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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Games 141-143

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Everything you wanted to know -- or didn't -- about the podium positions for the sweep at the hands of the Pirates.

Where have you gone, 2012 and 2013 Travis Wood?
Where have you gone, 2012 and 2013 Travis Wood?
Jeffrey Phelps

Well, that wasn't a 2-1 series win like I thought it would be.  I guess I should go back to my 1-2 default; it seems like it provides better results.

A quick recap of the Friday and Saturday (or Saturday and Saturday, to be more correct) games:

Game 141 (Friday  / Saturday - Pirates 5, Cubs 3, 11 innings):
Superhero -
Chris Valaika (.395). The 3-for-5 day was good on its own, and then that was compounded by the stolen base and the errors.
Billy Goat - Wesley Wright (-.429). Pretty much a no-brainer.

Game 142 (Saturday - Pirates 5, Cubs 0):
Superhero -
Ryan Kalish (.017). Yup, it was one of those games again.
Billy Goat - Arismendy Alcantara (-.111). His fifth straight appearance on the Goat podium, and he wasn't done yet.

And as for Sunday:

Graphs for Game 143 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-143

Stats for Game 143:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

E Jokisch

4.1

6

0

1

0

4

0.08

.008

K Fujikawa

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.01

.001

B Parker

2

3

1

2

0

1

0.03

-.009

T Wood

1.2

9

3

7

1

1

0.57

-.408

Total

9

19

4

10

1

8

0.23

-.408

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

M Olt

3

1

3

0

1

1

0

0.17

.030

M Szczur

1

0

1

0

2

1

0

0.17

.015

W Castillo

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.13

.003

R Kalish

3

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.16

.001

J Lake

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.08

-.002

R Lopez

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.15

-.004

E Jokisch

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.31

-.012

L Watkins

3

1

0

0

0

0

1

0.28

-.017

C Coghlan

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0.28

-.021

J Baez

4

0

0

0

0

1

3

0.34

-.025

A Alcantara

5

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.39

-.029

L Valbuena

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.27

-.029

Total

33

4

10

0

3

3

12

0.26

-.092

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 - Mike Olt (.030). Believe it or not: That was his first three-hit game in his career.
  • Hero - Matt Szczur (.015). After two goat podiums with a total WPA of -.005, this seems like a fitting thing to happen.
  • Sidekick - Eric Jokisch (.008). Probably deserves a higher podium spot, but not much you can do when the game's already out of hand by the time you get in there.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Travis Wood (-.408). Ouch.
  • Goat / Kid #1 (tie) - Luis Valbuena (-.029). Even in a blowout, leaving runners in scoring position will tend to get you a podium spot.
  • Goat / Kid #2 (tie) - Arismendy Alcantara (-.029). See Valbuena, Luis.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 143 (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

11

8

69

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

Mike Olt

4

3

6

24

z-Emilio Bonifacio

1

9

1

22

Brian Schlitter

1

4.5

7.5

19.5

Arismendy Alcantara

3

4

2

19

Junior Lake

3

3

4

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

13

15

Tsuyoshi Wada

4

1

0

14

Jorge Soler

4

1

0

14

John Baker

1

4

3

14

Ryan Kalish

4

0

1

13

Wesley Wright

0.5

4

3.5

13

Justin Grimm

0

3

7

13

Chris Valaika

4

0

0

12

Carlos Villanueva

0

3

5

11

z-James Russell

0

2

6

10

Neil Ramirez

0

0.5

6.5

7.5

Jacob Turner

1

1

0

5

Javier Baez

0

2

1

5

Matt Szczur

0

2

1

5

Zac Rosscup

0

2

0.5

4.5

Kyuji Fujikawa

0

1

1.5

3.5

Felix Doubront

1

0

0

3

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

0

3

x-Chris Rusin

1

0

0

3

Blake Parker

0

0

3

3

Logan Watkins

0

0

3

3

Eric Jokisch

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Luis Valbuena

8

10

13

57

z-Nate Schierholtz

8

12

7

55

Starlin Castro

5

10.5

15

51

Travis Wood

11

5

2

45

Welington Castillo

4

11.5

9

44

x-Edwin Jackson

12

3

1

43

Junior Lake

6

6.5

8.5

39.5

Anthony Rizzo

2

11

8

36

Chris Coghlan

6

5

6

34

Arismendy Alcantara

4

7.5

5.5

32.5

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

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

Javier Baez

3

2.5

3.5

17.5

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

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

Jorge Soler

0

0

1

1

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

1

13

Luis Valbuena

69

57

12

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Tsuyoshi Wada

14

6

8

Brian Schlitter

19.5

13

6.5

Chris Coghlan

40

34

6

y-Ryan Sweeney

24.5

18.5

6

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Chris Valaika

12

7

5

Kyle Hendricks

15.5

11

4.5

Zac Rosscup

4.5

0

4.5

Ryan Kalish

13

9

4

Kyuji Fujikawa

3.5

0

3.5

Felix Doubront

3

0

3

Welington Castillo

46.5

44

2.5

Logan Watkins

3

0.5

2.5

Jacob Turner

5

3

2

z-Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

Neil Ramirez

7.5

6

1.5

Matt Szczur

5

4

1

x-Chris Rusin

3

2

1

Eric Jokisch

1

0

1

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

Pedro Strop

16

18

-2

Mike Olt

24

27

-3

z-Emilio Bonifacio

22

25

-3

Dan Straily

0

3

-3

Wesley Wright

13

17

-4

Blake Parker

3

7

-4

y-Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

John Baker

14

21

-7

Hector Rondon

15

23

-8

z-Jose Veras

0

9

-9

z-James Russell

10

20

-10

Justin Grimm

13

24.5

-11.5

Javier Baez

5

17.5

-12.5

Carlos Villanueva

11

24

-13

Arismendy Alcantara

19

32.5

-13.5

Travis Wood

29

45

-16

Junior Lake

19

39.5

-20.5

x-Edwin Jackson

16

43

-27

z-Nate Schierholtz

27

55

-28

Not many changes at the top of the plus/minus chart, but the bottom definitely got a bit heavier after the weekend.