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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 111

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And the winner of the Superhero award for Tuesday night is... not Javier Baez? Is that allowed?

Hey, wait a minute... that's not Javier Baez!
Hey, wait a minute... that's not Javier Baez!
Doug Pensinger

From the files of "Completely Coincidental, But Still Cool to Me": After Javier Baez smashed his opposite-field homer in the 12th inning, Jim Deshaies summed up Baez's night by saying "take those goat horns off, throw them away, and put on the hero's crown." Yes, I know that it's all just cliches and catchphrases, but the deep-down conspiracy theorist in me says thanks to JD for the subtle nod, even if Baez didn't truly get to the podium Tuesday night. Of course, the fact that it was late and I was tired had absolutely nothing to do with any of this. Or at least that's what I'll keep telling myself.

Graphs for Game 111 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-111

Stats for Game 111:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Villanueva

1

1

0

0

0

2

3.75

.222

P Strop

1

0

0

0

1

0

2.4

.150

B Schlitter

1

2

0

0

1

0

3.59

.150

J Grimm

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.88

.114

T Wood

6

7

0

3

3

2

0.79

-.033

W Wright

1

1

1

1

0

0

1.29

-.118

H Rondon

1

3

0

1

0

2

5.05

-.278

Total

12

15

1

5

5

7

1.96

.208

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

W Castillo

3

1

1

1

2

2

0

2.7

.324

L Valbuena

3

1

1

0

0

2

0

2.09

.220

R Sweeney

1

0

1

0

1

1

0

4.97

.195

S Castro

5

2

2

0

0

1

1

1.47

.187

C Coghlan

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

4.48

.154

J Baez

6

1

1

1

1

0

3

1.7

.114

J Lake

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.97

.034

C Valaika

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

3.85

.020

T Wood

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.25

-.043

J Baker

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.78

-.056

A Rizzo

5

1

0

0

0

1

2

1.05

-.071

A Alcantara

5

0

0

0

0

1

2

1.68

-.189

J Ruggiano

6

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.54

-.269

N Schierholtz

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

4.94

-.328

Total

39

6

8

2

6

9

11

1.96

.292

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 (.324). Run-scoring participant in the Cavalcade of Walks in the seventh inning, but his solo blast in the sixth is what set him apart from the crowd.
  • Hero - Carlos Villanueva (.222). Turn back the clock for this one: The last time that Villanueva had a one-inning save was back on May 20, 2010.
  • Sidekick Luis Valbuena (.220). Grabs the final spot thanks to the Matt Garza impersonation by LaTroy Hawkins on the bunt in the ninth.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Nate Schierholtz (-.328). The essence of an entire season, boiled down and distilled into one at bat: One out, runners on the corners, top of the ninth, game tied. Four. Six. Three. Seriously, you can't script this stuff much better than this.
  • Goat - Hector Rondon (-.278). Just couldn't come up with that final strike.
  • Kid - Justin Ruggiano (-.269). Had a few chances with runners on and came up empty. Oh, and he didn't deposit a ball into the right field bullpen, either.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 111 (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

5

57

Welington Castillo

8

4.5

3.5

36.5

Justin Ruggiano

5.5

7.5

3

34.5

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

Carlos Villanueva

0

3

5

11

Wesley Wright

0.5

3.5

2

10.5

x-Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

z-James Russell

0

2

6

10

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

x-Blake Parker

0

0

3

3

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Nate Schierholtz

8

12

7

55

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

Justin Ruggiano

2

7

4

24

z-Jason Hammel

7

1

0

23

Hector Rondon

5

2

1

20

Carlos Villanueva

5

1

3

20

z-James Russell

3

3

5

20

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

x-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

x-Chris Rusin

0

1

0

2

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

70

30

40

Luis Valbuena

57

38.5

18.5

Jake Arrieta

25

9

16

Starlin Castro

62

48

14

Justin Ruggiano

34.5

24

10.5

Welington Castillo

36.5

27.5

9

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

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

x-Blake Parker

3

5

-2

x-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

20

-8.5

Carlos Villanueva

11

20

-9

z-Jose Veras

0

9

-9

z-James Russell

10

20

-10

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

55

-28

Castillo picks up his first Superhero award since the middle of July, while Schierholtz sinks even further into the abyss.