Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 136

Russ La Croix
SB Nation

Guess who's at the top of the Hero podium. Again.

But before I get to that, I have to hand it to Zac Rosscup who, despite a 12.96 ERA and 2.280 WHIP, has somehow still not found the Goat podium. Apparently the role of mop-up pitcher does not suit him well. He's like the anti-Jose Veras.

Graphs for Game 136 (courtesy of Fangraphs):


Stats for Game 136:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

W Wright

1

1

0

0

0

1

0.21

.010

C Villanueva

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

.000

Z Rosscup

0

3

0

6

3

0

0.02

-.004

K Fujikawa

0

3

1

3

0

0

0.06

-.019

T Wada

6

5

1

3

3

3

1.1

-.206

Total

8

13

2

12

6

4

0.68

-.219

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

J Soler

4

0

1

0

1

0

1

0.95

.092

S Castro

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.87

.010

C Coghlan

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0.01

.000

L Watkins

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.29

-.007

A Alcantara

3

1

0

0

0

2

1

0.88

-.012

L Valbuena

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0.8

-.015

M Szczur

4

0

2

0

0

0

2

0.66

-.021

T Wada

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.12

-.056

J Baez

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

1.24

-.078

C Valaika

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.9

-.085

W Castillo

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.72

-.108

Total

34

2

7

0

2

2

8

0.85

-.281

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 (.092). That's four Superheroes to start his career in his first four games started. No, really. I'm not making that up.
  • Hero / Sidekick #1 (tie) - Wesley Wright (.010). Of course, he got helped out a bit by Randal Grichuk inexplicably trying to steal third, but hey, they all count the same on paper.
  • Hero / Sidekick #2 (tie) - Starlin Castro (.010). He gets the "Soler Wingman" award today.

THE THREE GOATS:

  • Billy Goat - Tsuyoshi Wada (-.206). Trouble in the first and fifth innings, four runs allowed... did someone check to see if Edwin Jackson somehow didn't morph into Wada's uniform?
  • Goat - Welington Castillo (-.108). His last five podium appearances have all been on the Goat side.
  • Kid - Chris Valaika (-.085). There was that single in the ninth though. You know, when the Cubs were down 13-1.

UPDATED RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 136 (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

10

9

72.5

Luis Valbuena

12

10

7

63

Welington Castillo

9

5.5

4.5

42.5

x-Justin Ruggiano

6.5

9.5

3

41.5

Chris Coghlan

7

8

2

39

Jake Arrieta

8

4

1

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

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

5.5

6.5

Chris Valaika

2

0

0

6

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

x-Blake Parker

0

0

3

3

Jacob Turner

0

1

0

2

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

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

Arismendy Alcantara

2

7

4

24

z-Jason Hammel

7

1

0

23

Hector Rondon

6

2

1

23

Carlos Villanueva

5

1

4

21

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

3

1

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

x-Brian Schlitter

2

3

1

13

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

Tsuyoshi Wada

2

0

0

6

y-Eli Whiteside

1

0

3

6

x-Blake Parker

1

0

2

5

Chris Valaika

0

2

1

5

x-Dallas Beeler

1

0

1

4

Jacob Turner

1

0

0

3

x-Dan Straily

1

0

0

3

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

72.5

51

21.5

Jake Arrieta

33

15

18

x-Justin Ruggiano

41.5

26

15.5

Jorge Soler

12

0

12

z-Jeff Samardzija

24

15

9

Chris Coghlan

39

31

8

Tsuyoshi Wada

14

6

8

Luis Valbuena

63

55.5

7.5

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

Zac Rosscup

4.5

0

4.5

Felix Doubront

3

0

3

z-Darwin Barney

16.5

15

1.5

Logan Watkins

2

0.5

1.5

Kyuji Fujikawa

1.5

0

1.5

y-Ryan Kalish

10

9

1

Chris Valaika

6

5

1

x-Chris Rusin

3

2

1

Matt Szczur

3

2

1

Neil Ramirez

6.5

6

0.5

Pedro Strop

16

16

0

Wesley Wright

13

14

-1

x-Dallas Beeler

3

4

-1

Jacob Turner

2

3

-1

Welington Castillo

42.5

44

-1.5

x-Blake Parker

3

5

-2

z-Emilio Bonifacio

22

25

-3

x-Dan Straily

0

3

-3

Arismendy Alcantara

19

24

-5

John Baker

14

19

-5

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

So who will be the first to break Soler's streak of Superhero awards? Does anyone dare to try?

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