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Post: Cubs WS win = better team?
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Sat-05-Nov-2016 Posted by Mike Cubs WS win = better team?
Yes, the Cubs won the World Series. But the question that has been weighing on me since September; did the Cubs become a better team from the year before? The Cubs did make it to the NL playoffs the year before, but failed to advance to the world series. How did each player compare to the regular season the year before? So here is my yearly look at the Cubs hitters.

The first player I will examine is the Sophomore 3rd baseman, Kris Bryant. Former Rookie of the year.

Player    Team     AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB   SO   AVG   OBP   SLG  OPS
--------- ------  ---  ---  ---  --  --  --  ---  --  ---  ----  ----  ---- ----
Bryant    CHC 16  603  121  176  35   3  39  102  75  154  .292  .385  .554 .939
Bryant    CHC 15  559   87  154  31   5  26   99  77  199  .275  .369  .488 .858

Kris` improvement is noticeable. Kris had 22 more hits, 4 more doubles, 13 more home runs, 3 more RBIs. Although he still lead the Cubs in Strike outs, he had 45 less in 2016. His batting average when up from .275 to 292. On base percentage when up also from .369 to .385. SLG and OPS also better. So it is pretty obvious Kris Bryant grew significantly as a player offensively.

How about Anthony Rizzo? We know last year he performed great, but how did he perform compared to 2015? The simple answer; simply better. Not a huge difference in performance, but better. Best thing I can write is the fact he has gotten better every year.

Player    Team     AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB   SO   AVG   OBP   SLG  OPS
--------- ------  ---  ---  ---  --  --  --  ---  --  ---  ----  ----  ---- ----
Rizzo     CHC 16  583   94  170  43   4  32  109  74  108  .292  .385  .544 .928
Rizzo     CHC 15  586   94  163  38   3  31  101  78  105  .278  .387  .512 .899
Rizzo     CHC 14  524   89  150  28   1  32   78  73  116  .286  .386  .527 .913
Rizzo     CHC 13  606 	71  141  40   2  23   80  76  127  .233  .323  .419 .742
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Rizzo had 7 more hits, five more doubles, and 1 more home run (32). His batting average went up also.

The third ranking player on the team was Ben Zorbrist. The difference between his first year with the Cubs and his last year with the Kansas City Royals is huge. His contributions to the Cubs both during the regular season and playoff often made the difference wether the Cubs won or lost. With 142 hits, He did not break 150 hits, but belted a healthy 18 home runs and had on base percentage that was a point higher than both Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo.

Player    Team     AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB   SO   AVG   OBP   SLG  OPS
--------- ------  ---  ---  ---  --  --  --  ---  --  ---  ----  ----  ---- ----
Zobrist   CHC 16  523   94  142  31   3  18   76  96   82  .272  .386  .446 .831
Zobrist   KCR 15  232   37   66  16   1   7   23   2   30  .284  .364  .453 .816

Next comes Fowler in rankings on the Cubs hitting. Minus a few at bats than last year due to some downtime for injury, he also had less hits, double, and home runs. Yet, his batting average, on base percentage, and slugging went up for 2016. What these stats don`t tell you is how important Dexter Folwer was for battling pitchers as a leadoff hitter making pitcher pitch 7-14 pitches almost every at bat. When pitchers expend that much energy, this helps the 2, 3, and 4 hitters considerably.

Player    Team     AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB   SO   AVG   OBP   SLG  OPS
--------- ------  ---  ---  ---  --  --  --  ---  --  ---  ----  ----  ---- ----
Fowler    CHC 16  456   84  126  25   7  13   48  79  124  .276  .393  .447 .840
Fowler    CHC 15  596  102  149  29   8  17   46  84  154  .250  .346  .411 .757

Lastly in the top five hitters is Addisson Russell and what an improvement at the plate. Improvements in hits, tripples, home runs, RBIs, bases on balls, and less strike outs. If he continues to lower his strike outs, Russell will be having many All-Star years.

Player    Team     AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB   SO   AVG   OBP   SLG  OPS
--------- ------  ---  ---  ---  --  --  --  ---  --  ---  ----  ----  ---- ----
Russell   CHC 16  525   67  125  25   3  21   95  55  135  .238  .321  .417 .738
Russell   CHC 15  475   60  115  29   1  13   54  42  149  .242  .307  .389 .696

Here are the batting stats for players 6-10

Player    Team     AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB   SO   AVG   OBP   SLG  OPS
--------- ------  ---  ---  ---  --  --  --  ---  --  ---  ----  ----  ---- ----
Heyward   CHC 16  530   61  122  27   1   7   49  54   93  .230  .306  .325 .631
Baez      CHC 16  421   50  115  19   1  14   59  15  108  .273  .314  .423 .737
Contreras CHC 16  252   33   71  14   1  12   35  26   67  .282  .357  .488 .845
Soler     CHC 16  227   37   54   9   0  12   31  31   66  .238  .333  .436 .769
Montero   CHC 16  241   33   52   8   1   8   33  38   58  .216  .327  .357 .684

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