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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 131

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Travis Wood picks up his first win in over two months and a well-deserved Superhero award in Tuesday night's series opener.

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And just how good has the Cubs' bullpen been recently?  Not including Tuesday night, the pen's ERA of 1.78 and WHIP of 0.90 in the last 30 days are the best in baseball.

Graphs for Game 131 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-131

Stats for Game 131:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Wood

6

2

0

0

1

5

0.93

.372

N Ramirez

1

0

0

0

0

3

0.62

.046

P Strop

1

1

0

0

1

0

0.82

.042

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.44

.033

Total

9

3

0

0

2

9

0.84

.492

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Alcantara

4

1

1

1

2

0

2

0.93

.111

M Szczur

2

1

1

0

0

1

0

0.69

.065

A Rizzo

4

1

1

1

1

0

1

0.76

.050

C Coghlan

4

0

1

0

0

1

0

0.76

.019

S Castro

4

0

2

0

0

0

1

0.5

.011

C Valaika

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.08

-.002

R Sweeney

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.8

-.019

T Wood

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.63

-.035

W Castillo

4

0

0

0

0

0

3

0.49

-.046

J Baez

4

0

0

0

0

0

4

0.78

-.071

L Valbuena

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.8

-.075

Total

35

3

8

2

3

2

13

0.7

.008

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 - Travis Wood (.372). His Game Score of 72 for Tuesday night is also his best in over two months, falling just short of the 79 he posted against Philadelphia on June 15.
  • Hero - Arismendy Alcantara (.111). Well, I guess if you're going to protect on a hit-and-run by swinging at a pitch at eye-level, might as well knock it out of the park while you're at it.
  • Sidekick - Matt Szczur (.065). Gets the table-setter podium spot for leading off two innings by getting on base.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Luis Valbuena (-.075). Couldn't convert in two chances with runners on, including one chance with runners at the corners.
  • Goat - Javier Baez (-.071). He already had the record for most Golden Sombreros at the beginning of a career; now he's just adding on.
  • Kid - Welington Castillo (-.049). Couldn't keep up with Baez, but had three whiffs of his own.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 131 (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

11

10

77

Starlin Castro

14.5

8.5

8.5

69

Luis Valbuena

12

10

6

62

Welington Castillo

9

5.5

4.5

42.5

Justin Ruggiano

6.5

9.5

3

41.5

Jake Arrieta

8

4

1

33

Chris Coghlan

7

5

1

32

z-Jason Hammel

5

4

5

28

Travis Wood

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

z-Emilio Bonifacio

1

9

1

22

x-Mike Olt

3

3

6

21

Arismendy Alcantara

3

4

2

19

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

x-Edwin Jackson

4

1

2

16

Pedro Strop

1

3

7

16

Kyle Hendricks

4

1.5

0.5

15.5

Hector Rondon

0

1

12.5

14.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

4

1

0

14

John Baker

1

4

3

14

Justin Grimm

0

3

6

12

Wesley Wright

0.5

3.5

3

11.5

Carlos Villanueva

0

3

5

11

y-Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

z-James Russell

0

2

6

10

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

5.5

6.5

Chris Valaika

2

0

0

6

Javier Baez

0

2

1

5

Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

0

3

x-Chris Rusin

1

0

0

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

1

3

x-Blake Parker

0

0

3

3

Jacob Turner

0

1

0

2

Kyuji Fujikawa

0

0

1

1

x-Logan Watkins

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

z-Nate Schierholtz

8

12

7

55

Luis Valbuena

8

8.5

11.5

52.5

Starlin Castro

5

10.5

14

50

x-Edwin Jackson

12

3

1

43

Travis Wood

10

5

2

42

x-Junior Lake

6

6

8

38

Welington Castillo

3

9.5

9

37

Anthony Rizzo

2

11

8

36

Chris Coghlan

5

5

6

31

x-Mike Olt

5

3

6

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

Arismendy Alcantara

2

6

3

21

Carlos Villanueva

5

1

3

20

z-James Russell

3

3

5

20

Ryan Sweeney

3

3

3.5

18.5

Pedro Strop

3

3

1

16

John Baker

3

1

5

16

z-Jeff Samardzija

4

1

1

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

Javier Baez

2

2

2

12

z-Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

y-Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Kyle Hendricks

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

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

x-Logan Watkins

0

0

0.5

0.5

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

77

36

41

Jake Arrieta

33

12

21

Starlin Castro

69

50

19

Justin Ruggiano

41.5

26

15.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

14

3

11

Luis Valbuena

62

52.5

9.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Kyle Hendricks

15.5

9

6.5

Ryan Sweeney

24.5

18.5

6

x-Brian Schlitter

19

13

6

Welington Castillo

42.5

37

5.5

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Chris Valaika

6

2

4

Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Jacob Turner

2

0

2

z-Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

Chris Coghlan

32

31

1

y-Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

x-Chris Rusin

3

2

1

Matt Szczur

3

2

1

Kyuji Fujikawa

1

0

1

Neil Ramirez

6.5

6

0.5

x-Logan Watkins

1

0.5

0.5

Pedro Strop

16

16

0

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

Arismendy Alcantara

19

21

-2

John Baker

14

16

-2

x-Blake Parker

3

5

-2

Wesley Wright

11.5

14

-2.5

z-Emilio Bonifacio

22

25

-3

x-Dan Straily

0

3

-3

x-Mike Olt

21

27

-6

y-Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

Javier Baez

5

12

-7

Hector Rondon

14.5

23

-8.5

Carlos Villanueva

11

20

-9

z-Jose Veras

0

9

-9

z-James Russell

10

20

-10

Justin Grimm

12

24.5

-12.5

Travis Wood

27

42

-15

x-Junior Lake

19

38

-19

x-Edwin Jackson

16

43

-27

z-Nate Schierholtz

27

55

-28

Wood pulls himself away from the depths of the plus/minus cellar, while Valbuena reaches striking distance of passing Nate Schierholtz for the overall Goat lead.