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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Games 154-156

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All the highlights and lowlights from the weekend games against the Dodgers, including the WPA batting performance of the season on Saturday.

There were some good moments from the weekend games.  This was one of them.
There were some good moments from the weekend games. This was one of them.
Tasos Katopodis

I must admit that when the calendar turns to September my ability to watch Cub games diminishes greatly, but not because of other professional sports. Between high school football, marching band competitions, town parades and music practices there's hardly time for much else. Maybe this is why the fall is always a blur for me...

A quick recap of the Friday and Saturday games:

Game 154 (Friday - Dodgers 14, Cubs 5):
Superhero -
Chris Valaika (.049). Had a couple of hits early while the game was still somewhat close, with a loose definition of "somewhat" being applied.
Billy Goat - Edwin Jackson (-.326). The only logical explanation I can come up with for Jackson making this start was to see if someone could unseat Nate Schierholtz from the bottom of the plus/minus chart. The evil plan worked.

Game 155 (Saturday - Cubs 8, Dodgers 7):
Superhero -
Chris Coghlan (.750). The game of his career, basically. The next closest Superhero performance for the Cubs this year was from Arismendy Alcantara on July 10, and Coghlan's previous best from April 25, 2011 was completely blown away. And he wasn't even the Superhero in that game.
Billy Goat - Felix Doubront (-.433). There was a bit of a pattern to the Billy Goats this past weekend.

And as for Sunday:

Graphs for Game 156 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-156

Stats for Game 156:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

D Straily

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.25

.014

B Schlitter

1

3

0

1

0

0

0.33

-.032

K Fujikawa

1

3

0

0

0

0

0.71

-.058

Z Rosscup

1

2

0

1

0

2

1.06

-.085

J Turner

5

8

1

4

0

3

0.82

-.301

Total

9

16

1

6

1

6

0.72

-.462

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Coghlan

5

0

2

0

1

0

3

1.12

.180

L Valbuena

4

1

2

0

1

1

2

1.2

.165

R Lopez

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.87

.045

J Turner

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.83

.003

L Watkins

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.94

-.023

A Alcantara

4

0

1

0

1

0

2

1.4

-.028

A Rizzo

4

1

0

0

0

1

1

1.65

-.033

R Kalish

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.99

-.050

M Szczur

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.21

-.059

W Castillo

4

1

1

1

1

0

0

1.47

-.066

J Baez

4

1

1

0

0

1

1

1.58

-.084

C Valaika

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

1.21

-.086

Total

35

5

8

1

4

5

13

1.31

-.038

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 - Chris Coghlan (.180). What better way to follow up the best WPA game of your career than to take the top spot on the podium a second day in a row.
  • Hero - Luis Valbuena (.165). Was in line for the top spot until his game-ending whiff with runners on second and third.
  • Sidekick Rafael Lopez (.045). With six games left in the season, all of the position players on the active roster have now made the podium at least once.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jacob Turner (-.301). Yup, the starting pitchers swept the Billy Goats over the weekend.
  • Goat - Chris Valaika (-.086). Had a couple of big strikeouts with runners on early.
  • Kid - Zac Rosscup (-.085). And finally, the man with the 10.22 ERA finds the Goat podium after escaping it all season.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 156 (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

Luis Valbuena

13

13

8

73

Starlin Castro

14.5

10

9

72.5

Welington Castillo

10

8.5

5.5

52.5

Chris Coghlan

9

9

4

49

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

Arismendy Alcantara

3

5

2

21

Jorge Soler

5

1.5

1.5

19.5

Brian Schlitter

1

4.5

7.5

19.5

Kyle Hendricks

5

1.5

0.5

18.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

1

0

17

Pedro Strop

1

3

8

17

Hector Rondon

0

1

15

17

z-Darwin Barney

3.5

2.5

1

16.5

Edwin Jackson

4

1

2

16

Chris Valaika

5

0

0

15

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

Carlos Villanueva

0

3

5

11

z-James Russell

0

2

6

10

Matt Szczur

1

2.5

1.5

9.5

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

Rafael Lopez

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

Edwin Jackson

13

3

1

46

Travis Wood

11

5

2

45

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

Javier Baez

5

2.5

4.5

24.5

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

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

Jacob Turner

4

0

0

12

Chris Valaika

1

4

1

12

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2.5

9.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

3

0

0

9

z-Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Blake Parker

1

1

2

7

y-Eli Whiteside

1

0

3

6

Matt Szczur

0

2

2

6

Dan Straily

1

1

0

5

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

1

4

Felix Doubront

1

0

1

4

Logan Watkins

0

1

2

4

Jorge Soler

0

0

4

4

Eric Jokisch

0

1

1

3

x-Chris Rusin

0

1

0

2

Zac Rosscup

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

80

36

44

Jake Arrieta

42

15

27

Starlin Castro

72.5

51

21.5

Luis Valbuena

73

57

16

y-Justin Ruggiano

41.5

26

15.5

Jorge Soler

19.5

4

15.5

Chris Coghlan

49

38

11

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Tsuyoshi Wada

17

9

8

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

Zac Rosscup

6.5

1

5.5

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Matt Szczur

9.5

6

3.5

Kyuji Fujikawa

3.5

0

3.5

Chris Valaika

15

12

3

Felix Doubront

6

4

2

z-Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

x-Chris Rusin

3

2

1

Rafael Lopez

1

0

1

Welington Castillo

52.5

52

0.5

Pedro Strop

17

18

-1

Logan Watkins

3

4

-1

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

Eric Jokisch

1

3

-2

z-Emilio Bonifacio

22

25

-3

Wesley Wright

13

17

-4

Blake Parker

3

7

-4

Dan Straily

1

5

-4

Neil Ramirez

7.5

12

-4.5

Mike Olt

26

32

-6

Hector Rondon

17

23

-6

y-Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

John Baker

14

21

-7

Jacob Turner

5

12

-7

z-Jose Veras

0

9

-9

z-James Russell

10

20

-10

Justin Grimm

15

26.5

-11.5

Javier Baez

13

24.5

-11.5

Carlos Villanueva

11

24

-13

Travis Wood

31

45

-14

Arismendy Alcantara

21

36.5

-15.5

Junior Lake

22

39.5

-17.5

z-Nate Schierholtz

27

55

-28

Edwin Jackson

16

46

-30

Coghlan rides back-to-back Superhero awards to a double-digit positive on the plus/minus chart, while Jackson becomes the only Cub to hit the minus-30 mark this season.