Amidst the recent Bradley-bashing that's been going on here and in the media, I keep seeing something that just didn't sit right with me: the notion being bandied about that Bradley's played a large part of the Cubs coming up short of expectations this year.
So I decided to do a little digging: using a reasonable set of expectations for the roster - something I'm sure Hendry was working with this off-season - who has underperformed the most? Especially given that even the most pessimistic of projections had the Cubs winning 90 games.
For my base set of expectations, I used ACB's excellent projections from the pre-season for the 2009 Cubs. Then I simply subtracted each player's actual WAR from their projected WAR. One caveat: remember that these projections are for a full season of baseball, while the actual WAR is based on a partial season. However, enough baseball's been played at this point that it's still a useful thing to look at.
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