Cubs status 9/13/2017

Another week, another Cubs status, and we’re getting close to October baseball.  Will the Cubs make it?  Here’s their current status line and the line from last week.

BAT PITCH Rs Ra W L UR LR TeamID
47.7 38.7 692 610 75 62 -7.6 3.1 CHN 9/5/2017
37.3 42.7 715 639 78 66 -6.5 2.5 CHN 9/13/2017

BAT down 10, PITCH up 4 and the Cubs went from +13 to +12 losing a game.  Here are top Cubs.

Rank WAA Name_TeamID Pos
+028+ 4.66 Anthony_Rizzo_CHN 1B-2B
+075+ 3.38 Jake_Arrieta_CHN PITCH
+095+ 2.92 Kyle_Hendricks_CHN PITCH
+101+ 2.69 Javier_Baez_CHN 2B-SS
+103+ 2.65 Willson_Contreras_CHN CR
+118+ 2.52 Wade_Davis_CHN PITCH
+135+ 2.27 Ian_Happ_CHN CF-2B-LF-RF
+136+ 2.23 Brian_Duensing_CHN PITCH
+155+ 2.02 Mike_Montgomery_CHN PITCH
+172+ 1.81 Kris_Bryant_CHN 3B
XXXXX 1.53 Pedro_Strop_CHN PITCH
XXXXX 1.39 Carl_Edwards_CHN PITCH

Ten guys in top 200.   I pulled a couple of random WAR numbers to see where they were with Cubs’ players.

Rank WAR Name_TeamID Pos
+017+ 5.5 Kris_Bryant_CHN 3B
+042+ 4.3 Anthony_Rizzo_CHN 1B-2B
XXXXX 1.9 Jake_Arrieta_CHN PITCH
XXXXX 1.6 Wade_Davis_CHN PITCH

Poor Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis get no love with WAR.  Arrieta had a rough start to the year but climbed out of it and has been pitching very well since All Star break.  Here’s a short rundown of his numbers since mid July.

Date WAA Name_TeamID Pos
2017-07-07 0.10 Jake_Arrieta_CHN PITCH
2017-07-20 0.44 Jake_Arrieta_CHN PITCH
2017-07-30 0.90 Jake_Arrieta_CHN PITCH
2017-08-07 1.43 Jake_Arrieta_CHN PITCH
2017-08-14 2.10 Jake_Arrieta_CHN PITCH
2017-08-22 2.56 Jake_Arrieta_CHN PITCH
2017-08-26 3.15 Jake_Arrieta_CHN PITCH
2017-09-03 3.67 Jake_Arrieta_CHN PITCH
2017-09-12 3.38 Jake_Arrieta_CHN PITCH

We have seen throughout the season in these reports how WAR has lagged behind current events.  Not sure why.  The above accurately reflects his contribution to the Cubs being +12 now compared to -2 at All Star break.  And finally we’ll finish with starters and relievers below.

Starters

Rank WAA Name_TeamID Pos
+075+ 3.38 Jake_Arrieta_CHN PITCH
+095+ 2.92 Kyle_Hendricks_CHN PITCH
XXXXX 0.76 Jose_Quintana_CHN PITCH
XXXXX 0.13 Jon_Lester_CHN PITCH
XXXXX -0.10 Jose_Quintana_CHA PITCH
XXXXX -0.94 John_Lackey_CHN PITCH
Total 6.15

Relievers

Rank WAA Name_TeamID Pos
+118+ 2.52 Wade_Davis_CHN PITCH
+136+ 2.23 Brian_Duensing_CHN PITCH
+155+ 2.02 Mike_Montgomery_CHN PITCH
XXXXX 1.66 Justin_Wilson_DET PITCH
XXXXX 1.53 Pedro_Strop_CHN PITCH
XXXXX 1.39 Carl_Edwards_CHN PITCH
XXXXX 0.40 Koji_Uehara_CHN PITCH
XXXXX -0.15 Hector_Rondon_CHN PITCH
XXXXX -0.59 Justin_Wilson_CHN PITCH
XXXXX -0.80 Felix_Pena_CHN PITCH
XXXXX -0.97 Rob_Zastryzny_CHN PITCH
XXXXX -1.03 Dillon_Maples_CHN PITCH
-199- -1.39 Justin_Grimm_CHN PITCH
Total 6.82

The relief staff has been struggling as of late and not sure if they’re top tier anymore.  In a couple of days we’ll do another playoff race analysis which will show how this staff ranks with other playoff contenders.  Even though there are many call ups in September they shouldn’t adversely affect the group total that much.  A new player entering the league starts with a WAA=0 and moves up or down from there.

No blast from the past today, maybe next week.  Until then….