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Last Team Totals Update: 09-23    Dates reflect only changes to playing time, not PECOTA changes.

Record: 5-4
Runs Scored: 43
Runs Allowed: 36
AVG/OBP/SLG (TAv): .248/.325/.417 (.266)
Total WARP: 1.9 (0.7 pitching, 1.2 non-pitching, including 0.0 from pitchers)

Player projections represent rest-of-season only, not including games already played.

Position Players

Last Position Player Update: 08-11  Display By Fielding Position Display By Batting Order

Player Position Summary

Albert Almora: CF 42% (15 PA), PH 19% (3 PA)
Alex Avila: C 29% (10 PA), PH 13% (2 PA)
Javier Baez: SS 29% (11 PA), 3B 19% (7 PA), PH 25% (4 PA), 2B 5% (2 PA)
Kris Bryant: 3B 71% (29 PA), LF 10% (4 PA), 1B 5% (2 PA)
Victor Caratini: C 11% (4 PA)
Willson Contreras: C 58% (23 PA)
Ian Happ: 2B 25% (10 PA), PH 19% (3 PA)
Jason Heyward: RF 79% (31 PA), CF 11% (4 PA)
Jon Jay: CF 52% (21 PA), LF 10% (4 PA), RF 5% (2 PA), PH 13% (2 PA)
Tommy La Stella: 3B 10% (4 PA), PH 13% (2 PA), 1B 5% (2 PA)
Anthony Rizzo: 1B 90% (36 PA)
Addison Russell: SS 70% (25 PA)
Kyle Schwarber: LF 81% (32 PA)
Ben Zobrist: 2B 70% (28 PA), RF 15% (6 PA)

Pitchers

Last Pitcher Update: 09-18

Pos Name IP GS QS ERA WHIP BABIP H BB HR SO W L SV VORP WARP
Sta-1 Jon Lester 14 2 1 3.63 1.18 .294 12 4 2 14 2 2 0 1.4 0.2
Sta-2 Jake Arrieta 13 2 1 3.43 1.15 .292 12 5 1 13 2 1 0 1.7 0.2
Sta-3 Jose Quintana 6 1 1 3.60 1.18 .295 5 2 1 6 0 0 0 0.6 0.1
Sta-4 Kyle Hendricks 11 2 1 3.66 1.16 .293 11 3 1 10 1 1 0 1.1 0.1
Sta-5 John Lackey 6 1 1 4.05 1.21 .294 5 2 1 5 0 0 0 0.3 0.0
Spot Mike Montgomery 5 1 1 3.94 1.26 .295 5 2 0 4 0 0 0 0.3 0.0
Closer Wade Davis 3 0 0 2.69 1.16 .294 2 1 0 4 0 0 2 0.5 0.1
Setup Justin Wilson 2 0 0 3.42 1.20 .294 2 1 0 3 0 0 0 0.2 0.0
Setup Carl Edwards Jr 3 0 0 3.39 1.17 .291 2 1 0 3 0 0 0 0.2 0.0
Mid Koji Uehara 2 0 0 3.90 1.11 .294 2 1 0 3 0 0 0 0.1 0.0
Mid Brian Duensing 2 0 0 4.67 1.41 .295 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
Mid Pedro Strop 2 0 0 3.15 1.16 .294 2 1 0 3 0 0 0 0.3 0.0
Mid Hector Rondon 3 0 0 3.60 1.20 .294 2 1 0 3 0 0 0 0.2 0.0
Mid Felix Pena 2 0 0 4.30 1.37 .295 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
Mid Justin Grimm 3 0 0 3.65 1.33 .296 2 1 0 3 0 0 0 0.2 0.0
Mid Dillon Maples 1 0 0 4.92 1.65 .296 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
Mid Rob Zastryzny 1 0 0 4.62 1.43 .295 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
Long Jen-Ho Tseng 1 0 0 4.78 1.36 .295 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0

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OnTilt
(42149)

One of the best fielding teams ever suddenly goes to -6.8 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=FRAA" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('FRAA'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">FRAA</span></a>? This with probably more starts from Baez and Almora, who are both at least plus in the field?

I'm guessing the projected fielding value for Contreras is very bad given that .343 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=OBP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('OBP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">OBP</span></a> and .440 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=SLG" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('SLG'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">SLG</span></a> in 516 plate appearences for a catcher has to have a ton of value, as evident by his TAV higher than Zobrist. I mean, how does Montero have a higher <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=WARP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('WARP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">WARP</span></a> with poorer hitting in 1/4th the plate appearences? Contreras' fielding must be terrible, but given his positive value there last year and what we saw on the field last year, that's very hard to swallow.

Also, given they had significantly valuable fielders in RF, 1B and SS last year (not even including Baez), how negative are the fielding values for all the other positions (including Baez) to make this a below average fielding team?

Feb 07, 2017 06:39 AM
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OnTilt
(42149)

Well that was obnoxious with your site attempting to embed links. Here it without those keywords.

One of the best fielding teams ever suddenly goes to -6.8 FR-AA? This with probably more starts from Baez and Almora, who are both at least plus in the field?

I'm guessing the projected fielding value for Contreras is very bad given that .343 On Base and .440 Slugging in 516 plate appearences for a catcher has to have a ton of value, as evident by his TAV higher than Zobrist. I mean, how does Montero have a higher WA-RP with poorer hitting in 1/4th the plate appearences? Contreras' fielding must be terrible, but given his positive value there last year and what we saw on the field last year, that's very hard to swallow.

*I have since looked it up on his player card. Contreras with a -9 FR-AA? So he'll be one of the worst defensive catchers in the league? Your own metric had him at +3.6 last year in half the time. That doesn't pass the smell test.

*Regression for Russell and Baez as well in FR-AA?

Also, given they had significantly valuable fielders in RF, 1B and SS last year (not even including Baez), how negative are the fielding values for all the other positions (including Baez) to make this a below average fielding team?

Feb 07, 2017 07:03 AM
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BP staff member Rob McQuown
BP staff
(12136)

Hi there - thanks for the feedback!

I found a typo in the <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=FRAA" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('FRAA'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">FRAA</span></a> code for catchers, and Contreras wasn't using the most recent projections. Correcting for that added about 13 runs to his projected FRAA. re: his apparent decline - his minor-league values were pretty bad - see 2015 in Tennessee and 2016 in Iowa.

The rest of the Cubs have decent FRAA projections.

Feb 07, 2017 08:40 AM
 
OnTilt
(42149)

Thanks, glad I could help.

I understand that he had some poor fielding numbers in the minors and, even though his fielding seemed to be very good now that he's worked at it, it will take some time for that to flow through to a quantitative method like this since it needs to show up in the data.

When you said it added 13 runs to his FR-AA did you mean it went up from -21 to -8? Or is it going up from -8 to +5? His player card still shows -8 for his 2017 projection.

Feb 07, 2017 08:57 AM
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BP staff member Rob McQuown
BP staff
(12136)

-21 to -8. He's still projecting as being bad at framing, though that could change.

Feb 07, 2017 09:17 AM
 
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