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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 157

Because no one else seemingly wanted it, Anthony Rizzo picks up his team-leading seventeenth Superhero award of the season.

"So who wants this Superhero award tonight?" "Not Javy. He's not paying attention."
"So who wants this Superhero award tonight?" "Not Javy. He's not paying attention."
Brian Kersey

Which makes me wonder: Just what did Chris Coghlan do with that thing over the weekend??

Graphs for Game 157 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-157

Stats for Game 157:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

B Parker

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.04

.003

A Vizcaino

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

.000

C Villanueva

2

2

0

1

0

2

0.01

.000

T Wood

5

8

0

6

2

8

0.81

-.288

Total

9

12

0

7

3

11

0.49

-.285

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.26

.006

M Olt

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.02

.001

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.04

-.001

L Watkins

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.17

-.004

L Valbuena

3

0

1

0

0

1

1

0.3

-.013

T Wood

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.71

-.017

A Alcantara

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.29

-.022

W Castillo

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.38

-.023

R Kalish

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.57

-.029

C Coghlan

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.37

-.034

J Baez

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.38

-.038

J Soler

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.37

-.041

Total

29

0

4

0

0

3

8

0.34

-.215

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 - Anthony Rizzo (.006). Like I said, nobody wanted the thing Monday night.
  • Hero - Blake Parker (.003). Yup, pitching a scoreless sixth inning when the Cubs were down by seven took second place.
  • Sidekick - Mike Olt (.001). And a pinch-hit walk with the team down eight took third. At least it kept me from having to potentially invoke executive decision again.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Travis Wood (-.288). Ends his 2014 season with a resounding thud.
  • Goat - Jorge Soler (-.041). Had one of the four hits, but with one out in the ninth it was almost completely irrelevant.
  • Kid - Javier Baez (-.038). The lone 0-for-4, plus a double play for good measure.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 157 (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

17

11

10

83

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

9

27

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

Blake Parker

0

1

3

5

Kyuji Fujikawa

0

1

1.5

3.5

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

0

3

x-Chris Rusin

1

0

0

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

Travis Wood

12

5

2

48

Edwin Jackson

13

3

1

46

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

Javier Baez

5

2.5

5.5

25.5

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

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

Jorge Soler

0

1

4

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

Eric Jokisch

0

1

1

3

x-Chris Rusin

0

1

0

2

Zac Rosscup

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

83

36

47

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

6

13.5

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

Blake Parker

5

7

-2

Eric Jokisch

1

3

-2

z-Emilio Bonifacio

22

25

-3

Wesley Wright

13

17

-4

Dan Straily

1

5

-4

Neil Ramirez

7.5

12

-4.5

Mike Olt

27

32

-5

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

25.5

-12.5

Carlos Villanueva

11

24

-13

Arismendy Alcantara

21

36.5

-15.5

Travis Wood

31

48

-17

Junior Lake

22

39.5

-17.5

z-Nate Schierholtz

27

55

-28

Edwin Jackson

16

46

-30

Rizzo now stands one Superhero award away from breaking the plus-50 barrier for the season.