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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 153

One botched play leads to the 2014 Cubs WPA Pitching Meltdown of the Year.

Thanks for your solid work this year, Dr. K.
Thanks for your solid work this year, Dr. K.
Brian Kersey

When I first saw today's chart it made me think of the "Cliff Hangers" game from The Price is Right. The yodeling in the song used in that game always cracked me up.

Graphs for Game 153 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-153

Stats for Game 153:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

T Wada

5

5

0

1

1

5

1.12

.154

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.61

.046

Z Rosscup

0.1

0

0

0

0

1

0.75

.019

W Wright

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0.56

.016

B Parker

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.11

-.015

B Schlitter

0.2

2

0

1

2

1

0.71

-.068

N Ramirez

0.2

5

0

1

0

0

1.88

-.708

Total

9

13

0

3

3

8

1.01

-.556

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

L Valbuena

5

1

2

0

1

0

0

1.26

.105

J Baez

4

2

2

0

0

1

1

0.82

.099

J Soler

4

0

2

0

2

0

2

1.4

.048

R Kalish

4

0

2

0

0

0

1

1.01

.037

C Coghlan

5

1

2

0

0

0

2

0.7

.021

J Lake

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.21

.008

C Valaika

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.29

-.008

T Wada

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.63

-.034

M Olt

3

0

1

0

1

0

2

1.6

-.055

J Baker

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.58

-.061

L Watkins

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.91

-.103

Total

36

4

11

0

4

2

11

0.96

.056

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 - Tsuyoshi Wada (.154). Goes out the Superhero in his final outing of the year, and possibly his final outing as a Cub.
  • Hero - Luis Valbuena (.105). Drove in the game's first run with his first-inning single.
  • Sidekick - Javier Baez (.099). I'll take 2-for-4 with two singles and a walk any time I can get it from him.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Neil Ramirez (-.708). There hasn't been a WPA implosion by a Cub reliever that's been all that close to this one this season; the next-closest came on June 17. And granted, had the next guy down on the podium made the play on the sharp grounder things would have been different. But you still have to get the next guys out.
  • Goat - Logan Watkins (-.103). Just don't look next to you, man. Just keep your head down and pretend that nothing's going on.
  • Kid - Brian Schlitter (-.068). If you didn't check out the link above, he was the previous owner of the biggest WPA implosion for a Cub reliever in 2014.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 153 (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

12

8

71

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

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

1

0

17

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

John Baker

1

4

3

14

Wesley Wright

0.5

4

3.5

13

Javier Baez

0

5

3

13

Chris Valaika

4

0

0

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

2

14

Kyle Hendricks

1

3

4

13

Neil Ramirez

4

0

0

12

Chris Valaika

1

3

1

10

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2.5

9.5

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

Logan Watkins

0

1

2

4

Jorge Soler

0

0

3

3

x-Chris Rusin

0

1

0

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

71

57

14

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Tsuyoshi Wada

17

9

8

Zac Rosscup

6.5

0

6.5

y-Ryan Sweeney

24.5

18.5

6

Brian Schlitter

19.5

14

5.5

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

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

x-Chris Rusin

3

2

1

Welington Castillo

52.5

52

0.5

Eric Jokisch

1

1

0

Pedro Strop

17

18

-1

Logan Watkins

3

4

-1

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

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

Neil Ramirez

7.5

12

-4.5

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

Javier Baez

13

23.5

-10.5

Justin Grimm

15

26.5

-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

Wada ends his season in second place among active starters on the plus/minus chart, and Valbuena creeps closer to Starlin Castro for second place on the overall Hero board.