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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 151

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Jake Arrieta throws a masterpiece on Tuesday night and wins the Superhero award in a landslide.

Please continue to be this good in 2015, Jake. Pretty please.
Please continue to be this good in 2015, Jake. Pretty please.
Jonathan Daniel

Some fun facts from Arrieta's one-hitter on Tuesday night:  By game score standards, his score of 97 was the third best performance in the major leagues this season behind only the Madison Bumgarner one-hitter on August 26 and the Clayton Kershaw no-hitter on June 18. It was also Arrieta's first complete game in his career and blew away his previous high game score of 86 on June 30.

Graphs for Game 151 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-151

Stats for Game 151:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

9

1

0

0

1

13

0.58

.373

Total

9

1

0

0

1

13

0.58

.373

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Coghlan

3

0

2

0

3

0

1

0.94

.116

J Soler

3

1

2

1

2

1

0

1.32

.115

L Valbuena

3

1

1

0

0

1

2

1.06

.063

J Arrieta

4

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.64

.025

M Szczur

3

1

0

0

1

1

0

0.54

.023

C Valaika

3

1

0

0

1

1

2

0.81

.008

L Watkins

4

1

0

0

0

0

2

0.53

-.062

W Castillo

3

1

0

0

0

1

2

1.1

-.074

J Baez

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.03

-.087

Total

30

7

6

1

7

5

13

0.89

.127

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 (.373). The only reason his WPA wasn't higher was because of the seven runs that the Cubs scored for him. Not that he needed them.
  • Hero - Chris Coghlan (.116). I still find myself surprised on a regular basis at how good of a season he's having.
  • Sidekick - Jorge Soler (.115). Another fun fact: Prior to 2014, there were only two times in Cubs history in the past 100 years that a player had hit five home runs in their first 14 games. This year it has happened twice. (The other guy's on top of the other podium.)

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Javier Baez (-.087). Hmm... this looks familiar...
  • Goat - Welington Castillo (-.074). Wait a minute... Baez and Castillo were both here Monday night as well, in these exact same spots. But Soler was third and now he's over on the Hero podium...
  • Kid - Logan Watkins (-.062). Whew. For a second I thought I was suffering déjà vu there.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 151 (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

16

11

10

80

Starlin Castro

14.5

10

9

72.5

Luis Valbuena

13

11

8

69

Welington Castillo

10

8.5

5.5

52.5

Chris Coghlan

7

9

4

43

Jake Arrieta

11

4

1

42

y-Justin Ruggiano

6.5

9.5

3

41.5

Travis Wood

6

6

1

31

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

1

18

z-Darwin Barney

3.5

2.5

1

16.5

x-Edwin Jackson

4

1

2

16

Pedro Strop

1

3

7

16

Hector Rondon

0

1

14

16

Kyle Hendricks

4

1.5

0.5

15.5

Justin Grimm

0

4

7

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

14.5

9

50

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

Javier Baez

5

2.5

3.5

23.5

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

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

Jorge Soler

0

0

3

3

x-Chris Rusin

0

1

0

2

Logan Watkins

0

0

2

2

Eric Jokisch

0

0

1

1

Felix Doubront

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

80

36

44

Jake Arrieta

42

15

27

Starlin Castro

72.5

51

21.5

y-Justin Ruggiano

41.5

26

15.5

Jorge Soler

18

3

15

Luis Valbuena

69

57

12

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Chris Coghlan

43

35

8

Brian Schlitter

19.5

13

6.5

Zac Rosscup

6.5

0

6.5

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

Welington Castillo

52.5

50

2.5

Chris Valaika

12

10

2

z-Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

Logan Watkins

3

2

1

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

Mike Olt

26

32

-6

y-Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

Hector Rondon

16

23

-7

John Baker

14

21

-7

z-Jose Veras

0

9

-9

z-James Russell

10

20

-10

Justin Grimm

15

26.5

-11.5

Javier Baez

12

23.5

-11.5

Carlos Villanueva

11

24

-13

Travis Wood

31

45

-14

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

Arrieta extends his dominance of the plus/minus chart among starting pitchers, while Baez sinks back into double-digit negatives.