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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 145

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Jake Arrieta does his thing once again, but a bullpen implosion started by Neil Ramirez brings the losing streak to five.

So close, yet so far away.
So close, yet so far away.
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It won't show up in the Goats, but that outing by Brian Schlitter was his ugliest since his meltdown on July 24. The only thing that saved him from a podium appearance Tuesday night was the fact that he went nuclear in the eighth inning.

Graphs for Game 145 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-145

Stats for Game 145:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

6.1

7

0

2

1

5

1.27

.271

B Parker

0.1

1

0

0

0

0

0.01

.000

B Schlitter

0.2

4

0

4

1

1

0.17

-.062

N Ramirez

0.2

2

0

2

1

1

3.65

-.484

Total

8

14

0

8

3

7

1.28

-.275

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

W Castillo

4

0

3

0

1

0

0

1.01

.169

J Baez

3

2

2

0

0

1

1

0.88

.077

M Szczur

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0.94

-.004

L Valbuena

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.49

-.020

A Alcantara

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.08

-.048

C Valaika

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.98

-.054

C Coghlan

5

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.08

-.093

J Soler

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0.99

-.113

M Olt

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.4

-.139

Total

36

2

11

0

2

1

5

0.97

-.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 - Jake Arrieta (.271). The fourth Cub to record a double-digit tally in Superheroes, and the only Cub starting pitcher who will do so this year unless Travis Wood somehow finds a way to get four of them in the last 17 games.
  • Hero - Welington Castillo (.169). The month of September has been very good to him (.400 average, 1.063 OPS).
  • Sidekick - Javier Baez (.077). Breaks a skid of six straight Goat appearances going back to August 21.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Neil Ramirez (-.484). Just couldn't get that final strike.
  • Goat - Mike Olt (-.139). If it's any consolation, it's the highest that he's been on the Goat podium since taking the Billy back on June 10.
  • Kid - Jorge Soler (-.113). Like Castillo the night before, victimized by the double play.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 145 (Changes in Bold, Notations Below):

x - Player not on active 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

11

8

69

Welington Castillo

9

8.5

4.5

48.5

y-Justin Ruggiano

6.5

9.5

3

41.5

Chris Coghlan

7

8

3

40

Jake Arrieta

10

4

1

39

Travis Wood

6

5

1

29

z-Jason Hammel

5

4

5

28

z-Nate Schierholtz

4

6

3

27

y-Ryan Sweeney

2

6

6.5

24.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

6

2

2

24

Mike Olt

4

3

6

24

z-Emilio Bonifacio

1

9

1

22

Brian Schlitter

1

4.5

7.5

19.5

Arismendy Alcantara

3

4

2

19

Junior Lake

3

3

4

19

Jorge Soler

5

1

0

17

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

13

15

Tsuyoshi Wada

4

1

0

14

John Baker

1

4

3

14

Ryan Kalish

4

0

1

13

Wesley Wright

0.5

4

3.5

13

Justin Grimm

0

3

7

13

Chris Valaika

4

0

0

12

Carlos Villanueva

0

3

5

11

z-James Russell

0

2

6

10

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

6.5

7.5

Zac Rosscup

0

3

0.5

6.5

Javier Baez

0

2

2

6

Jacob Turner

1

1

0

5

Matt Szczur

0

2

1

5

Kyuji Fujikawa

0

1

1.5

3.5

Felix Doubront

1

0

0

3

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

0

3

x-Chris Rusin

1

0

0

3

Blake Parker

0

0

3

3

Logan Watkins

0

0

3

3

Dan Straily

0

0

1

1

Eric Jokisch

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Luis Valbuena

8

10

13

57

z-Nate Schierholtz

8

12

7

55

Starlin Castro

5

10.5

15

51

Welington Castillo

4

12.5

9

46

Travis Wood

11

5

2

45

x-Edwin Jackson

12

3

1

43

Junior Lake

6

6.5

8.5

39.5

Anthony Rizzo

2

11

8

36

Chris Coghlan

6

5

7

35

Arismendy Alcantara

4

7.5

5.5

32.5

Mike Olt

5

4

6

29

y-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

z-Jason Hammel

7

1

0

23

Hector Rondon

6

2

1

23

John Baker

4

2

5

21

z-James Russell

3

3

5

20

y-Ryan Sweeney

3

3

3.5

18.5

Pedro Strop

3

4

1

18

Javier Baez

3

2.5

3.5

17.5

Wesley Wright

4

1

3

17

z-Jeff Samardzija

4

1

1

15

Jake Arrieta

4

0

3

15

z-Darwin Barney

0

6

3

15

Brian Schlitter

2

3

1

13

Kyle Hendricks

1

3

2

11

Neil Ramirez

3

0

0

9

z-Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Blake Parker

1

1

2

7

Chris Valaika

0

3

1

7

Tsuyoshi Wada

2

0

0

6

Jacob Turner

2

0

0

6

y-Eli Whiteside

1

0

3

6

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

1

4

Matt Szczur

0

1

2

4

Dan Straily

1

0

0

3

x-Chris Rusin

0

1

0

2

Jorge Soler

0

0

2

2

Logan Watkins

0

0

0.5

0.5

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

77

36

41

Jake Arrieta

39

15

24

Starlin Castro

72.5

51

21.5

y-Justin Ruggiano

41.5

26

15.5

Jorge Soler

17

2

15

Luis Valbuena

69

57

12

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Tsuyoshi Wada

14

6

8

Brian Schlitter

19.5

13

6.5

Zac Rosscup

6.5

0

6.5

y-Ryan Sweeney

24.5

18.5

6

Chris Coghlan

40

35

5

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Chris Valaika

12

7

5

Kyle Hendricks

15.5

11

4.5

Ryan Kalish

13

9

4

Kyuji Fujikawa

3.5

0

3.5

Felix Doubront

3

0

3

Welington Castillo

48.5

46

2.5

Logan Watkins

3

0.5

2.5

z-Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

Matt Szczur

5

4

1

x-Chris Rusin

3

2

1

Eric Jokisch

1

0

1

Jacob Turner

5

6

-1

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

Neil Ramirez

7.5

9

-1.5

Pedro Strop

16

18

-2

Dan Straily

1

3

-2

z-Emilio Bonifacio

22

25

-3

Wesley Wright

13

17

-4

Blake Parker

3

7

-4

Mike Olt

24

29

-5

y-Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

John Baker

14

21

-7

Hector Rondon

15

23

-8

z-Jose Veras

0

9

-9

z-James Russell

10

20

-10

Justin Grimm

13

24.5

-11.5

Javier Baez

6

17.5

-11.5

Carlos Villanueva

11

24

-13

Arismendy Alcantara

19

32.5

-13.5

Travis Wood

29

45

-16

Junior Lake

19

39.5

-20.5

x-Edwin Jackson

16

43

-27

z-Nate Schierholtz

27

55

-28

Arrieta passes Castro for second place on the plus/minus chart, while Soler slips back to fifth.