Cubs start a home series with the Pirates today after sweeping the Cardinals in a three game weekend series. Let’s look at this matchup.
Update from present time: It looks like baseball will play a 60 game/2 month season. More on this later.
First let’s look at the standings in the NL East.
Pittsburgh still in the basement of NL East even though they have pretty decent pitching based upon PITCH in team status. Cubs are bunched with Phillies and Mets at the top of this division. Cubs have great hitting based on BAT but somewhat below average pitching.
Cubs are heavy favorites in this at almost 66% or 2/3. At Tier 1.64 Cubs are fielding a much weaker lineup than we saw last series with the Cardinals. PIT has a better starter and better relief but a very weak lineup which would concur with negative BAT in team status above.
Pirates have a better starter pitching today. Starters face lineups however in simulation. Let’s see what happens.
Cubs weaker lineup couldn’t score a single run and Pittsburgh wins. Here are the lineups for today.
PIT Lineup 198406250
CHN Lineup 198406250
Main guy missing from Cubs lineup today is Leon Durham. Sandberg went from being ranked #59 at the start of the last series with St. Louis to being ranked #28 at the start of today. That Cardinals series was infamous for Ryne Sandberg propelling him into the national spotlight.
A lineup however consists of 9 players and the above shows why Cubs were considered tier 1.64 instead of their usual close to tier 4. A tier of 4 is two standard deviations above league average for that day.
Next we’ll look at the set of starters for each tema for this series.
PIT START Roster 19840625
This is a very good starting rotation which concurs with their very good PITCH in team status.
CHN START Roster 19840625
Since we’re from the future we know starting pitching gets better for the Cubs. Right now pitching has dragged down Cubs top tier hitting even though they couldn’t score a run in today’s game. Tomorrow is another day.
Cubs status coming soon as well as our 1984 All Star Picks and how we’ll deal with this 60 game 2020 season. Until then ….