Padres are a bad team this year so let’s get this over with. The Cubs need to win today and the next two afterwards if they want to consider themselves as playoff caliber this season. Here’s what the Ouija board says (10am snapshot).
DATE 05_29 4:40_PM May_29_10:17 CHN SDN
LINEAWAY CHN [ 0.652 ] < 0.677 >
STARTAWAY 1.11(0.595) Kyle_Hendricks_CHN
LINEHOME SDN [ 0.362 ] < 0.351 >
STARTHOME -0.17(0.453) Jarred_Cosart_SDN
The Cubs are very heavy favorites today with their best starter on the mound. Here’s SDN team status line.
Everything is wrong with this team and at 19-33 their team WAA=-14. There are a lot of below average players on this team. Let’s look at lineups yesterday.
Cubs still fielding a fairly good lineup for a team with an average W-L record. Here is SDN yesterday.
Not bad considering what the BAT in their team status indicates. As the season progresses teams will make deals to improve which will cause the numbers in the team status lines to be worse than the actual team roster. Notice Plate Appearances (PA) totals for SDN are around 200 less than CHN already. SDN is working on improving and hopefully they show no improvement with the Cubs today. Let’s look at relief staff season totals.
CHN relief staff has flat lined (i.e. play average) but they’re still ranked #7 out of 30 MLB teams. SDN is below average as should be expected. Not much more to say about this series.