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Promising Signs of Spring?
Posted 07 March 2012 - 08:45 AM
With that said, and while uttering many disclaimers to myself, I can't help feeling better about THIS Cubs team, than I have in several years. Why?!, you ask... (and I ask myself that, as well)... Maybe I am reading more into it than I should, and it is WAY early in a meaningless spring training camp, but here are some stats that I found heartening.
Team Fielding... Last year, as you know, errors absolutely KILLED... so far this year (and I found this VERY surprising), the Cubs, even with all of the new and young faces on the field, have committed just ONE error! Sure, that's after just 3 games, but last year, it was seemingly rare if the Cubs committed just one error in a single game, probably 5 in three games. (well, it SEEMED that way) So, I feel encouraged by this number... maybe with the concentration on fundamentals and the new attitude, they have turned a corner? Another stat... Fielding PCT... Cubs find themselves ranked 3rd in baseball.
Team Batting... I found a lot of these stats surprising. Cubs rank 1st in the league in batting average... slugging... and on base pct + slugging... and 2nd in on base pct. SWEET! A few other categories they are doing well in are RBIs (4th), HRs (8th) and Hits (9th). Sure, those numbers don't jump out at you, but keep in mind that is only after three games, where as most other teams have played more games (some as many as SIX games, giving them many more opportunites to and to their stats).
Team Pitching... So much for positive signs... Not much promise here, at least based upon the stats, as the Cubs rank 29th in ERA (UHG!) and are in the middle for walks, with fewer games. (I guess looking at pitching is a great way to prevent getting TOO excited!)
Sooo... If you have trudged through this ramble and are still reading (I DO hear crickets out there)... Should I be feeling a tad more optimistic with the results we've seen thus far in Spring Training, or am I just goofin' on 'shrooms?
Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:41 AM
That said, I'm always very leery about taking away too many positives or negatives from Spring Training. Too many crappy players on the other team, too many un-ready players on your own. Skews everything in unpredictable, and unreplicable, ways.
Posted 07 March 2012 - 04:49 PM
But Go Cubs Go, nice to see things going in a long term successful direction.
Posted 07 March 2012 - 07:35 PM
So, you're saying the goal is to either be dogshit or awesome in Spring Training? (Russell was brilliant as a reliever.)
You are looking way too closely at stats. Spring is more about preparation, learning, and preparing. Matt Garza was terrible for most of the spring last year and James Russell was lights out for most of it. How did that work out last year?
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