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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 158

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With his walkoff single on Tuesday night, Welington Castillo takes the top spot on the Hero podium.

Way to send 'em home happy, Beef!
Way to send 'em home happy, Beef!
Brian Kersey

Debbie Downer Fact: With the three-plus strikeout games from Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara, a Cubs player has now struck out three times or more in a game 70 times in the 2014 season. The previous record of 57 in 2002 was broken a month ago. I know: Every party has a pooper.

Graphs for Game 158 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-158

Stats for Game 158:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

0

1.78

.134

Z Rosscup

1

0

0

0

0

2

1.78

.134

P Strop

1

1

0

0

0

1

2.68

.104

N Ramirez

1

0

0

0

1

0

1.23

.086

J Grimm

0.2

2

0

0

0

0

1.64

.040

K Hendricks

5.1

5

1

3

1

4

1.1

-.075

Total

10

8

1

3

2

7

1.47

.423

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

W Castillo

5

1

2

1

3

0

2

2.23

.418

A Rizzo

5

1

3

0

0

0

1

1

.077

R Kalish

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.14

.040

M Szczur

3

1

1

1

1

0

1

0.83

.023

L Valbuena

2

1

0

0

0

3

0

2.49

.015

K Hendricks

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.32

.006

J Soler

5

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.32

-.034

C Valaika

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.52

-.040

M Olt

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.76

-.043

L Watkins

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2.24

-.056

C Coghlan

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.47

-.088

J Baez

4

0

0

0

0

1

3

1.05

-.110

A Alcantara

5

0

0

0

0

0

4

1.08

-.131

Total

38

4

9

2

4

4

14

1.43

.077

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 - Welington Castillo (.418). From the Did You Know files: That was his first ever walkoff hit in the major leagues.
  • Hero / Sidekick Tie - Hector Rondon and Zac Rosscup (.134). Capped off a strong night by the entire bullpen.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Arismendy Alcantara (-.131). His first ever Golden Sombrero.
  • Goat - Javier Baez (-.110). He was able to show Mendy how to wear it from his own previous experience.
  • Kid - Chris Coghlan (-.088). Sometimes the pinch-hit situations work in your favor, and sometimes they don't.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 158 (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

11

8.5

5.5

55.5

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

Hector Rondon

0

2

15

19

Kyle Hendricks

5

1.5

0.5

18.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

1

0

17

Pedro Strop

1

3

8

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

Zac Rosscup

0

3

1.5

7.5

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

6.5

7.5

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

Arismendy Alcantara

5

9.5

5.5

39.5

Chris Coghlan

7

5

8

39

Anthony Rizzo

2

11

8

36

Mike Olt

6

4

6

32

Javier Baez

5

3.5

5.5

27.5

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

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

39

10

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Tsuyoshi Wada

17

9

8

Zac Rosscup

7.5

1

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

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Welington Castillo

55.5

52

3.5

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

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

Hector Rondon

19

23

-4

Wesley Wright

13

17

-4

Dan Straily

1

5

-4

Neil Ramirez

7.5

12

-4.5

Mike Olt

27

32

-5

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

Carlos Villanueva

11

24

-13

Javier Baez

13

27.5

-14.5

Travis Wood

31

48

-17

Junior Lake

22

39.5

-17.5

Arismendy Alcantara

21

39.5

-18.5

z-Nate Schierholtz

27

55

-28

Edwin Jackson

16

46

-30

Castillo adds on to his hot September, while Alcantara and Baez continue their slide down the plus/minus chart.