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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 144

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The staff at Heroes and Goats would like to apologize in advance for possibly the most motley bunch to appear on the Hero podium this season.

Monday night in a nutshell.
Monday night in a nutshell.
Tom Szczerbowski

But before we get to that... am I the only one who feels like the graph for this game looks way too familiar lately?

Graphs for Game 144 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game-144

Stats for Game 144:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

Z Rosscup

0.1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.000

D Straily

1.2

5

0

3

0

2

0.03

-.008

J Turner

6

7

1

4

1

2

0.85

-.159

Total

8

12

1

7

1

5

0.59

-.167

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Soler

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.74

.004

C Valaika

3

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.2

-.016

M Olt

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.31

-.023

L Watkins

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.34

-.026

L Valbuena

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.34

-.027

A Alcantara

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.51

-.041

J Baez

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.42

-.042

C Coghlan

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0.6

-.062

W Castillo

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.79

-.100

Total

29

0

3

0

0

0

8

0.47

-.333

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: Seriously, this is a really bad podium. Possibly the worst of the season.

  • Superhero - Jorge Soler (.004). Well, his presence makes it a bit better. But now it's time to start laughing. Or crying. Or something.
  • Hero - Zac Rosscup (.000). Yep, the strikeout to bring his ERA down to 13.00 was good enough to take the second spot on the podium Monday night. But wait... it gets worse.
  • Sidekick - Dan Straily (-.008). Okay, let this sink in for a second. In case you missed his line from the game: 1⅔ innings pitched, five hits, three runs. And that, my friends, was the third-best WPA score of the night. Then, think about this: Had Rosscup not come in to rescue Straily (or whatever you'd like to call it), Straily would have been second and Chris Valaika would have been third at -.016. You came that close to the double-negative hero podium. It's almost like trying to spot a unicorn in the wild.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jacob Turner (-.159). The game seemed manageable until that three-run bomb he gave up to Jose Bautista.
  • Goat - Welington Castillo (-.100). The double play in the second did him in.
  • Kid - Chris Coghlan (-.062). On a night where no one is doing anything, the leadoff hitter will usually take the fall.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 144 (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

Jorge Soler

5

1

0

17

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

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

Zac Rosscup

0

3

0.5

6.5

Jacob Turner

1

1

0

5

Javier Baez

0

2

1

5

Matt Szczur

0

2

1

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

Dan Straily

0

0

1

1

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

Welington Castillo

4

12.5

9

46

Travis Wood

11

5

2

45

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

7

35

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

Jacob Turner

2

0

0

6

y-Eli Whiteside

1

0

3

6

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

1

4

Matt Szczur

0

1

2

4

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

Jorge Soler

17

1

16

y-Justin Ruggiano

41.5

26

15.5

Luis Valbuena

69

57

12

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Tsuyoshi Wada

14

6

8

Brian Schlitter

19.5

13

6.5

Zac Rosscup

6.5

0

6.5

y-Ryan Sweeney

24.5

18.5

6

Chris Coghlan

40

35

5

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Chris Valaika

12

7

5

Kyle Hendricks

15.5

11

4.5

Ryan Kalish

13

9

4

Kyuji Fujikawa

3.5

0

3.5

Felix Doubront

3

0

3

Logan Watkins

3

0.5

2.5

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

Welington Castillo

46.5

46

0.5

Jacob Turner

5

6

-1

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

Pedro Strop

16

18

-2

Dan Straily

1

3

-2

Mike Olt

24

27

-3

z-Emilio Bonifacio

22

25

-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

Soler moves up to fourth on the plus/minus chart while looking at the other two guys on the podium, wondering exactly what they were doing there.