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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 146

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Very few positive contributions to be found on Wednesday night as the skid hits six games, with the Superhero going to a player who hasn't seen that part of the podium in over three months.

No, it wasn't him. But you can't go wrong with a photo of a happy Jorge.
No, it wasn't him. But you can't go wrong with a photo of a happy Jorge.
Tom Szczerbowski

Apparently there's something about Canadian air that has a negative impact on the Cub bullpen. Or at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Graphs for Game 146 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-146

Stats for Game 146:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Grimm

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

0.32

.018

A Vizcaino

1

2

0

2

1

1

0

.000

W Wright

0

2

0

2

0

0

0.24

-.015

K Fujikawa

0.2

3

0

3

2

2

0.19

-.050

K Hendricks

5.2

6

0

4

2

5

0.9

-.077

Total

8

13

0

11

5

9

0.59

-.123

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Lake

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.63

.039

C Coghlan

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.51

.000

R Lopez

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.000

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.04

-.001

W Castillo

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.94

-.004

J Soler

4

1

1

1

1

0

2

0.5

-.006

R Kalish

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.79

-.040

L Watkins

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.89

-.045

L Valbuena

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0.65

-.056

J Baez

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

0.9

-.058

A Alcantara

3

0

0

0

0

0

3

1.06

-.095

M Olt

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.39

-.112

Total

31

1

5

1

1

2

15

0.76

-.377

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: Another brutal group, but not nearly as bad as Monday.

  • Superhero - Junior Lake (.039). Yup, a pinch-hit walk takes the top of the Hero podium this game.
  • Hero - Justin Grimm (.018). Probably deserves the top spot unofficially just for being the only reliever to not get knocked around on Wednesday.
  • Sidekick - Chris Coghlan (.000). Ah, yes... another executive decision.  With the choices being Coghlan's 1-for-4 night, the eighth-inning performance of Arodys Vizcaino, and the strikeout in the ninth for Rafael Lopez, Coghlan wins for actually doing something that could have positively contributed to the game.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Mike Olt (-.112). I've seen this movie before...
  • Goat - Arismendy Alcantara (-.095). His last seven podium appearances have now been with the Goats, all in a span of 13 games.
  • Kid - Kyle Hendricks (-.077). Everything was good until that sixth inning.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 146 (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

4

41

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

Junior Lake

4

3

4

22

z-Emilio Bonifacio

1

9

1

22

Brian Schlitter

1

4.5

7.5

19.5

Arismendy Alcantara

3

4

2

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

Justin Grimm

0

4

7

15

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

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

8.5

5.5

34.5

Mike Olt

6

4

6

32

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

3

12

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

Chris Coghlan

41

35

6

y-Ryan Sweeney

24.5

18.5

6

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Chris Valaika

12

7

5

Ryan Kalish

13

9

4

Kyle Hendricks

15.5

12

3.5

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

y-Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

John Baker

14

21

-7

Mike Olt

24

32

-8

Hector Rondon

15

23

-8

z-Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Justin Grimm

15

24.5

-9.5

z-James Russell

10

20

-10

Javier Baez

6

17.5

-11.5

Carlos Villanueva

11

24

-13

Arismendy Alcantara

19

34.5

-15.5

Travis Wood

29

45

-16

Junior Lake

22

39.5

-17.5

x-Edwin Jackson

16

43

-27

z-Nate Schierholtz

27

55

-28

Lake picks up his first Superhero since May 25 (talk about burying a lede!), while Alcantara sinks further into negative territory on the plus/minus chart.