Another week of baseball has passed and for the Cubs happy days are here again so we’ll do a weekly update. Cue the trumpets. Here are the status lines from last week and today.
BAT up over +18, PITCH up +8 and that translates into what really counts, their W-L is up +6. <anti jinx on> The Cubs have proven talent and they are finally showing it again this season. </anti jinx off>
Let’s look at their top players.
Still no guys in the top 100 and most everyone in the top 200 are relievers. Carl Edwards keeps putting zeros up on the scoreboard and that translates into him being the best player on the Cubs right now. Right now are the key words because there are a lot of players here that can easily be top 25 this season. Sometimes mid relief guys don’t get the glory like a closer. Mathematically a zero in the 7th or 8th counts just as much as one in the 9th. This table looks far better than the halftime edition of this report last week.
Blast from the Past 2015
Since the Cubs are showing life let’s look back at one of their successful teams on this day in 2015 for comparison.
The Cubs were +7 in the W/L columns today in 2015. Their BAT was bad and that team’s fortunes rested on pitching. The Cubs finish that year with 97 wins and still had to settle for the second wild card spot because the NL Central was so good.
Everyone in the NL Central was packed with pitchers that year. The Cubs were able to steamroll through these teams in the playoffs. As shown in the halftime edition post, the Cubs went +27 after ASG in 2015 and +24 last year. Most the guys responsible for that are still playing for the Cubs now. Here are the top Cubs this day in 2015.
Eerily Rizzo is almost the same value then as he is now. Arrieta moves into the top 25 and finishes the year with a Cy Young award for his trophy case but more importantly by helping the Cubs win in Pittsburgh to make it to the real playoffs, the NLDS. Schwarber starts his rise which is also key to the Cubs winning 97 games by the end of the season.
That is all for now. Normally this will be done every Friday now but since today is a day off and tomorrow starts another series there was no point in waiting because the data would be the same. Matchup analysis tomorrow with a little discovery about home field advantage.