Did the Cubs Shift Gears Yesterday?
Yes. They won.
Of players with at least 80 Plate Appearances, Brett Jackson leads the Cubs in wRC+ (113). (h/t, mb21) He's also fifth on the current roster in batting WAR. For the season. He's played in 23 games.
According to Fangraphs, Darwin Barney has been worth 11.6 runs defensively. Which is still kind of lame compared to the leader on the team in that category: Alfonso Soriano (13.6).
By WAR, Alfonso Soriano is the most valuable player on this team.
This team sucks.
Was yesterday the biggest Cubs win of the season? I don't know, but it was definitely in the top 50.
Crane Kenney has a job, and I don't. I'm trying not to let that get to me.
The Cubs and the Brewers combined for 31 hits yesterday. By contrast, Brett Jackson has about half that many hits for the season, but his bat has still been more valuable than all but four other guys on the team.
Tom Ricketts still leads the league in balls given away to the kids of gullible fans.
The Cubs are only 3.5 games out of the 11th wild card spot.
Next year's slogan is "Because We Have To." Shit. Do we really?
If you go to Wrigley and buy a beer, take a moment to realize that with that money, you could have landed a free agent of greater value to the team than Joe Mather.
Dale Sveum reminds me a lot of the guy who shoved Steve Buscemi into a wood chipper.
Have a happy Friday, Cubs fans. The rest of you don't need me to tell you. Happiness just comes naturally for you. We have to work at it.