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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 139

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Just another day at the office for Jake Arrieta, picking up his ninth Superhero award of the season.

Jonathan Daniel

I wasn't sure if the Cubs had ever scored seven runs off of Yovani Gallardo before, and it turns out that they have. Back on September 15, 2009. Some fun names in that box score.

Graphs for Game 139 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-139

Stats for Game 139:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Arrieta

6

5

0

1

2

4

0.69

.161

W Wright

1

1

0

0

1

1

0.15

.009

B Schlitter

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.11

.005

K Fujikawa

1

1

0

0

1

2

0.1

.002

Total

9

8

0

1

4

7

0.5

.178

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

W Castillo

4

1

1

0

1

0

1

0.54

.107

L Valbuena

4

2

2

0

1

0

1

0.72

.094

A Alcantara

4

1

1

1

2

0

2

0.39

.071

J Soler

3

1

1

0

1

1

1

0.65

.060

S Castro

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

1.16

.035

J Arrieta

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.3

.003

J Baez

4

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.3

.002

L Watkins

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.23

.000

R Lopez

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.02

.000

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.05

-.001

C Valaika

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.23

-.024

C Coghlan

5

0

2

0

0

0

2

0.33

-.025

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 (.161). I'm re-using the line for Jacob Turner from Monday's game, because I'm unoriginal like that: Really nice bounceback outing after his last start in Cincinnati.
  • Hero - Welington Castillo (.107). Someone needs to make sure he sends Elian Herrera a fruit basket.
  • Sidekick - Luis Valbuena (.094). Would have placed higher if not for the whiff in the second with runners on the corners.

THE THREE GOATS: Also known as the hard-luck or bad-beat club on Tuesday night.

  • Billy Goat - Chris Coghlan (-.025). Whiffs to lead off the game and ends up the Billy Goat for it.
  • Goat - Chris Valaika (-.024). Well, not really hard luck for him. His single in the eighth didn't even deflect the needle.  But then there's...
  • Kid - Matt Szczur (-.001). I feel your pain, man. A pinch-hit groundout in the sixth and it ends up podium-worthy.  That's like getting dealt pocket aces and losing to a flush on the river.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 139 (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

15

11

10

77

Starlin Castro

14.5

10

9

72.5

Luis Valbuena

13

10

8

67

Welington Castillo

9

7.5

4.5

46.5

y-Justin Ruggiano

6.5

9.5

3

41.5

Chris Coghlan

7

8

3

40

Jake Arrieta

9

4

1

36

Travis Wood

6

5

1

29

z-Jason Hammel

5

4

5

28

z-Nate Schierholtz

4

6

3

27

x-Ryan Sweeney

2

6

6.5

24.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

6

2

2

24

z-Emilio Bonifacio

1

9

1

22

x-Mike Olt

3

3

6

21

Arismendy Alcantara

3

4

2

19

Junior Lake

3

3

4

19

Brian Schlitter

1

4.5

7

19

z-Darwin Barney

3.5

2.5

1

16.5

x-Edwin Jackson

4

1

2

16

Pedro Strop

1

3

7

16

Kyle Hendricks

4

1.5

0.5

15.5

Hector Rondon

0

1

12.5

14.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

4

1

0

14

John Baker

1

4

3

14

Wesley Wright

0.5

4

3.5

13

Jorge Soler

4

0

0

12

Justin Grimm

0

3

6

12

Carlos Villanueva

0

3

5

11

y-Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

z-James Russell

0

2

6

10

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

6.5

7.5

Chris Valaika

2

0

0

6

Jacob Turner

1

1

0

5

Javier Baez

0

2

1

5

Zac Rosscup

0

2

0.5

4.5

Felix Doubront

1

0

0

3

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

0

3

x-Chris Rusin

1

0

0

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

1

3

Blake Parker

0

0

3

3

Logan Watkins

0

0

2

2

Kyuji Fujikawa

0

0

1.5

1.5

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Luis Valbuena

8

9.5

12.5

55.5

z-Nate Schierholtz

8

12

7

55

Starlin Castro

5

10.5

15

51

Welington Castillo

4

11.5

9

44

x-Edwin Jackson

12

3

1

43

Travis Wood

10

5

2

42

Junior Lake

6

6

8

38

Anthony Rizzo

2

11

8

36

Chris Coghlan

6

5

6

34

x-Mike Olt

5

3

6

27

y-Justin Ruggiano

2

7

6

26

Arismendy Alcantara

2

7

5

25

z-Emilio Bonifacio

1

9

4

25

Justin Grimm

7

0.5

2.5

24.5

Carlos Villanueva

6

1

4

24

z-Jason Hammel

7

1

0

23

Hector Rondon

6

2

1

23

z-James Russell

3

3

5

20

John Baker

4

1

5

19

x-Ryan Sweeney

3

3

3.5

18.5

Pedro Strop

3

4

1

18

Javier Baez

3

2

3

16

z-Jeff Samardzija

4

1

1

15

Jake Arrieta

4

0

3

15

z-Darwin Barney

0

6

3

15

Wesley Wright

3

1

3

14

Brian Schlitter

2

3

1

13

z-Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Kyle Hendricks

1

2

2

9

y-Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Blake Parker

1

1

2

7

Chris Valaika

0

3

1

7

Neil Ramirez

2

0

0

6

Tsuyoshi Wada

2

0

0

6

y-Eli Whiteside

1

0

3

6

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

1

4

Jacob Turner

1

0

0

3

Dan Straily

1

0

0

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

1

3

x-Chris Rusin

0

1

0

2

Logan Watkins

0

0

0.5

0.5

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

77

36

41

Starlin Castro

72.5

51

21.5

Jake Arrieta

36

15

21

y-Justin Ruggiano

41.5

26

15.5

Jorge Soler

12

0

12

Luis Valbuena

67

55.5

11.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Tsuyoshi Wada

14

6

8

Kyle Hendricks

15.5

9

6.5

Chris Coghlan

40

34

6

x-Ryan Sweeney

24.5

18.5

6

Brian Schlitter

19

13

6

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Zac Rosscup

4.5

0

4.5

Felix Doubront

3

0

3

Welington Castillo

46.5

44

2.5

Jacob Turner

5

3

2

z-Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

Neil Ramirez

7.5

6

1.5

Logan Watkins

2

0.5

1.5

Kyuji Fujikawa

1.5

0

1.5

y-Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

x-Chris Rusin

3

2

1

Matt Szczur

3

3

0

Wesley Wright

13

14

-1

Chris Valaika

6

7

-1

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

Pedro Strop

16

18

-2

z-Emilio Bonifacio

22

25

-3

Dan Straily

0

3

-3

Blake Parker

3

7

-4

John Baker

14

19

-5

x-Mike Olt

21

27

-6

Arismendy Alcantara

19

25

-6

y-Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

Hector Rondon

14.5

23

-8.5

z-Jose Veras

0

9

-9

z-James Russell

10

20

-10

Javier Baez

5

16

-11

Justin Grimm

12

24.5

-12.5

Travis Wood

29

42

-13

Carlos Villanueva

11

24

-13

Junior Lake

19

38

-19

x-Edwin Jackson

16

43

-27

z-Nate Schierholtz

27

55

-28

Arrieta nudges right up behind Starlin Castro on the plus/minus chart, and Castillo continues his rebound from negative territory.