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It makes you wonder why the Cubs are only 69-46

Posted on: August 6, 2008 6:25 pm
 

Let's look at some things:

  • Cubs have scored the most runs in the NL, 2nd in baseball
  • 2nd in OPS in baseball, lead NL
  • Best BA in NL, 2nd best in baseball
  • Best OBP in baseball
  • Best starter's ERA in baseball
  • 2nd most wins by starter's in NL
  • 2nd fewest loses by starter's in NL
  • 2nd best starter's WHIP in NL
  • According to a recent Jerry Crasnick article, they have the 2nd best bullpen in baseball, best in NL
  • They have the 3rd best defensive efficency in baseball, best in NL

Any thoughts on how they don't have a better record, as really they should?

Category: MLB
Tags: Cubs
 
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Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2008 11:34 am
 

It makes you wonder why the Cubs are only 69-46

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Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2008 10:24 am
 

It makes you wonder why the Cubs are only 69-46

One thing to consider - instead of focusing on the performance of the bullpen, which has been up and down for a variety of reasons - focus instead on the performance with Soriano in and out of the lineup.  I don't have the spits in front of me, but they lost quite a few close games with Sori out.  Their enormous run differential has been generated largely with Soriano IN the lineup, which skews several of these statistics.

As to this being the Angel's year, I am far from convinced.  We are pointing out that the Cubs are only 2 games worse than their pythagorean... this, of course, with Soriano out for half the year and Rich Harden only with the team for 4 starts.  But while the Cubs are 2 worse, the Angels are 9 better than their pythagorean.  The Angels not as good as their record suggests, even considering their performance on the recent east coast swing. 




Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2008 7:56 am
 

It makes you wonder why the Cubs are only 69-46

i think a lot of people have a bad misunderstanding of bull pen statistics.  of course you still look at regular pitching statistics to gauge an individual player, such as, ERA, K, BAA, INN, WHIP, etc...   however, the stats of saves and holds have came onto the scene and dominated fans believes of quality.  there is really a laundry list of bull pen statistics that could be deemed more important to a club. lets start a list.

  • inherited runners scoring.  this is a HUGE bull pen stat, and one that the cubs do quite well on
  • lefty/righty splits.  again something that is HUGE based on today's strategies of match up.  (ie Scott Eyre still has a job)
  • a long list of intangibles including but not limited to;
          
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  • inning stress (the toughness of the situation itself)

you could really go on for days coming up with categories of major importance for a relief pitcher that do not include the save, the hold, or even the blown save.  however, most fans do not have a firm understanding of the game and its complications and therefore are forced to only believe the thing they hear or read.  ESPN is only going to list the Saves and holds and the ERA, they are reaching for a mainstream audience that doesnt understand or in some cases even want to understand the rest.  it is a lot more complicated than you think.  if we rated hitters on one stat then things would be different as well.  hell, dave kingman and his 440 HR might have made the HALL.




Since: Jun 23, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2008 2:12 am
 

It makes you wonder why the Cubs are only 69-46

That is what the bullpen is all about   saves and holds



Since: Jun 23, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2008 1:48 am
 

It makes you wonder why the Cubs are only 69-46

I am very superstitious, I am a Athlete. Comes with the teritory! Dont get me wrong i hope that ya'll can pull this year off. but the cards are not cused. Maby the curse of being one of the winningest teams in MLB History. Maby being cursed of one of the most winningest teams to win the big one!  a Pitcher might suck that day but a hold is a hold. It is a stat that is not tracked and should be. That is why middle releivers dont get into the HALL or get the love that they diserve, unless it is from there own teamates! That is why bullpens should be ranked on holds and saves vs save chances. because if the pitcher gives up a few runs and still holds then the closer should be able to do his job and shut it down for "one inning".   The closers these days have nothing on the closers of old. They went 3 innings not 1 !!



Since: Jun 23, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2008 1:30 am
 

It makes you wonder why the Cubs are only 69-46

with all the spraying the one thing that wont be sprayed, is the chapaign that will be on THE ANGELS!

 

 

 

 

GO CARDS




Since: Jun 23, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2008 1:20 am
 

It makes you wonder why the Cubs are only 69-46

They are a good team hands down! That is why it sucks, will just be another good cubs team that wont win the big one. Yes u are correct IT IS THE ANGELS YEAR! and i am not  a angel fan.  and it has to be fine with you because you have no choice. I am not trying to rude, I just trying help cubs fans deal with another disapointing year.

 

 




Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2008 1:12 am
 

It makes you wonder why the Cubs are only 69-46

Being and Cardinals fan and belive in curses...I sense some sort of correlation. And as I've stated earlier SV% (which is completely affected by BLSVs) doesn't thell the whole story. And Holds can be awarded even when the pitcher sucks that day (Neal Cotts August 3rd)...so again not trusting them completely.



Since: Jun 23, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2008 1:11 am
 

It makes you wonder why the Cubs are only 69-46

Its not unlucky! Unlucky is being a cub fan! Unlucky is seeing your probation officer late at night and having a curfew. THE CUBS ARE CURSED! the black cat, The goat, The bambino are all curses. this is the best year you have to make it happen and the curse is what it is!

i hope you can break it --BUT A ANGEL WILL COME DOWN AND RUIN THAT FOR YOU-- It is the angels year!

 

 

GO CARDS!




Since: Jun 23, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2008 1:11 am
 

It makes you wonder why the Cubs are only 69-46

Its not unlucky! Unlucky is being a cub fan! Unlucky is seeing your probation officer late at night and having a curfew. THE CUBS ARE CURSED! the black cat, The goat, The bambino are all curses. this is the best year you have to make it happen and the curse is what it is!

i hope you can break it --BUT A ANGEL WILL COME DOWN AND RUIN THAT FOR YOU-- It is the angels year!

 

 

GO CARDS!



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