Reconstituted Record

This is a fairly stat-heavy post, so please feel free to ignore it if that’s not your bag. If you don’t want to learn about stats, but still want to learn, this is a really cool site. This defies description. I trust that most people have realized at this point that a team’s W-L record doesn’t tell […]

Should the NL adopt the DH rule?

Starting this season, the NL and the AL are going to play interleague games in a fashion quite unlike before; namely, year-round interleague play. With this new development (making it very unfeasible to call up a Quad A guy to be your DH for the 2 weeks you play at AL stadiums), the calls for the […]

Fixing the 2013 Cubs

In my last post, I detailed the 10 places (what a high number!) that the Cubs could stand to upgrade by merely getting an average player. Those 10 places were: 1. Centerfielder2. Third baseman3. Ace Pitcher4. Rightfielder5. Ace reliever (closer)6. #2 pitcher7. #3 pitcher8. Fireman reliever9. Utility infielder10. Utility outfielderWhat have the Cubs done to fix […]

Anatomy of the 2012 Cubs

C     2.0 [1.2]1B   2.0 [1.8]2B   2.5 [2.5]SS   2.5 [3.3]3B   2.8 [0.9]RF   2.7 [1.7]CF   3.0 [1.0]LF   2.5 [4.0]C2 [0.5] [0.5]O4 [0.5] [0.6]O5 [0.5] [-2.1]I5   [0.5] [0.7]I6   [0.5] [0.0]Position: 22.5 [16.0] SP   4.5 [3.3]SP   2.7 [2.1]SP   2.0 [1.4]SP   1.3 [1.2]SP   0.6 […]

Anatomy of an Average Team

In FanGraphs, a “replacement-level” team would win 43 games. That is to say, a team that is only comprised of AAA fodder, talent freely available to any team, would expect to win that amount. I wondered, then, how a team could take that and be average. I looked at the FanGraphs leaders at each position […]

Where Will the Cubs’ Wins Come From?

Let’s take a closer look at the Cubs in 2012. I’m going to include the projected starters for 2012 (if they are still on the team) in green, and the players no longer expected to make the opening 25 in red. Bench players are in blue.CCastillo 1.2Soto 0.5Recker 0.2Hill -0.1Lalli -0.4Clevenger -0.7 1B Rizzo 1.8LaHair 0.7 […]

Where Did the Cubs’ Wins Come From?

Last year, the Cubs won 61 games and lost 101. That poor performance was “good” enough to grab us the 2nd pick in the draft next year; however, I’m not keen on a repeat performance next year. One way to diagnose where are problems were last year is to go by position and see where […]

How much value does Alfonso Soriano have?

News broke yesterday that the Cubs talked about swapping Alfonso Soriano for Domonic Brown. At first blush, it seems like a steal for the Cubs. After digging into the numbers, now I’m not so sure… First, I’d like to try to determine Fonzie’s worth. He had an OPS+ of 121 last year, following years of 114 and […]

Who Plays for the Cubs?

Let’s take a look at the current 40-man roster: Pitchers (21)Scott BakerJeff BeliveauMichael BowdenAlberto CabreraShawn CampLendy CastilloGerardo ConcepcionRafael DolisScott FeldmanKyuji FujikawaMatt GarzaCarlos MarmolTrey McNuttBrooks RaleyHector RondonChris RusinJames RussellJeff SamardzijaArodys VizcainoRob WhitenackTravis Wood Catchers (3)Welington CastilloDioner NavarroSteve Clevenger Infielders (8)Darwin BarneyStarlin CastroJunior LakeAnthony RizzoLuis ValbuenaChristian VillanuevaJosh VittersLogan Watkins Outfielders (7)Tony CampanaDavid DeJesusBrett JacksonDave SappeltNate ScheirholtzJorge SolerAlfonso […]