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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 159

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This just in: Jake Arrieta is the bomb.

Now that's a photo of Jake you wouldn't expect to see.
Now that's a photo of Jake you wouldn't expect to see.
Brian Kersey

Fun Fact: After Wednesday night's start, Jake Arrieta has made 25 starts this season for the Cubs and has a WHIP of 0.989. Just how rare is is it for a Cub starter to make at least 25 starts and keep his WHIP under 1.00? Since the deadball era, it's only happened two other times, and only one other time in which every appearance by the pitcher was a start and not a relief appearance.

Here's the complete list of Cub starters who have managed the feat (minimum 25 starts, WHIP of 1.00 or less):

Player WHIP GS Year Tm Lg G CG SHO W L IP ERA FIP ERA+
Orval Overall 0.996 32 1909 CHC NL 38 23 9 20 11 285.0 1.42 1.75 179
Bill Hands 0.994 34 1968 CHC NL 38 11 4 16 10 258.2 2.89 3.03 110
Jake Arrieta 0.989 25 2014 CHC NL 25 1 1 10 5 156.2 2.53 2.25 151
Dennis Eckersley 0.969 25 1985 CHC NL 25 6 2 11 7 169.1 3.08 2.84 129
Ed Reulbach 0.963 29 1905 CHC NL 34 28 5 18 14 291.2 1.42 2.46 209
Jack Taylor 0.953 34 1902 CHC NL 37 34 8 23 11 333.2 1.29 2.73 206
Mordecai Brown 0.944 27 1907 CHC NL 34 20 6 20 6 233.0 1.39 1.97 179
Jack Pfiester 0.941 29 1906 CHC NL 31 20 4 20 8 250.2 1.51 2.21 174
Claude Hendrix 0.936 37 1914 CHI FL 49 34 6 29 10 362.0 1.69 2.29 173
Mordecai Brown 0.934 32 1906 CHC NL 36 27 9 26 6 277.1 1.04 2.08 253
Pete Alexander 0.928 27 1919 CHC NL 30 20 9 16 11 235.0 1.72 2.11 166
Mordecai Brown 0.873 34 1909 CHC NL 50 32 8 27 9 342.2 1.31 1.78 193
Mordecai Brown 0.842 31 1908 CHC NL 44 27 9 29 9 312.1 1.47 1.87 160
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/25/2014.

Graphs for Game 159 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-159

Stats for Game 159:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

7

2

0

0

1

10

1.16

.337

P Strop

1

1

0

0

0

2

1.69

.118

H Rondon

1

2

0

0

0

0

1.36

.071

Total

9

5

0

0

1

12

1.25

.526

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

2

0

1

0

2

0

1

1.23

.224

C Valaika

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

0.78

.075

L Valbuena

3

1

1

0

0

1

0

1.1

.059

R Kalish

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.28

.015

C Coghlan

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0.85

.004

A Rizzo

2

0

0

0

0

2

0

0.74

-.013

L Watkins

2

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.85

-.016

J Soler

3

0

1

0

0

1

0

0.88

-.019

A Alcantara

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.54

-.028

J Lake

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.01

-.080

J Baez

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.99

-.094

W Castillo

4

0

0

0

0

0

3

1.38

-.152

Total

31

3

7

0

3

5

9

0.94

-.026

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 - Jake Arrieta (.337). Another fun fact: Of his 25 starts this year, he allowed two runs or fewer in 19 of them.
  • Hero - Jake Arrieta, the hitter (.224). And then there was his first career triple.
  • Sidekick - Pedro Strop (.118). Has allowed one earned run in his last 18 appearances, and that was on August 31.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Welington Castillo (-.152). Whatever he does, he just can't seem to avoid the zero mark on the plus/minus chart.
  • Goat - Javier Baez (-.094). I'm just writing this season off as an experiment for him. That's a different way of saying I'm not too concerned. Yet.
  • Kid - Junior Lake (-.080). The Goat podium tonight combined: 11 at-bats, seven strikeouts. Yuck.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 159 (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

12

5

1

47

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

Pedro Strop

1

3

9

18

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

1

0

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

5

15.5

9

55

Starlin Castro

5

10.5

15

51

Travis Wood

12

5

2

48

Edwin Jackson

13

3

1

46

Junior Lake

6

6.5

9.5

40.5

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

4.5

5.5

29.5

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

47

15

32

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

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

55.5

55

0.5

Pedro Strop

18

18

0

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

29.5

-16.5

Travis Wood

31

48

-17

Junior Lake

22

40.5

-18.5

Arismendy Alcantara

21

39.5

-18.5

z-Nate Schierholtz

27

55

-28

Edwin Jackson

16

46

-30

Arrieta straddles the first two steps of the Hero podium and breaks past the plus-30 mark on the plus/minus chart in the process.