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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 152

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Pitching comes up strong once again on the Hero podium as Kyle Hendricks takes the top step in the Wednesday night sweep of the Reds.

Believe it or not, it's his first Superhero award since August 12.
Believe it or not, it's his first Superhero award since August 12.
Jonathan Daniel

Fun Fact:  The Cubs have had only one other starting pitcher who won seven games in his first 12 career appearances, and if you can name him your memory of the '90s is much better than mine.  I'll let you take a few guesses in the comments to see if you can come up with it.

Graphs for Game 152 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-152

Stats for Game 152:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Hendricks

7

7

0

1

0

4

1.55

.346

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

2

1.57

.118

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

1

0

1.41

.071

Total

9

7

0

1

1

6

1.54

.535

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

R Kalish

2

0

1

0

1

0

1

1.22

.136

L Valbuena

4

1

2

0

1

0

1

1.16

.100

C Valaika

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

1.42

.023

J Soler

2

1

0

0

0

2

0

1

.022

A Rizzo

2

1

0

0

0

2

1

0.85

.006

J Baez

4

0

1

0

0

0

3

0.64

-.009

M Olt

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.54

-.013

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.73

-.018

K Hendricks

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.08

-.089

W Castillo

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.08

-.094

C Coghlan

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.92

-.099

Total

28

3

5

0

3

5

7

0.98

-.035

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 - Kyle Hendricks (.346). Definitely earned this one, escaping of a couple of tough jams in the sixth and seventh innings.
  • Hero - Ryan Kalish (.136). His WPA might have been a bit higher if the ivy didn't eat his double in the second.
  • Sidekick - Pedro Strop (.118). Pitched a perfect eighth including two whiffs on six pitches.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Chris Coghlan (-.099). Of course the day after I say "I still find myself surprised on a regular basis at how good of a season he's having" he goes and does this. The power of the written word.
  • Goat - Welington Castillo (-.094). Three nights in a row on the second spot of the Goat podium. I'm pretty sure he has a tent and air mattress hiding out somewhere.
  • Kid - Kyle Hendricks, the hitter (-.089). As I mentioned yesterday in the comments for H & G 151, I'm probably going to move away from looking at batting WPA for pitchers in 2015. But with only 10 games left in this season, his bunt in the second inning will still qualify him for a pitcher's Daily Double.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 152 (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

Kyle Hendricks

5

1.5

0.5

18.5

Jorge Soler

5

1

1

18

Pedro Strop

1

3

8

17

z-Darwin Barney

3.5

2.5

1

16.5

x-Edwin Jackson

4

1

2

16

Hector Rondon

0

1

14

16

Ryan Kalish

4

1

1

15

Justin Grimm

0

4

7

15

Tsuyoshi Wada

4

1

0

14

John Baker

1

4

3

14

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

Welington Castillo

4

15.5

9

52

Starlin Castro

5

10.5

15

51

Travis Wood

11

5

2

45

x-Edwin Jackson

12

3

1

43

Junior Lake

6

6.5

8.5

39.5

Chris Coghlan

7

5

7

38

Arismendy Alcantara

4

9.5

5.5

36.5

Anthony Rizzo

2

11

8

36

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

4

13

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

Brian Schlitter

19.5

13

6.5

Zac Rosscup

6.5

0

6.5

y-Ryan Sweeney

24.5

18.5

6

Kyle Hendricks

18.5

13

5.5

Ryan Kalish

15

9.5

5.5

Chris Coghlan

43

38

5

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Tsuyoshi Wada

14

9

5

Felix Doubront

6

1

5

Matt Szczur

8

4

4

Kyuji Fujikawa

3.5

0

3.5

Chris Valaika

12

10

2

z-Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

Logan Watkins

3

2

1

x-Chris Rusin

3

2

1

Welington Castillo

52.5

52

0.5

Eric Jokisch

1

1

0

Pedro Strop

17

18

-1

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

Neil Ramirez

7.5

9

-1.5

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

And the big question for the series opener against the Dodgers: Will Castillo finally escape the second step of the Goat podium? (Okay, maybe it wasn't that big of a question.)