Cubs start a four game series with the Braves today. Let’s look at this Atlanta team the Cubs face.
ATL Team Status
In the last 4 weeks ATL went 16-8 gaining 8 games to make them +14 for the season so far. Based upon the above BAT improved a lot and PITCH improved somewhat. Unearned Runs above average (UR) took a steep hit yet that didn’t prevent Atlanta from going on a tremendous run putting them first in the NL East. It will be interesting to see how many runs they give to the Cubs this week.
ATL CHN 06_24_8:05_PM
Vegas has the Cubs favored, TC Sim has ATL favored today. The L, S, and R columns as well as real team WAA (first column), the only stat in baseball that counts, all favor ATL. Lineups are from yesterday for both teams. The Cubs usually field a +2 tier number lineup and Lester below took a big hit his last game. This would narrow the difference somewhat but nowhere near where Vegas has this game right now.
This model can only count past results and Lester has had his ups and downs this season. Lester has a better career but Teheran has pitched better this season so far. WAR has Teheran ranked #87, top 100, and Lester unranked.
The above is ATL’s starting rotation which isn’t bad. Soroka pitched yesterday based upon their lineup yesterday so the Cubs probably won’t face him this series.
Relief staff not the greatest but above average with a tier number of 0.86, almost 1/2 standard deviation above current league average for relief.
ATL Lineup 06232019
This is a maxed out +3 tier number lineup. Actually it’s 2 complete standard deviations above current league average lineup of +2.75 which would give it a +4 tier number. This will be implemented in the next simulation iteration. Bottom line: This is an extremely powerful lineup and possibly/likely best in MLB right now.
The lineup they field today probably will be somewhat lower than above because managers like to rest players. There are a few differences in WAR with the above, some higher, some lower, but based upon cumulative ranking score, WAR would rate this lineup like this data model.
That is all for now. We’re getting close to All Star picks as well as another Cubs status and perhaps another Playoff Horse Race update. Until then ….