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Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 132

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Despite the Cubs' 7-5 loss on Wednesday night, Jorge Soler made quite the impressive entrance in his first major-league game and earned the night's Superhero award for his efforts.

Fun Fact:  Jorge Soler is the first Cub player to wear number 68, per Baseball Reference.

Graphs for Game 132 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

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Stats for Game 132:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Grimm

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

0.12

.006

K Fujikawa

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.16

.005

Z Rosscup

0.1

1

1

1

0

0

0.33

-.064

C Villanueva

2.1

3

0

0

0

5

0.39

-.098

J Turner

3.2

7

0

3

2

1

1.26

-.334

Total

8

12

1

4

2

8

0.79

-.485

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Soler

4

1

2

1

2

0

1

1.57

.165

S Castro

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.93

.095

C Coghlan

4

1

2

0

0

1

1

0.96

.066

L Valbuena

3

1

1

1

1

1

1

1.56

.062

L Watkins

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.42

.021

A Alcantara

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.07

.002

J Turner

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.59

-.016

C Villanueva

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.14

-.016

M Szczur

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.93

-.044

C Valaika

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.09

-.055

J Baez

4

1

1

0

2

0

1

1.45

-.058

W Castillo

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

1.89

-.235

Total

34

5

11

2

5

2

13

1.28

-.015

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 - Jorge Soler (.165). The homer in his first at-bat was obviously huge. But the single in the eighth was what got him the top spot on the night.
  • Hero - Starlin Castro (.095). The butterfly effect of his 400-foot single in the eighth can be debated for hours, I'm sure. And no, I can't dock him a spot for not running until it was too late.
  • Sidekick - Chris Coghlan (.066). Nice 2-for-4 night. Unofficial bonus points for the walk to set up the matchup of Aroldis Chapman vs. Javier Baez.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Jacob Turner (-.334). The circus act by the infield in the fourth inning did him no favors, but he was in trouble most of the night even without their help.
  • Goat - Welington Castillo (-.235). Killed by the double play in the eighth. Whether or not the alternate reality of Castro scoring on Soler's single would have made a difference for his podium position... the world will never know.
  • Kid - Carlos Villanueva (-.098). Couldn't put out the fire in the fourth without more damage being done.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 132 (Changes in Bold, Notations Below):

x - Player not on 25-man 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

9.5

8.5

71

Luis Valbuena

12

10

6

62

Welington Castillo

9

5.5

4.5

42.5

x-Justin Ruggiano

6.5

9.5

3

41.5

Jake Arrieta

8

4

1

33

Chris Coghlan

7

5

2

33

z-Jason Hammel

5

4

5

28

Travis Wood

6

4

1

27

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

x-Junior Lake

3

3

4

19

x-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

Justin Grimm

0

3

6

12

Wesley Wright

0.5

3.5

3

11.5

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

5.5

6.5

Chris Valaika

2

0

0

6

Javier Baez

0

2

1

5

Zac Rosscup

0

2

0

4

Jorge Soler

1

0

0

3

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

0

3

x-Chris Rusin

1

0

0

3

Matt Szczur

0

1

1

3

x-Blake Parker

0

0

3

3

Jacob Turner

0

1

0

2

Kyuji Fujikawa

0

0

1

1

Logan Watkins

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

z-Nate Schierholtz

8

12

7

55

Luis Valbuena

8

8.5

11.5

52.5

Starlin Castro

5

10.5

14

50

x-Edwin Jackson

12

3

1

43

Travis Wood

10

5

2

42

Welington Castillo

3

10.5

9

39

x-Junior Lake

6

6

8

38

Anthony Rizzo

2

11

8

36

Chris Coghlan

5

5

6

31

x-Mike Olt

5

3

6

27

x-Justin Ruggiano

2

7

6

26

z-Emilio Bonifacio

1

9

4

25

Justin Grimm

7

0.5

2.5

24.5

z-Jason Hammel

7

1

0

23

Hector Rondon

6

2

1

23

Carlos Villanueva

5

1

4

21

Arismendy Alcantara

2

6

3

21

z-James Russell

3

3

5

20

x-Ryan Sweeney

3

3

3.5

18.5

Pedro Strop

3

3

1

16

John Baker

3

1

5

16

z-Jeff Samardzija

4

1

1

15

z-Darwin Barney

0

6

3

15

Wesley Wright

3

1

3

14

x-Brian Schlitter

2

3

1

13

Jake Arrieta

3

0

3

12

Javier Baez

2

2

2

12

z-Jose Veras

2

1

1

9

Kyle Hendricks

1

2

2

9

y-Ryan Kalish

1

2

2

9

Neil Ramirez

2

0

0

6

y-Eli Whiteside

1

0

3

6

x-Blake Parker

1

0

2

5

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

1

4

Jacob Turner

1

0

0

3

Tsuyoshi Wada

1

0

0

3

x-Dan Straily

1

0

0

3

Chris Valaika

0

1

0

2

Matt Szczur

0

1

0

2

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

71

50

21

Jake Arrieta

33

12

21

x-Justin Ruggiano

41.5

26

15.5

Tsuyoshi Wada

14

3

11

Luis Valbuena

62

52.5

9.5

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Kyle Hendricks

15.5

9

6.5

x-Ryan Sweeney

24.5

18.5

6

x-Brian Schlitter

19

13

6

z-Jason Hammel

28

23

5

Chris Valaika

6

2

4

Zac Rosscup

4

0

4

Welington Castillo

42.5

39

3.5

Jorge Soler

3

0

3

Chris Coghlan

33

31

2

z-Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

y-Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

x-Chris Rusin

3

2

1

Matt Szczur

3

2

1

Kyuji Fujikawa

1

0

1

Neil Ramirez

6.5

6

0.5

Logan Watkins

1

0.5

0.5

Pedro Strop

16

16

0

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

Jacob Turner

2

3

-1

Arismendy Alcantara

19

21

-2

John Baker

14

16

-2

x-Blake Parker

3

5

-2

Wesley Wright

11.5

14

-2.5

z-Emilio Bonifacio

22

25

-3

x-Dan Straily

0

3

-3

x-Mike Olt

21

27

-6

y-Eli Whiteside

0

6

-6

Javier Baez

5

12

-7

Hector Rondon

14.5

23

-8.5

z-Jose Veras

0

9

-9

Carlos Villanueva

11

21

-10

z-James Russell

10

20

-10

Justin Grimm

12

24.5

-12.5

Travis Wood

27

42

-15

x-Junior Lake

19

38

-19

x-Edwin Jackson

16

43

-27

z-Nate Schierholtz

27

55

-28

Soler makes his Heroes and Goats debut in style, while Turner sputters his way to the top of the Goat podium.

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