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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 147

Despite two homers to bring the Cubs to within one run each time on Friday night, neither Javier Baez nor Arismendy Alcantara took the Superhero award on Friday night. Even more, one of the two didn't even make the podium.

Proof that doing several things right may not necessarily lead to a podium spot.
Proof that doing several things right may not necessarily lead to a podium spot.
Justin K. Aller

Who missed out on the podium Friday night?  That would be Arismendy Alcantara who, despite his 2-for-4 night with the hits coming early and not late, saw his chances washed away when he fouled out with the bases loaded to end the sixth.

And who topped the Heroes on Friday night?  Well, I can't give that away here. Then you wouldn't have a reason to look at all of the fancy graphs and charts and numbers and stuff. So read on.

Graphs for Game 147 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-147

Stats for Game 147:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

B Parker

0.2

0

0

0

0

2

0.46

.021

Z Rosscup

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.15

.008

B Schlitter

1

2

0

1

0

0

0.06

-.010

J Grimm

1

3

0

2

0

1

1

-.210

T Wada

4.1

9

0

4

2

2

1.08

-.263

Total

8

14

0

7

3

6

0.83

-.455

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

W Castillo

4

0

2

0

1

0

0

1.22

.103

J Baez

4

1

1

1

1

0

2

1.14

.040

M Olt

3

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.22

.027

A Alcantara

4

1

2

1

1

0

1

1.94

.024

L Valbuena

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.89

.010

C Coghlan

3

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.8

.003

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.12

-.004

R Lopez

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.47

-.011

C Valaika

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.49

-.014

T Wada

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

-.045

L Watkins

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.99

-.090

R Kalish

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.54

-.090

Total

34

3

7

2

3

1

12

1.12

-.045

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 (.103). His single in the sixth had slightly more impact than either of the homers, and he didn't have the odor of leaving runners on base hanging around him.
  • Hero - Javier Baez (.040). Had the homer in the fourth but it wasn't enough to lift him to the top spot.
  • Sidekick - Mike Olt (.027). Sometimes you make the podium for a big hit. And sometimes you make it on for getting grazed in the stomach by a pitch.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Tsuyoshi Wada (-.263). His worst outing by game score standards this year.
  • Goat - Justin Grimm (-.210). Proof that jinxes do exist: Just a couple of days ago I was commenting about how he had a 0.90 ERA and a 0.650 WHIP in his last 21 outings.
  • Kid (Tie) - Ryan Kalish and Logan Watkins (-.090). The two oh-fers on the night aside from Chris Coghlan, who at least had a walk.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 147 (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

10

8.5

4.5

51.5

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

Mike Olt

4

3

7

25

y-Ryan Sweeney

2

6

6.5

24.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

6

2

2

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

Javier Baez

0

3

2

8

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

6.5

7.5

Zac Rosscup

0

3

0.5

6.5

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

Justin Grimm

7

1.5

2.5

26.5

y-Justin Ruggiano

2

7

6

26

z-Emilio Bonifacio

1

9

4

25

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

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2.5

9.5

Neil Ramirez

3

0

0

9

Tsuyoshi Wada

3

0

0

9

z-Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Blake Parker

1

1

2

7

Chris Valaika

0

3

1

7

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

1

1

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

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

Welington Castillo

51.5

46

5.5

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Tsuyoshi Wada

14

9

5

Chris Valaika

12

7

5

Kyle Hendricks

15.5

12

3.5

Ryan Kalish

13

9.5

3.5

Kyuji Fujikawa

3.5

0

3.5

Felix Doubront

3

0

3

Logan Watkins

3

1

2

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

Mike Olt

25

32

-7

John Baker

14

21

-7

Hector Rondon

15

23

-8

z-Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Javier Baez

8

17.5

-9.5

z-James Russell

10

20

-10

Justin Grimm

15

26.5

-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

Castillo continues his climb up the plus-minus chart, while Grimm gets closer to territory he used to own earlier in the season.