Cubs in top ten as of 9/13/2016

+001+ 8.84 Nolan_Arenado_COL 3B
+002+ 8.59 Kyle_Hendricks_CHN PITCH
+003+ 7.22 Madison_Bumgarner_SFN PITCH
+004+ 6.87 Kris_Bryant_CHN 3B-LF-RF
+005+ 6.85 Mookie_Betts_BOS RF
+006+ 6.78 Jon_Lester_CHN PITCH
+007+ 6.70 Edwin_Encarnacion_TOR DH-1B
+008+ 6.70 Noah_Syndergaard_NYN PITCH
+009+ 6.66 Clayton_Kershaw_LAN PITCH
+010+ 6.45 Josh_Donaldson_TOR 3B-DH

I have been doing this for three years now and have seen quite a few top tens in the
dataset that goes back to 1900. Rarely does a team field three players this late in the
season. The Cubs never have.

Here are Hendricks’ and Lester’s WAR

+036+ 4.6 Kyle_Hendricks_CHN PITCH
+050+ 4.2 Jon_Lester_CHN PITCH

No love for either of these pitchers with WAR. Even this guy ranks higher.

+011+ 6.0 Adam_Eaton_CHA RF-CF

Here is Arrieta this day in 2015

+001+ 11.19 Zack_Greinke_LAN PITCH
+002+ 9.70 Josh_Donaldson_TOR C
+003+ 9.11 Jake_Arrieta_CHN PITCH

The competition was a bit stiffer last year. Arrieta was a little better than Hendricks this time last season.

Here’s a year when the Yankees and Giants put three guys in the top ten.

+001+ 19.28 Lou_Gehrig_NYA 1B
+002+ 17.35 Babe_Ruth_NYA OF-RF-LF
+003+ 14.09 Lefty_Grove_OAK PITCH
+004+ 12.45 Earl_Averill_CLE CF-OF
+005+ 10.65 Bill_Walker_SFN PITCH
+006+ 10.39 Al_Simmons_OAK OF-LF
+007+ 9.45 Ben_Chapman_NYA OF-LF-RF-2B
+008+ 8.76 Chuck_Klein_PHI OF-LF-RF-CF
+009+ 8.76 Carl_Hubbell_SFN PITCH
+010+ 8.04 Mel_Ott_SFN OF-CF-RF

Ironically both teams finished second proving MLB doesn’t hand out WS trophies for most guys in top ten. It was the Cardinals (SLN) who beat the As (OAK) in the WS that year.

The above numbers are off the charts and will probably never be reached in modern day baseball.