MLB 2016

From rags to riches

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It was really a “Cubstock”. Millions of  fans turned out in downtown Chicago to celebrate their idols. After years of waiting and suffering…yes it was worth it!

Cubstock is over (I have a feeling that Cubs fans will celebrate the 2016 Fall Classic for years…), so…where did this epic ring come from? This season Cubs reached 103 wins (2016 MLB record), this was an unforgettable season although we could explain their wins taking a period of time that starts from its rebuilding process. From 2012 Cubs performances show a solid trend that begins obviously from the year Theo Epstein came to the Windy City as president of baseball operations (All STATS provided as usual from Fangraphs).

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Looking at some hitting and pitching key metrics, the trend is clear (just the BB% raised this year to 8.3 from 6.8 in 2015):

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finally, defense. Now the trend is not stable due to the 2014 season but anyway they reached the 115,5 peak from the 25,6 of the 2011 season.

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The Cubs defense in 2016 was stellar. Compare their gloves to other excellent teams defense.

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Blue Jays vs Indians: a season comparison

Blue Jays and Indians are starting to battle for the AL pennant. Here is a simple comparison on how they played in the regular season (lineup and bullpen).

The first chart shows the two teams at the plate. They were similar in 2016 and they have even the same wRC+ (102).

The second (defense and baserunning)  and third (bullpen) chart show the biggest differences (by the way where the Indians played better).

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Going back to Fenway

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The Postseason 2016 get into full swing. Cleveland take 2-0 leads over Boston in ALDS. Francona will go back in his former Ballpark for the first time in the Postseason. Facing one of his best friends, John Farrell…“Whether it’s on the field or off, he’s one of my best friends in life and that never changes” he said.

THE FINAL REPORTS ON THE 2016 REGULAR SEASON:

DOWNLOAD THE MLB 2016 REPORT 6
DOWNLOAD THE MLB 2016 FINAL 14 DAYS REPORT 3