Now I’m holding my breath as I say this, because we all have been burnt before, but I dare say that the Braves are going to the Postseason. AND without having to participate in the Wild Card Playoff Game (that ridiculousness warrants its own article later). The question now is when will they clinch.
I’m hopeful for the Milwaukee series for somewhat, okay maybe entirely, selfish reasons; I will be there.
I’d also like to say I have hope that the Braves will win every game making the clinch during the Washington series.
However, realistically, my best educated guess would be for the Cubs series. The Braves have won 75% of the time they played Washington, and they’ve done extremely well against the Cubs.
Mathematically, their numbers put them on the fence between winning two and sweeping the Nats series, but a little too close to two for comfort. And as far as the Cubs, the Braves have swept them in the sole series match-up but that was the first week of April, and might as well been an entirely different season. Continue reading
English: Chicago Cubs logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There are 17 games left in the Cubs season and no pitcher in the Chicago Cubs lineup has 10 wins. The top pitchers in the Cubs rotation thus far are, Travis Wood with a record of 9-11, Jeff Samardzija at 8-12, and Edwin Jackson who is 8-15. With only 17 games left in their season it makes me wonder, “Will a Cubs starting pitcher get double digit wins?” If you asked me that question in July, I would have said yes because aces like Travis Wood had 7 wins as of July 28th, Edwin Jackson had 7 wins as of July 31st, and Jeff Samardzija had 7 wins as of August 19th. You would assume with that many wins back in July, someone would have had 10 wins by now.
You can make the argument that wins and losses don’t necessarily show how good you are since you can’t win games without runs.
With the Cubs being ranked 22nd in runs with 565 and having the second worst batting average in the league just behind the Miami Marlins with .240, it’s not likely a Cubs pitcher will be sitting pretty in the wins column. Continue reading
English: Chicago Cubs shortstop prospect Starlin Castro. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Chicago Cubs were one of the worst fielding teams in the 2012 season. They finished with 105 errors, (12th worst in the league) and they finished twenty-second in fielding percentage. Now I’m not saying that was the reason for the Cubs 61-101 record, but it plays a big part. So how are the Cubs going to fix another error filled season? For starters, they need to move Starlin Castro to second base and Darwin Barney to shortstop. Barney has proven to be more than capable at this position, playing shortstop for Oregon State and the Iowa Cubs, and his defensive skills and ability have been verified by him being awarded a Gold Glove.
Last season Starlin Castro had 758 defensive chances with 27 errors, while Darwin Barney had 731 defensive chances, committing only 2 errors. and won a Gold Glove to back it up.
If Darwin Barney was playing shortstop last year, he would have had twenty-seven more defensive chances than when he played second.
Why is this statistic significant? With Starlin Castro at second he gets fewer balls hit to him and more balls hit to Barney. Continue reading