At the moment of this writing, the Cubs are sitting comfortably in 4th place of their division. They are one and a half games ahead of Milwaukee and two and a half ahead of the cellar dwelling Astros.
|Something disruptive must happen|
to save the Cubs 2011 season.
They could have lost 100 games, while playing their homegrown talent and keeping the minor leagues loaded, and had a more successful year than they'll likely have. Of course, what happened this offseason instead, is the front office tried to remain relatively competitive in an effort to save their jobs. They spent money on stopgaps, like Carlos Peña, which they could have more wisely spent on the draft or relief pitching. They traded away a handful of good players for Matt Garza. We have nothing against Garza, but no team should trade away valuable young players to improve from a 91-loss team to an 81-loss team. Neither team makes the playoffs, but the team with the better farm system has a brighter future. The Cubs punted on the 2011 season, but they were at the 45 yard line and kicked it through the back of the endzone.
Baseball-Reference has recently included their Simple Rating System (SRS) with their Standings. It's not just on extremely detailed charts; they have it on their homepage.
The site describes SRS as "the number of runs per game that they are better (or worse) than the average team."
SRS = Run Differential (R_diff) + Strength of Schedule (SOS)
The rating system was modeled after NCAA football's BCS rankings method and clearly explained in this article.
Looking at the National League, ranked by SRS shows everything you need to know about how the Cubs have played this season.
|Unfortunately, the Cubs have been looking|
up at their competition for lifetimes.