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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 160

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It took him 50 games, but Javier Baez finally did something he hasn't done yet this year: Win his first Superhero award of the season.

Way to keep that back leg up, Javy!
Way to keep that back leg up, Javy!
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The funniest part of the balk play that Al mentioned in his recap was listening to the Brewers announcers on the Fox Sports Wisconsin feed as the play occurred. Theories of Anthony Rizzo colliding with the first-base umpire came into play and they had no idea why Rick Renteria was so upset.  It took them until the top of the ninth to finally figure out what actually happened. Apparently they don't look have a replay view that shows the second-base umpire in the shot because it would have made their jobs a heck of a lot easier.

Graphs for Game 160 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-160

Stats for Game 160:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.15

.087

N Ramirez

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.69

.052

D Straily

1

1

0

0

0

1

1.26

.051

P Strop

1

2

0

1

0

2

1.65

.009

E Jokisch

4

3

1

1

4

2

1.57

-.003

J Grimm

1

2

0

1

0

2

1.96

-.024

Total

9

8

1

3

4

9

1.52

.172

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Baez

5

2

3

0

2

0

1

1.05

.250

C Coghlan

4

3

2

1

1

0

0

0.79

.141

L Watkins

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.93

.066

A Rizzo

3

0

1

0

1

2

1

0.83

.057

J Soler

5

0

1

0

2

0

1

0.93

.050

R Kalish

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.13

-.003

L Valbuena

2

0

0

0

0

2

0

0.73

-.008

E Jokisch

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.38

-.010

M Olt

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.39

-.011

R Lopez

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.35

-.024

M Szczur

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.5

-.050

A Alcantara

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.95

-.129

Total

35

6

9

1

6

4

7

0.77

.328

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 - Javier Baez (.250). Who would have ever guessed that his first Superhero award would have come on a night where he didn't hit a homer?
  • Hero - Chris Coghlan (.141). His performance in 2014 continues to amaze me, and I continue to worry that if he sticks around into 2015 he's going to go full-pumpkin and hit more like he did in 2013.
  • Sidekick - Hector Rondon (.087). He's been on this step so many times I think he's actually engraved his initials into it.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Arismendy Alcantara (-.129). He's sinking into some pretty ugly territory on the plus/minus chart.
  • Goat - Matt Szczur (-.050). Garden-variety 0-for-4 night with no frills attached.
  • Kid (tie) #1 - Rafael Lopez (-.024). Also an uneventful night, but he did have a single.
  • Kid (tie) #2 - Justin Grimm (-.024). The same can not be said for him, escaping a four-runner inning with only one run scored..

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 160 (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

10

4

51

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

Hector Rondon

0

2

16

20

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

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

Javier Baez

1

5

3

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

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

Arismendy Alcantara

6

9.5

5.5

42.5

Junior Lake

6

6.5

9.5

40.5

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

3

27

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

Matt Szczur

0

3

2

8

Blake Parker

1

1

2

7

y-Eli Whiteside

1

0

3

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

Rafael Lopez

0

0

0.5

0.5

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

51

39

12

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

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

Matt Szczur

9.5

8

1.5

x-Chris Rusin

3

2

1

Welington Castillo

55.5

55

0.5

Rafael Lopez

1

0.5

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

20

23

-3

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

27

-12

Carlos Villanueva

11

24

-13

Javier Baez

16

29.5

-13.5

Travis Wood

31

48

-17

Junior Lake

22

40.5

-18.5

Arismendy Alcantara

21

42.5

-21.5

z-Nate Schierholtz

27

55

-28

Edwin Jackson

16

46

-30

Baez finally enjoys the view from the top of the Hero podium, while Alcantara sinks into the dreaded minus-20 territory on the plus/minus chart.