minus chart, with all of the top players other than Starlin Castro making moves in either direction.