It’s been an exciting start to 2016 for the Cubs. From a performance standpoint, you couldn’t ask for anything more from this squad. It’s been raining runs for Chicago hitters, and Cubs’ pitchers have put opposing lineups into a drought time and again. This team is straight up gellin’.
Now, lets look at how the Cubs stack up against the rest of the pack:
In terms of wins and losses, Chicago is one of 3 teams with 14 wins, the others being the Washington Nationals and the crosstown rival White Sox. At the moment, we’ve got a 3.5 game cushion in the division over Pittsburgh, whom we still haven’t seen yet, and won’t until after a 3 game set with Milwaukee and another with Atlanta.
Statistically speaking, the Cubs find themselves among familiar company in quite a few important categories. Here are a few to note:
- Nationals: 2.24
- White Sox: 2.41
- Cubs: 2.56
Cub’s pitchers have been phenomenal thus far. From the starters to the bullpen, these guys have done a hell of a job getting key outs and stranding runners. Among the starters, Hammel and Arrieta lead the way with respective ERAs of .75 and .87. Out of the pen, Adam Warren has yet to allow a run and Pedro Strop has been solid with a 1.23 over 7.1 in 8 games.
- Cubs: .202
- Nationals: .206
- White Sox: .214
Obviously Jake’s no-no helps us out in this category, but the staff as a whole has been really impressive.
Team Quality Starts:
- Cubs: 16
- White Sox: 15
- Rangers: 14
Maybe my favorite stat. It’s a reflection of the depth we’ve gotten from all the starters. Only once has a starter gone less than 6, and as the previous categories would suggest, not a lot of runs have crossed.
- Pirates: .378
- Cubs: .357
- Cardinals: .355
There’s been a ton of talk about the patience Cubs hitters have demonstrated thus far. The way this lineup has forced opposing starters to work high into their pitch count early in games has really contributed to the lopsided games we’ve seen. Bottom line: the Cubs get more at bats against relievers than the teams they play, which is big.
Team Runs Scored:
- Cubs 119
- Cardinals 118
- Diamondbacks: 109
With the 3rd lowest team ERA in all of baseball, and the most runs scored in all of baseball, things must be going pretty well. Nuff said.
- (2 tied @ 112) Cubs, Cardinals
- Arizona: 103
Of those 112, Anthony Rizzo has 21 RBI, good for 2nd in the bigs behind Bryce Harper. Bryant has 15, Fowler 13, and Heyward 12.
pretty good. pretty, pretty good.