Today Cubs start a weekend series with the Reds on a Friday at Wrigley so it’s a 1:20pm game. Let’s take a look at this Reds team.
CIN Team Status
Reds went 6-5 these last two weeks gaining a game. BAT tanked as much as PITCH has improved and their Unearned Runs above average at +11.2 is extremely good and has improved as well. Unfortunately for the Reds the NL Central is very good again this year so they’re stuck in last place in the division. In past years CIN has had decent hitting and terrible pitching.
CIN CHN 05_24_2:20_PM
The above game table shows the two lines according to Vegas and TC Sim. TC Sim is almost in complete agreement with Vegas so Expected Value, EV is 100 or less for each team making this game a complete discard. The L , S , and R columns show tier numbers for Lineups , Starters, and Relief. Every 2 tier numbers is one standard deviation from the mean.
The above shows the two starters and their tier numbers used in simulation. After starting slow Hendricks is back in the top 100 and climbing. WAR has him unranked at 0.7 and DeSclafini at 0.2 so not much difference according to that value system.
Tier Combo simulation pairs home/away lineups with starters, and lineup with relief. Tier numbers are subtracted between the two and made into an integer used in simulation. Another iteration of this simulation is coming soon but the results from a game like this shouldn’t be affected.
Above are current Reds starters. As a group they’re above average but simulation uses the tier number for whoever is starting that day. The Total for the group is for informational purposes. Totals for Relief staff as group however are used for each game as shown below.
Average relief staff league wide is 2.04 currently so CIN is a little over 1/2 standard deviation above average giving them a tier number of 1.10 as shown in the game table above. Since we’re still very early in the season rates like WinPct can be distorted. A > 0.600 win percentage will yield a higher tier number later in the season. This is true for each tier category.
CIN Lineup 5/24/2019
Since the game starts in 20 minutes we have a current lineup today. Looks like Joey Votto isn’t having a good year yet Derek Dietrich is. Baseball can be funny like that. Overall this lineup is under water and below average as a group, as one would expect from their poor BAT in team status.
Average lineups now are at +1.9 so this lineup is over 1/2 standard deviation below average giving them a Tier number of -1.34 as shown above in the game table. When facing Hendricks who is +1.35 that tier combo is -1.34 – (1.35) = -2.7 , rounded down to -3. TC simulation draws runs for CIN from the -3 category using historical data.
That is all for now. Simulation update soon as there will be another iteration to correct May anomalies and other problems. Until then ….