Top Cubs 8/8/2016

It was 8/8/88 when the Cubs turned on
lights at Wrigley Field only to have a
giant thunderstorm roll through as the
Gods were angry that night. The last week
has been very very good for the Cubs.

BAT|PITCH|Rs|Ra|W|L|UR|LR|TeamID
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63.1 91.8 529 365 63 41 7.4 1.7 CHN One week ago
61.7 107.7 553 373 68 41 7.8 2.8 CHN Today

BAT almost exactly average, PITCH way up.
The Cubs went +5 in the last week on
PITCHing and BATs that didn’t suck.
UR is up again at +7.8 which is tied for
fifth in MLB surprisingly with NYA who has
Starlin Castro at SS. Cubs are also
up in lucky runs like when they scored
on those wild pitches. MLB counts lucky
runs equally with all other kind of runs.

Here are Cubs in top 200 as of today.

+004+ 5.69 Kyle_Hendricks_CHN PITCH
+010+ 5.19 Jake_Arrieta_CHN PITCH
+018+ 4.58 Kris_Bryant_CHN 3B-LF-RF
+019+ 4.47 Anthony_Rizzo_CHN 1B
+033+ 3.88 Jon_Lester_CHN PITCH
+058+ 3.07 Jason_Hammel_CHN PITCH
+086+ 2.50 Ben_Zobrist_CHN 2B-RF-LF
+090+ 2.42 Hector_Rondon_CHN PITCH
+142+ 1.83 Aroldis_Chapman_TOT PITCH
+155+ 1.74 Addison_Russell_CHN SS
+173+ 1.60 Travis_Wood_CHN PITCH
+180+ 1.55 John_Lackey_CHN PITCH
+188+ 1.49 Dexter_Fowler_CHN CF

Hendricks is #4 in MLB both batters and pitchers.
Let’s see who is in his neighborhood.

+001+ 6.76 Madison_Bumgarner_SFN PITCH
+002+ 6.55 Clayton_Kershaw_LAN PITCH
+003+ 6.07 Josh_Donaldson_TOR 3B-DH
+004+ 5.69 Kyle_Hendricks_CHN PITCH
+005+ 5.67 Mike_Trout_ANA CF

It will be a rough slog for Hendricks to
win a Cy Young with those two way above
him. For some reason AL pitchers really suck
this season which is unusual. AL’s highest
pitcher is #22 Michael Fulmer of DET.

Blast from the Past — 2015
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Let’s look at this day last year again.

BAT|PITCH|Rs|Ra|W|L|UR|LR|TeamID 08/08/2015
-25.0 43.2 430 413 61 48 -0.6 -0.7 CHN
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+020+ 4.64 Jake_Arrieta_CHN PITCH
+045+ 3.09 Kris_Bryant_CHN 3B
+062+ 2.67 Anthony_Rizzo_CHN 1B
+077+ 2.44 Hector_Rondon_CHN PITCH
+094+ 2.25 Kyle_Schwarber_CHN C
+116+ 1.99 Jon_Lester_CHN PITCH
+126+ 1.89 Jason_Hammel_CHN PITCH
+141+ 1.62 Justin_Grimm_CHN PITCH
+174+ 1.30 Pedro_Strop_CHN PITCH

The team starts to gel right now and Schwarber
is on a rocket ship ranked #94 this late in
the season with only 100 plate appearances.
CHN’s BAT is still under water but PITCH is good.
This year everything is better even with
Albert Pujols err Kyle Schwarber sitting this
season out.

And while we’re at it, here’s 2008

BAT|PITCH|Rs|Ra|W|L|UR|LR|TeamID 08/08/2008
82.8 52.1 618 474 70 46 5.5 3.7 CHN
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+016+ 4.93 Carlos_Zambrano_CHN PITCH
+023+ 4.49 Ryan_Dempster_CHN PITCH
+042+ 3.82 Alfonso_Soriano_CHN OF
+048+ 3.72 Mark_DeRosa_CHN SS
+053+ 3.67 Aramis_Ramirez_CHN 3B
+084+ 2.73 Derrek_Lee_CHN 1B
XXXXX 2.35 Jim_Edmonds_CHN CF
+110+ 2.27 Reed_Johnson_CHN OF
+155+ 1.76 Carlos_Marmol_CHN PITCH
+162+ 1.70 Mike_Fontenot_CHN 2B

Edmonds rank is XXXXX because he was traded
to the Cubs from SDN where he started the
season at -1.3. He was +2.35 for the Cubs.
Since we don’t hand out mulligans here he falls
out of top 200 adding the two together. He
played very very well for the Cubs after coming
over.

The Cubs that year were opposite of this
year in they had better BAT than PITCH back
on this day, the 20th anniversary of lights
being turned on at Wrigley Field angering
the Gods.

What were the Cubs doing on 8/8/88???

BAT|PITCH|Rs|Ra|W|L|UR|LR|TeamID 08/08/1988
-37.0 24.0 431 440 53 56 4.5 -0.4 CHN
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+037+ 3.61 Greg_Maddux_CHN PITCH
+110+ 1.72 Andre_Dawson_CHN X
+130+ 1.53 Al_Nipper_CHN PITCH
+132+ 1.53 Jamie_Moyer_CHN PITCH

This should provide some perspective on today’s
Cubs and how much they have improved.
Only 4 guys in top 200 back then.