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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Games 108-110

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Vacation's over, and it's time to look back at the podium winners from the weekend series against the Dodgers.

This guy was pretty busy at the plate on Sunday.
This guy was pretty busy at the plate on Sunday.
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I'm back, everybody! Vacations are always a good thing, especially when Six Flags Great America is involved. So who here remembers when it was Marriott's Great America?  Seems like it was forever ago...

As promised, here is a quick recap of the Friday and Saturday games:

Game 108 (Friday - Cubs 8, Dodgers 2):
Superhero -
Ryan Sweeney (.321). A lot of credit goes to Matt Kemp and Dan Haren for the throwing error and wild pitch, but hey, take the top spot any way you can get it.
Billy Goat - Arismendy Alcantara (-.077). Not his night at the plate, going 0-for-5 while everyone else got on base at least once.

Game 109 (Saturday - Dodgers 5, Cubs 2, 12 innings):
Superhero -
Arismendy Alcantara (.195). And what better way to follow up a Billy Goat than by going 3-for-6 and taking the Superhero the next day.
Billy Goat - Blake Parker (-.269). A bit of advice: Don't hang a 74-mile-per-hour curveball.

And now, back to the normal recap for Sunday:

Graphs for Game 110 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-110

Stats for Game 110:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Villanueva

1

1

0

0

0

0

2.04

.097

E Jackson

6

7

1

2

0

6

1.3

.071

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.17

.012

P Strop

1

1

0

1

0

0

1.16

.005

Total

9

9

1

3

0

7

1.25

.185

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Coghlan

3

2

2

1

2

2

0

1.19

.273

E Jackson

2

1

2

0

0

0

0

1.09

.133

S Castro

1

0

1

0

2

0

0

0.88

.076

C Valaika

3

1

0

0

0

2

1

0.79

.069

L Valbuena

3

1

1

1

1

2

2

0.84

.045

A Rizzo

4

0

1

0

1

1

0

0.97

.043

J Ruggiano

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.59

.043

J Baker

5

0

0

0

1

0

0

0.8

-.007

R Sweeney

4

1

1

0

0

1

3

1.28

-.079

A Alcantara

5

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.03

-.127

N Schierholtz

4

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.85

-.157

Total

35

7

10

2

7

9

9

0.97

.315

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 Coghlan (.273). The big play was the two-run homer in the fifth, scoring...
  • Hero - Edwin Jackson, the hitter (.133). His first two-hit game since September 4, 2012.
  • Sidekick - Carlos Villanueva (.097). But had it not been for the leaping grab by Anthony Rizzo, he's probably not on the podium.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Nate Schierholtz (-.157). You know, I go away for two days and Nate finds the Goat podium twice. Somebody really needs to tell him that sharing is caring.
  • Goat - Arismendy Alcantara (-.127). He was also pretty busy this weekend hopping from one podium to the other.
  • Kid - Ryan Sweeney (-.079). Superhero one day, whiffing with the bases loaded another day.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 110 (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

8

70

Starlin Castro

13.5

7.5

6.5

62

Luis Valbuena

12

8

4

56

Justin Ruggiano

5.5

7.5

3

34.5

Welington Castillo

7

4.5

3.5

33.5

z-Jason Hammel

5

4

5

28

Nate Schierholtz

4

6

3

27

Jake Arrieta

6

3

1

25

z-Jeff Samardzija

6

2

2

24

Chris Coghlan

4

5

1

23

z-Emilio Bonifacio

1

9

1

22

Travis Wood

4

4

1

21

x-Mike Olt

3

3

6

21

Junior Lake

3

3

4

19

Brian Schlitter

1

4.5

7

19

Ryan Sweeney

1

5

4.5

17.5

z-Darwin Barney

3.5

2.5

1

16.5

Edwin Jackson

4

1

1

15

John Baker

1

4

3

14

Arismendy Alcantara

3

1

2

13

Pedro Strop

1

2

6

13

Hector Rondon

0

1

9.5

11.5

Wesley Wright

0.5

3.5

2

10.5

x-Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

z-James Russell

0

2

6

10

Carlos Villanueva

0

2

5

9

Kyle Hendricks

2

0.5

0.5

7.5

x-Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

5.5

6.5

Justin Grimm

0

1

4

6

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

1

0

5

x-Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

0

3

Blake Parker

0

0

3

3

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Nate Schierholtz

7

12

7

52

Starlin Castro

5

9.5

14

48

Luis Valbuena

5

7.5

8.5

38.5

Travis Wood

9

4

2

37

Junior Lake

6

6

7

37

Edwin Jackson

9

3

1

34

Anthony Rizzo

2

9

6

30

Welington Castillo

2

7.5

6.5

27.5

x-Mike Olt

5

3

6

27

z-Emilio Bonifacio

1

9

4

25

Justin Grimm

7

0.5

2.5

24.5

z-Jason Hammel

7

1

0

23

Justin Ruggiano

2

7

3

23

Carlos Villanueva

5

1

3

20

z-James Russell

3

3

5

20

Hector Rondon

5

1

1

18

Ryan Sweeney

3

3

2.5

17.5

Chris Coghlan

3

2

4

17

z-Jeff Samardzija

4

1

1

15

z-Darwin Barney

0

6

3

15

Wesley Wright

3

1

3

14

Brian Schlitter

2

3

1

13

John Baker

2

1

4

12

Pedro Strop

2

2

1

11

z-Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Jake Arrieta

2

0

3

9

x-Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Arismendy Alcantara

1

2

1

8

y-Eli Whiteside

1

0

3

6

Blake Parker

1

0

2

5

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

1

4

x-Neil Ramirez

1

0

0

3

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

0

0

3

Kyle Hendricks

0

1

1

3

Chris Rusin

0

1

0

2

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

70

30

40

Luis Valbuena

56

38.5

17.5

Jake Arrieta

25

9

16

Starlin Castro

62

48

14

Justin Ruggiano

34.5

23

11.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Welington Castillo

33.5

27.5

6

Chris Coghlan

23

17

6

Brian Schlitter

19

13

6

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Arismendy Alcantara

13

8

5

Kyle Hendricks

7.5

3

4.5

x-Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

x-Neil Ramirez

6.5

3

3.5

John Baker

14

12

2

Pedro Strop

13

11

2

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

3

2

z-Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

x-Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

Ryan Sweeney

17.5

17.5

0

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

Blake Parker

3

5

-2

Chris Rusin

0

2

-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

Hector Rondon

11.5

18

-6.5

z-Jose Veras

0

9

-9

z-James Russell

10

20

-10

Carlos Villanueva

9

20

-11

Travis Wood

21

37

-16

Junior Lake

19

37

-18

Justin Grimm

6

24.5

-18.5

Edwin Jackson

15

34

-19

Nate Schierholtz

27

52

-25

Rizzo and Castro take the weekend off from the podiums, leaving Sweeney, Alcantara and Schierholtz to roam freely.