2016 #Cubs numbers to brag about
The Cubs finished the regular season with a 103-58 record, 17 1/2 games ahead of the Cardinals in the Central Division, and posted a +252 run differential. They secured the best record in MLB for the first time since 1945, and the 12th time in franchise history. The run differential is the best since a +324 in 1906.
Here are some other numbers to talk about as the Cubs wait for the postseason to start:
*Cubs starting pitchers led the Majors with 81 victories, a 2.96 ERA, and a .213 batting average against. The Nationals were second with 72 wins, 3.60 ERA and .235 batting average against. Think about this for a moment: The Cubs starters combined for a better ERA than the American League ERA leader, Aaron Sanchez of the Blue Jays (3.00).
*Speaking of ERAs, Kyle Hendricks finished with the best ERA in the Majors (2.13) followed by Jon Lester (2.44). Jake Arrieta was 13th (3.10) and John Lackey was 22nd (3.35). Arrieta led the Majors with a .194 batting average against.
*And if you’re a fan of WHIP, the Nationals’ Max Scherzer led the National League at 0.97 and Hendricks was second at 0.98 followed by Lester at 1.02. Lackey (1.06) and Arrieta (1.08) ranked sixth and seventh, respectively. Hammel was 17th (1.21).
*The Cubs bullpen ranked sixth in the NL with a 3.56 ERA, and had the fewest innings pitched (470 2/3). Travis Wood led the bullpen with 77 appearances, followed by Justin Grimm (68), Hector Rondon and Pedro Strop (54 each), and Trevor Cahill (49). Rondon went 18-for-23 in save situations with a 3.53 ERA, Aroldis Chapman was 16-for-18 with a 1.01 ERA.
*Offensively, Kris Bryant led the NL in runs (121) and was third in home runs (39), while Anthony Rizzo was second in RBIs (109). Both finished with a .292 batting average, very Bryzzo.
*As Miguel Montero pointed out, the Cubs three catchers — Willson Contreras, David Ross and Montero — combined for 30 home runs and 100 RBIs.
*Dexter Fowler, Ben Zobrist, Bryant, and Rizzo ranked sixth, eighth, ninth and 10th in the NL in on-base percentage. As a team, the Cubs led the NL with a .343 mark.
*Bryant is the fourth Cub in franchise history to total at least 120 runs, 35 doubles, 39 homers and 100 RBI in a single season. The others include Rogers Hornsby in 1929, Hack Wilson in 1930 and Derrek Lee in 2005.
*Rizzo is the first left-handed hitter in Cubs history with 40 doubles and 30 homers in a saeson, and fourth overall, joining Hornsby in 1929, Lee in 2005 and Alfonso Soriano in 2007.