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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 137

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Some days a five-run lead just isn't enough.

He may not normally be the Superhero, but Chris Coghlan is on the podium once again.
He may not normally be the Superhero, but Chris Coghlan is on the podium once again.
Dilip Vishwanat

It's been a while since the Cubs had one of these games. Hopefully it'll be a while before one happens again.

Graphs for Game 137 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-137

Stats for Game 137:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Grimm

1

1

0

0

0

0

2.05

.094

W Wright

0.2

0

0

1

1

0

1.32

.033

T Wood

4.2

6

2

4

3

2

0.85

-.187

P Strop

0.2

2

0

1

0

1

2.68

-.295

C Villanueva

1

4

0

3

1

2

2.64

-.370

Total

8

13

2

9

5

5

1.57

-.725

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

L Valbuena

5

1

3

1

2

0

1

0.87

.150

T Wood

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1.23

.135

C Coghlan

4

0

3

0

2

1

0

1.13

.129

C Valaika

3

1

1

0

0

1

2

0.88

.084

S Castro

3

1

1

0

0

1

0

0.62

.053

A Alcantara

5

1

1

1

1

0

1

0.9

.028

J Baker

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1.43

.007

W Castillo

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.36

-.010

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.67

-.016

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.63

-.072

L Watkins

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.84

-.073

J Baez

5

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.37

-.189

Total

36

6

11

2

5

3

8

1.02

.225

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 - Luis Valbuena (.150). He's found a bit of a power surge here with his third homer in his last six games.
  • Hero - Travis Wood, the hitter (.135). Well, it certainly wasn't Travis Wood, the pitcher. And he has John Lackey entirely to thank for his podium spot.
  • Sidekick - Chris Coghlan (.129). Runs his Hero podium streak to six.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Carlos Villanueva (-.370). Believe it or not, this is only the second time this season that Villanueva has been the Billy Goat as a reliever, and the other time was the season opener.
  • Goat - Pedro Strop (-.295). His first podium appearance in 14 games. That appearance was also on the Goat side.
  • Kid - Javier Baez (-.189). Well, hopefully he's getting all of the kinks worked out in time for Kris Bryant to join the club next year.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 137 (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

10

9

72.5

Luis Valbuena

13

10

7

66

Welington Castillo

9

5.5

4.5

42.5

x-Justin Ruggiano

6.5

9.5

3

41.5

Chris Coghlan

7

8

3

40

Jake Arrieta

8

4

1

33

Travis Wood

6

5

1

29

z-Jason Hammel

5

4

5

28

z-Nate Schierholtz

4

6

3

27

x-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

Wesley Wright

0.5

4

3.5

13

Jorge Soler

4

0

0

12

Justin Grimm

0

3

6

12

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

0.5

4.5

Felix Doubront

1

0

0

3

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

Logan Watkins

0

0

2

2

Kyuji Fujikawa

0

0

1.5

1.5

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Luis Valbuena

8

9.5

12.5

55.5

z-Nate Schierholtz

8

12

7

55

Starlin Castro

5

10.5

15

51

Welington Castillo

4

11.5

9

44

x-Edwin Jackson

12

3

1

43

Travis Wood

10

5

2

42

x-Junior Lake

6

6

8

38

Anthony Rizzo

2

11

8

36

Chris Coghlan

5

5

6

31

x-Mike Olt

5

3

6

27

x-Justin Ruggiano

2

7

6

26

z-Emilio Bonifacio

1

9

4

25

Justin Grimm

7

0.5

2.5

24.5

Carlos Villanueva

6

1

4

24

Arismendy Alcantara

2

7

4

24

z-Jason Hammel

7

1

0

23

Hector Rondon

6

2

1

23

z-James Russell

3

3

5

20

John Baker

4

1

5

19

x-Ryan Sweeney

3

3

3.5

18.5

Pedro Strop

3

4

1

18

z-Jeff Samardzija

4

1

1

15

Jake Arrieta

4

0

3

15

z-Darwin Barney

0

6

3

15

Wesley Wright

3

1

3

14

x-Brian Schlitter

2

3

1

13

Javier Baez

2

2

3

13

z-Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Kyle Hendricks

1

2

2

9

y-Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Neil Ramirez

2

0

0

6

Tsuyoshi Wada

2

0

0

6

y-Eli Whiteside

1

0

3

6

x-Blake Parker

1

0

2

5

Chris Valaika

0

2

1

5

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

1

4

Jacob Turner

1

0

0

3

x-Dan Straily

1

0

0

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

0

2

x-Chris Rusin

0

1

0

2

Logan Watkins

0

0

0.5

0.5

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

77

36

41

Starlin Castro

72.5

51

21.5

Jake Arrieta

33

15

18

x-Justin Ruggiano

41.5

26

15.5

Jorge Soler

12

0

12

Luis Valbuena

66

55.5

10.5

Chris Coghlan

40

31

9

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Tsuyoshi Wada

14

6

8

Kyle Hendricks

15.5

9

6.5

x-Ryan Sweeney

24.5

18.5

6

x-Brian Schlitter

19

13

6

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Zac Rosscup

4.5

0

4.5

Felix Doubront

3

0

3

z-Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

Logan Watkins

2

0.5

1.5

Kyuji Fujikawa

1.5

0

1.5

y-Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

Chris Valaika

6

5

1

x-Chris Rusin

3

2

1

Matt Szczur

3

2

1

Neil Ramirez

6.5

6

0.5

Wesley Wright

13

14

-1

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

Jacob Turner

2

3

-1

Welington Castillo

42.5

44

-1.5

Pedro Strop

16

18

-2

x-Blake Parker

3

5

-2

z-Emilio Bonifacio

22

25

-3

x-Dan Straily

0

3

-3

Arismendy Alcantara

19

24

-5

John Baker

14

19

-5

x-Mike Olt

21

27

-6

y-Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

Javier Baez

5

13

-8

Hector Rondon

14.5

23

-8.5

z-Jose Veras

0

9

-9

z-James Russell

10

20

-10

Justin Grimm

12

24.5

-12.5

Travis Wood

29

42

-13

Carlos Villanueva

11

24

-13

x-Junior Lake

19

38

-19

x-Edwin Jackson

16

43

-27

z-Nate Schierholtz

27

55

-28

Wood climbs up the plus/minus chart thanks to a fielding error, and Villanueva drops down to meet him thanks in part to a ball that bounced off of him.