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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 140

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With one swing of the bat, Chris Valaika takes the top of the Hero podium in the Cubs' sweep of the Brewers.

Hey, Logan! I might be at the top of the podium again!
Hey, Logan! I might be at the top of the podium again!
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And once again, the guys on the Goat podium all have the look of the Monopoly Man on the "Pay Poor Tax of $15" card.

Graphs for Game 140 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-140

Stats for Game 140:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Grimm

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

2.21

.057

N Ramirez

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.36

.027

K Hendricks

5.2

9

0

2

0

0

0.87

.026

P Strop

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.4

.022

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.26

.014

Total

9

10

0

2

0

4

0.75

.145

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

C Valaika

3

1

2

1

2

1

1

0.33

.218

J Soler

4

1

1

0

2

0

1

0.76

.059

L Watkins

4

1

2

0

1

0

1

0.27

.048

W Castillo

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0.45

.029

C Coghlan

5

1

2

0

0

0

1

0.51

.028

L Valbuena

4

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.68

.021

J Baez

3

0

1

0

0

1

0

0.56

.011

R Kalish

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.06

-.001

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.15

-.004

K Hendricks

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.36

-.018

A Alcantara

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.34

-.034

Total

35

6

11

1

6

2

9

0.46

.355

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 - Chris Valaika (.218). The WPA for his homer in the second: .218. For everything else he did Wednesday night: Zero.
  • Hero - Jorge Soler (.059). It was a tough adjustment for him to not be on the top step. He looked a bit sad.
  • Sidekick - Justin Grimm (.057). Inherited a bases-loaded jam and got out of it unscathed.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Arismendy Alcantara (-.034). Well, he actually isn't a surprise, especially since he was the only starter to not get a hit.
  • Goat - Kyle Hendricks, the hitter (-.018). Probably 24 times out of 25, a performance such as this from a pitcher wouldn't make the podium. This was Number 25.
  • Kid - Matt Szczur (-.004). The guy cannot buy a break. At all. The second straight night that he comes in as a pinch-hitter, grounds out, and ends up making the podium for it.  Maybe he should let someone else pinch-hit before he does. But that would probably still backfire somehow.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 140 (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

y-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

Jorge Soler

4

1

0

14

John Baker

1

4

3

14

Wesley Wright

0.5

4

3.5

13

Justin Grimm

0

3

7

13

Carlos Villanueva

0

3

5

11

Ryan Kalish

3

0

1

10

z-James Russell

0

2

6

10

Chris Valaika

3

0

0

9

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

6.5

7.5

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

Arismendy Alcantara

3

7

5

28

x-Mike Olt

5

3

6

27

y-Justin Ruggiano

2

7

6

26

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

y-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

Kyle Hendricks

1

3

2

11

z-Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

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

Matt Szczur

0

1

2

4

Jacob Turner

1

0

0

3

Dan Straily

1

0

0

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

14

0

14

Luis Valbuena

67

55.5

11.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Tsuyoshi Wada

14

6

8

Chris Coghlan

40

34

6

y-Ryan Sweeney

24.5

18.5

6

Brian Schlitter

19

13

6

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Kyle Hendricks

15.5

11

4.5

Zac Rosscup

4.5

0

4.5

Felix Doubront

3

0

3

Welington Castillo

46.5

44

2.5

Chris Valaika

9

7

2

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

Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

x-Chris Rusin

3

2

1

Wesley Wright

13

14

-1

Matt Szczur

3

4

-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

y-Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

Hector Rondon

14.5

23

-8.5

Arismendy Alcantara

19

28

-9

z-Jose Veras

0

9

-9

z-James Russell

10

20

-10

Javier Baez

5

16

-11

Justin Grimm

13

24.5

-11.5

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

Valaika picks up his third Superhero award of the season, while Soler continues his climb up the plus/minus chart.