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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 113

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Kyle Hendricks takes the top spot with his eight-inning win, but Javier Baez puts himself in rare company with his outing on Thursday.

These guys definitely had reason to smile on Thursday.
These guys definitely had reason to smile on Thursday.
Trevor Brown

As I was sitting in training this afternoon at work and then in traffic on my way home on a rainy day, I could have sworn that I heard squeals of joy coming from the northeast.

Then I got home, saw the scoreboard on MLB.com, and it all made sense.

Graphs for Game 113 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-113

Stats for Game 113:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Hendricks

8

6

0

2

1

4

1.2

.306

W Wright

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.51

.014

J Grimm

0.2

1

0

0

0

1

0.18

.009

Total

9

7

0

2

1

5

1.06

.328

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Baez

4

2

3

2

4

0

0

0.91

.286

S Castro

4

1

1

1

1

0

0

0.56

.041

A Alcantara

4

0

1

0

1

0

1

0.64

.028

J Ruggiano

4

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.57

.001

C Valaika

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.55

.001

W Castillo

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.62

-.011

K Hendricks

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.74

-.013

C Coghlan

3

1

0

0

0

1

0

0.88

-.064

L Valbuena

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.7

-.095

Total

32

6

8

3

6

2

4

0.68

.172

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 - Kyle Hendricks (.306). Only the seventh pitcher this year to throw eight innings in a start at Coors Field and allow two runs or less. Oh, and two of the other guys who did it are those scrubs Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.
  • Hero - Javier Baez (.286). With his two-homer day, he became only the 23rd player since 1914 (and only the second second-baseman) to have a multi-homer game within the first three games of his career. The last player to do it was Yasiel Puig on June 4, 2013. And the only other second baseman to do it? That would be Dave Stapleton on May 31, 1980.
  • Sidekick - Starlin Castro (.041). Went back-to-back with Baez in the sixth.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Luis Valbuena (-.095). The lone 0-for-4 on the day, and the double play in the second didn't help, either.
  • Goat - Chris Coghlan (-.064). After having multi-hit games in the last six games he started, I can give him a break for going 0-for-3 in this one.
  • Kid - Kyle Hendricks, the hitter (-.013). Sometimes life's just not fair.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 113 (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

7.5

63

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

y-Nate Schierholtz

4

6

3

27

Chris Coghlan

5

5

1

26

Jake Arrieta

6

3

1

25

z-Jeff Samardzija

6

2

2

24

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

5.5

18.5

z-Darwin Barney

3.5

2.5

1

16.5

Edwin Jackson

4

1

1

15

Arismendy Alcantara

3

2

2

15

John Baker

1

4

3

14

Pedro Strop

1

2

6

13

Hector Rondon

0

1

9.5

11.5

Carlos Villanueva

0

3

5

11

Kyle Hendricks

3

0.5

0.5

10.5

Wesley Wright

0.5

3.5

2

10.5

x-Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

z-James Russell

0

2

6

10

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

Javier Baez

0

1

0

2

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

y-Nate Schierholtz

8

12

7

55

Starlin Castro

5

9.5

14

48

Luis Valbuena

6

7.5

8.5

41.5

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

7.5

28.5

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

Chris Coghlan

3

3

4

19

Ryan Sweeney

3

3

2.5

17.5

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

Jake Arrieta

3

0

3

12

John Baker

2

1

4

12

Pedro Strop

2

2

1

11

z-Jose Veras

2

1

1

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

Kyle Hendricks

0

1

2

4

x-Neil Ramirez

1

0

0

3

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

0

0

3

Javier Baez

0

1

0

2

Chris Rusin

0

1

0

2

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

70

30

40

Luis Valbuena

57

41.5

15.5

Starlin Castro

63

48

15

Jake Arrieta

25

12

13

Justin Ruggiano

34.5

24

10.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Welington Castillo

36.5

28.5

8

Chris Coghlan

26

19

7

Arismendy Alcantara

15

8

7

Kyle Hendricks

10.5

4

6.5

Brian Schlitter

19

13

6

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

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

Ryan Sweeney

18.5

17.5

1

x-Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

Javier Baez

2

2

0

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

x-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

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

y-Nate Schierholtz

27

55

-28

Hendricks picks up his third Superhero award in five starts, with Baez and Castro homering their way to the second and third spots on the Hero podium.