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The central division is still fairly tight at the end of July.
The Cubs are 2.5 games ahead of the Brewers.
Unlike the other months, the Cubs won 2 games for every
1 game lost in July. In this post, I'm just going to ignore the Pirates and Reds.
Pirates are technically still in the race, but I don't believe they can pull out of the hole.|
Today`s Season standings:
Team W L pct GB CHC 56 48 .538 - MIL 55 52 .514 2.5 STL 52 53 .495 4.5
So the Cubs look like they have turned it around with a really strong month. What has changed?
The biggest improvement was starting pitching. The Cubs giving up 1st-inning-runs issue became nonexistent. (see older posts)
Contreras and Schwarber have made the right offensive adjustments at the plate.
Because of these facts, the July record shows a huge improvement:
July record: Team W L CHC 16 8 STL 14 14 MIL 12 13
Additionally, the Cubs and the Brewers are just out slugging the Cardinals.
In a previous posts, I also talked about runs and the lack of them for the Cubs. On July 22, I complied these number:
- The Cardinals total-to-year-runs: 438 - The Cubs total-to-year-runs: 447 - The Brewers total-to-year-runs: 475
Today on July 30th.
The Cardinals: 469 [+31 runs] The Cubs: 484 [+37 runs] The Brewers: 507 [+32 runs]So the Cubs have not only kept up, but scraped a few more that the only two teams. The numbers below illustrate how the Cardinals have struggled compared to the two teams in front of them.
Top players by Hits (>80) per team for season: Player Team Hits Rank Shaw MIL 105 1 Santana MIL 101 2 Bryant CHC 99 3 Arcia MIL 97 4 Rizzo CHC 96 5 Gyorko STL 91 Molina STL 91 Carpenter STL 88 Perez MIL 84 Thames MIL 82 Contreras CHC 82 Pham STL 82 Top players by Home Runs (>14) per team for season: Player Team HRs Rank Rizzo CHC 24 1 Shaw MIL 24 Thames MIL 24 Bryant CHC 20 2 Santana MIL 18 3 Schwarber CHC 17 4 Contreras CHC 16 5 Broxton MIL 14 Carpenter STL 14 DeJong STL 14 Fowler STL 14 Gyorko STL 14 Pham STL 14I will be at Wrigley Tuesday night as the Cubs Start August against a tough team, the D-backs.