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Javier Baez completes a good weekend, making the Hero podium in each of the final two games against Pittsburgh.

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Well, at least the Cubs squeezed one win out of the road trip. Hey, it's better than none.

The quick Saturday recap (Game 148 - Cubs 6, Pirates 4):

Superhero - Felix Doubront (.255). That's three solid outings in a row for him.
Billy Goat - Chris Valaika (-.074). Even if it scores a run, a double play is never a good thing.

And for Sunday's game:

Graphs for Game 149 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-149

Stats for Game 149:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Vizcaino

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.02

.002

E Jokisch

2.2

5

0

0

0

2

0.36

-.040

J Turner

4.1

7

1

7

3

1

1.19

-.564

Total

8

12

1

7

3

4

0.82

-.602

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

M Szczur

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.11

.098

J Baez

3

1

1

0

0

1

1

0.51

.064

M Olt

2

1

0

0

0

2

1

0.62

.019

L Valbuena

3

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.53

.009

J Baker

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

0.75

.008

C Valaika

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.86

.001

C Coghlan

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

0.69

.000

R Kalish

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.13

-.003

E Jokisch

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.32

-.009

J Turner

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.72

-.036

A Alcantara

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.53

-.050

Total

26

3

4

0

2

5

8

0.65

.102

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 - Matt Szczur (.098). If there was a WPA-per-feet-traveled stat for batted balls, he'd probably be near the top of the list after that hit in the second.
  • Hero - Javier Baez (.064). Took the second step on the podium in both weekend games.
  • Sidekick - Mike Olt (.019). More walks than strikeouts. That counts for something.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jacob Turner (-.564). There has only been one other Cub start this season that ranked lower on the WPA Richter Scale, and it was by Jake Arrieta on August 6.
  • Goat - Arismendy Alcantara (-.055). Now up to eight straight appearances on the Goat side.
  • Kid - Eric Jokisch (-.040). Probably would have been worse if not for the umpire's kneecap getting in the way.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 149 (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

5.5

52.5

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

8

26

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

Javier Baez

0

5

2

12

Carlos Villanueva

0

3

5

11

z-James Russell

0

2

6

10

Matt Szczur

1

2

1

8

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

6.5

7.5

Zac Rosscup

0

3

0.5

6.5

Felix Doubront

2

0

0

6

Jacob Turner

1

1

0

5

Kyuji Fujikawa

0

1

1.5

3.5

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

Arismendy Alcantara

4

9.5

5.5

36.5

Anthony Rizzo

2

11

8

36

Chris Coghlan

6

5

7

35

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

Chris Valaika

1

3

1

10

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2.5

9.5

Neil Ramirez

3

0

0

9

Tsuyoshi Wada

3

0

0

9

Jacob Turner

3

0

0

9

z-Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Blake Parker

1

1

2

7

y-Eli Whiteside

1

0

3

6

Dan Straily

1

1

0

5

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

1

4

Matt Szczur

0

1

2

4

x-Chris Rusin

0

1

0

2

Jorge Soler

0

0

2

2

Eric Jokisch

0

0

1

1

Felix Doubront

0

0

1

1

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

Welington Castillo

52.5

46

6.5

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

Tsuyoshi Wada

14

9

5

Felix Doubront

6

1

5

Matt Szczur

8

4

4

Kyle Hendricks

15.5

12

3.5

Ryan Kalish

13

9.5

3.5

Kyuji Fujikawa

3.5

0

3.5

Chris Valaika

12

10

2

Logan Watkins

3

1

2

z-Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

x-Chris Rusin

3

2

1

Eric Jokisch

1

1

0

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

Neil Ramirez

7.5

9

-1.5

Pedro Strop

16

18

-2

z-Emilio Bonifacio

22

25

-3

Wesley Wright

13

17

-4

Jacob Turner

5

9

-4

Blake Parker

3

7

-4

Dan Straily

1

5

-4

Javier Baez

12

17.5

-5.5

Mike Olt

26

32

-6

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

15

26.5

-11.5

Carlos Villanueva

11

24

-13

Travis Wood

29

45

-16

Junior Lake

22

39.5

-17.5

Arismendy Alcantara

19

36.5

-17.5

x-Edwin Jackson

16

43

-27

z-Nate Schierholtz

27

55

-28

Baez begins the slow climb back toward zero on the plus/minus chart while Alcantara sinks into murky waters at the bottom of the list of active players.