Greetings from Madison, WI. I just finished finals on Thursday, and decided to celebrate by flying to UW-Madison to spend the school’s biggest weekend with a close high-school friend. Needless to say, I have been fairly incapacitated over the last 48 hours, so I am completely incapable of any analytical, critical, or sophisticated thought right now.
Therefore, I will just provide the second installment of the Chicago Cubs’ offense watch, which was instigated by ESPN.com’s pre-season declaration that the Cubs’ offense would be the second best in baseball (behind the Mets, which is defensible). I remind you that I’m comparing them to the Yankees because ESPN.com ludicrously proclaimed the Cubs’ offense to be better than the Yankees’. Let’s have a look (ranks are out of all MLB):
- CHC: 133 R (12th), .334 OBP (12th), .766 OPS (10th)
- NYY: 161 R (1st), .356 OBP (3rd), .792 OPS (5th)
The Cubs still have an above-average offense, while the Yankees have an elite one. It’s still early though, so ESPN.com has lots of time to prove how astute and accurate their poorly-argued prediction was.