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Post: Stats before game 2
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Sat-22-Jul-2017 Posted by Mike Stats before game 2
Here are the season stats for both team before game 2. Any wonder Cubs have won more games? This is the 12 best players from each team. Numbers speak. The only area the Cardinals are keeping up with the Cubs is in hitting are in doubles. Runs though, not that close. Runs are the stat that wins games.

On a side note, Contreras has been the biggest surprise for the Cubs. Schwarber the biggest downer. Everyone expected Schwarber to be the super-star he showed us in 2015 and 16. One last thing about the Cubs players. Kris Bryant only has 40 RBIs. Why? Look at the 77 strike outs he leads for the team. Many of these SOs with runners on base.

All that said, comparing the teams makes me feel better though when bad things happen like the Cards beating the Cubs (i.e. yesterday)

Player          R   H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  SO  AVG   OBP   SLG   OPS
Looking for:    50+ 75+ 15+     12+ 50+ 
Cubs:
 Bryant, K      61  88  18  3   19  40   62  77  .275  .401  .528  .929
 Rizzo, A       56  88  17  1   23  61   55  49  .254  .377  .507  .884
 Contreras, W   35  75  18  0   14  50   25  76  .272  .337  .489  .826
 Baez, J        38  73  17  1   12  39   14  76  .274  .311  .481  .792
 Russell, A     42  68  17  3    9  34   23  70  .240  .306  .417  .723
 Heyward, J     31  64   7  3    7  37   19  36  .268  .326  .410  .736
 Happ, I        30  54  12  2   13  34   19  66  .258  .323  .522  .845
 Jay, J         29  53   9  1    2  18   19  44  .288  .371  .380  .752
 Zobrist, B     27  52   9  2    8  29   29  36  .222  .311  .380  .691
 Almora Jr., A  25  50  10  0    4  18   17  37  .278  .338  .400  .738
 Schwarber, K   37  46  13  0   14  30   41  86  .181  .302  .398  .700
 La Stella, T   11  17   6  0    2   5   10   7  .298  .414  .509  .923
Cardinals:
 Gyorko, J      37  86  16  2   14  50   32  72  .287  .351  .493  .844
 Molina, Y      32  82  13  0   10  42   15  46  .269  .302  .410  .712
 Carpenter, M   56  80  21  1   14  46   66  71  .252  .383  .456  .839
 Pham, T        49  74  12  1   13  42   30  67  .312  .396  .536  .931
 Diaz, A        30  71  16  0    7  20   13  41  .260  .293  .396  .688
 Fowler, D      42  70  11  4   14  37   37  63  .249  .336  .466  .803
 Piscotty, S    29  54  13  0    6  31   36  55  .236  .348  .371  .719
 Wong, K        26  52  15  2    1  19   21  29  .299  .391  .425  .816
 Grichuk, R     30  50  16  0   10  32   17  75  .220  .276  .423  .699
 DeJong, P      20  45  13  0   10  24   4   53  .278  .293  .543  .837
 Martinez, J    23  35   6  1    5  17   10  33  .271  .321  .450  .771
 Garcia, G      11  31   5  0    2   8   21  34  .225  .344  .304  .648
Why did I highlight these numbers? We are a little over half way through the season. All-Star players should end a season with at least 25 HRs, greater than 150 hits, and 100 RBIs. Hall-of-Fame players end seasons with 30 or more HRs, 200 hits or greater, and more than 100 RBIs.

As the number above show, yes, offensively the Cubs have better players. It is not just about the players in general though. The real number-story here (for the Cardinals and Cubs) are the lack of runs (of course yesterday helped the Cardinals in that area). Compared to the last two seasons, the Cubs and Cardinals could do so much better with much of the same players. As I have recently posted numbers on, the Cubs pitching is the other half of the disappointing year.

The Cubs total-to-year-runs: 447
The Cardinals total-to-year-runs: 438

Cubs are inches ahead, but if either team were division leaders:
Astros currently have 566 runs
Dodgers currently have 495 runs
Brewers currently have 475
Nationals currently have 530

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