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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 162

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And as the 2014 season comes to a close for the Cubs, who better to be standing at the top of the Hero podium than the man who had been there so many times before.

The 2014 King of the Mountain, Anthony Rizzo.
The 2014 King of the Mountain, Anthony Rizzo.
Tom Lynn

So that's it. Another season in the books. The Cubs exceeded my pre-season expectations by a decent margin, as I had them pegged at 95-plus losses from the outset. I'm very glad that they proved me wrong, and I hope that in 2015 they'll find a way to get back to at least .500, something that they haven't done for an extended period of time for the past five years.

I'd like to thank everyone who came by to read this piece every day or on a regular basis. I hope that you found it to be a fun way to look at the season from a slightly different angle. And rest assured, this series will be back again in 2015.

Enjoy the offseason. It's only 189 days until Opening Day.

Graphs for Game 162 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-162

Stats for Game 162:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Grimm

1

0

0

0

0

0

2.11

.131

P Strop

1

1

0

0

0

0

1.22

.085

N Ramirez

1

0

0

0

1

1

1.54

.079

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.51

.039

J Turner

5

4

0

2

3

2

1.28

-.033

Total

9

5

0

2

4

4

1.29

.301

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

A Rizzo

4

2

3

1

2

1

1

1.16

.324

A Alcantara

4

0

1

0

2

0

3

1.22

.109

C Coghlan

4

1

0

0

1

1

1

0.76

.040

J Soler

4

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.28

.003

L Watkins

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.49

.002

J Lake

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.58

-.015

J Turner

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.89

-.045

J Baker

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

0.67

-.046

C Valaika

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.71

-.051

J Baez

5

0

1

0

0

0

3

0.54

-.059

L Valbuena

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

1.12

-.063

Total

35

5

7

1

5

3

12

0.9

.199

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 (.324). Your mileage could somehow vary, but he gets my team MVP for 2014 hands-down.
  • Hero - Justin Grimm (.131). Pulled pretty much the same act as Brian Schlitter on Saturday.
  • Sidekick - Arismendy Alcantara (.109). Ended a rough September on a positive note.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Luis Valbuena (-.063). It'll be interesting to see just what his role with the team ends up being next season.
  • Goat - Javier Baez (-.059). And now that the 2014 big-league experiment is over for him, it's time to get ready for the finished product in 2015.
  • Kid - Chris Valaika (-.051). Whether or not he ends up with the Cubs again is next year is unknown, and I think unlikely, but he did have a decent .276 average and .713 OPS in September.

FINAL RANKINGS FOR THE 2014 SEASON (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

19

11

10

89

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

Arismendy Alcantara

3

5

3

22

z-Emilio Bonifacio

1

9

1

22

Brian Schlitter

1

5.5

7.5

21.5

Hector Rondon

0

2

16

20

Jorge Soler

5

1.5

1.5

19.5

Kyle Hendricks

5

1.5

0.5

18.5

Pedro Strop

1

3

9

18

Tsuyoshi Wada

5

1

0

17

Edwin Jackson

4

1

3

17

Justin Grimm

0

5

7

17

z-Darwin Barney

3.5

2.5

1

16.5

Javier Baez

1

5

3

16

Chris Valaika

5

0

0

15

Ryan Kalish

4

1

1

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

z-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

9

11

13

62

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

Javier Baez

5

5.5

6.5

32.5

Mike Olt

6

4

6

32

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

Chris Valaika

1

4

2

13

Kyle Hendricks

1

3

4

13

Neil Ramirez

4

0

0

12

Jacob Turner

4

0

0

12

Ryan Kalish

1

2

2.5

9.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

3

0

0

9

z-Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Jorge Soler

1

1

4

9

Matt Szczur

0

3

2

8

Blake Parker

1

1

2

7

y-Eli Whiteside

1

0

3

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

z-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

89

36

53

Jake Arrieta

47

15

32

Starlin Castro

72.5

51

21.5

y-Justin Ruggiano

41.5

26

15.5

Chris Coghlan

51

39

12

Luis Valbuena

73

62

11

Jorge Soler

19.5

9

10.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Tsuyoshi Wada

17

9

8

Brian Schlitter

21.5

14

7.5

Zac Rosscup

7.5

1

6.5

y-Ryan Sweeney

24.5

18.5

6

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

13

2

Felix Doubront

6

4

2

z-Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

Matt Szczur

9.5

8

1.5

z-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

Justin Grimm

17

27

-10

z-James Russell

10

20

-10

Carlos Villanueva

11

24

-13

Javier Baez

16

32.5

-16.5

Travis Wood

31

48

-17

Junior Lake

22

40.5

-18.5

Arismendy Alcantara

22

42.5

-20.5

z-Nate Schierholtz

27

55

-28

Edwin Jackson

17

46

-29