Cubs Power Rankings Roundup: Week 9
Below is a graph of where the Cubs have ranked over the course of the season.
And here is what Power Rankers are saying about the Cubs this week:
Cubs ranked 1st - "Ben Zobrist has six home runs with 25 RBIs in the month of May while hitting .421/.496/.684. Starlin Castro, whom he replaced, has hit .212/.241/.375 in that span for the Yankees."
Cubs ranked 1st - In Jonah Keri’s weekly power rankings he selects four teams to write about. Although your team was not chosen this week, Jonah’s work is well worth the read.
Cubs ranked 1st - "Won 23 straight games when Jake Arrieta starts."
Cubs ranked 1st - "The Chicago Cubs endured their first rough patch of the season with a 4-7 stretch of games leading up to last week, but a 12-run explosion against the rival St. Louis Cardinals appears to have righted the ship.
The Cubbies enter the week riding a five-game winning streak, and they lucked out by missing Clayton Kershaw in their four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers that begins Monday.
Their pitching staff remains the best in baseball by a wide margin with a 2.65 ERA, and No. 5 starter Kyle Hendricks got in on the fun Saturday with a complete-game victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant may be the faces of the offense and Jason Heyward the marquee offseason acquisition, but no one has been better than Ben Zobrist, who is hitting .351/.451/.542.
Bryant (37, second), Rizzo (36, third), Zobrist (35, seventh) and Addison Russell (30, 15th) all rank among the top 20 in the NL in RBI.
On the pitching side, Jake Arrieta (1.72, second), Jason Hammel (2.17, fifth) and Jon Lester (2.48, eighth) all rank in the top 10 in ERA, with Hendricks (2.93, 20th) and John Lackey (3.16, 25th) not far behind.
The Cubs' run differential stands at plus-131—nearly twice as high as the next-closest team. Only the Toronto Blue Jays (plus-221) had a better run differential all of last season."