Quarterly Review

May 25th, 2011

The Cubs are 46 games into the season, just past the 1/4 mark, so it seems as good a time as any to reflect on the past two months of games.  The season started with the Cubs setting a record for mediocrity, which is odd even for the Cubs.  During the first two weeks of the season the Cubs hit records of 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5, 6-6, 7-7, 8-8, 9-9, and 10-10 before hitting a four game loosing streak.  Today they sit in 4th place in the Central Division, 7 games out.

Sean Marshall - Cubs 1944 Throwbacks

Sean Marshall - Cubs 1944 Throwbacks

They rank near the bottom of the league in fielding percentage and ERA, but near the top in batting average.

Just how streaky and unpredictable are these Cubs?  Alfanso Soriano hit five home runs over the course of six game at the end of April catapulting him into the league lead.  He has no home runs and only two RBI’s since.

Two highlights of the season so far were as notable for the uniforms as they were for the games.  A 5-1 win over the Dodgers in LA while wearing 1944 era uniforms, and a 9-3 win over the Red Sox in Boston while wearing 1918 era uniforms.   [half way down the post]  It was the Cubs first trip to Fenway since the 1918 World Series, where they also only won the middle game of a three game set.

Some random notes that may interest only me:

  • The pitching staff doesn’t have a single complete game.
  • The Cubs have blown 12 leads, and have come from behind 12 times.
  • The Cubs are a perfect 10-0 when scoring 6 or more runs
  • The Cubs are a perfect 2-0 in extra innings, and 2-0 in throwback uniforms.


NOTE: I never intended for this blog to turn into a Chicago Sports blog, but that seems to be the major theme of my posts lately.  I’ve also noticed that I’ve been a bit long-winded at times.  I am going to try to post more frequently, on a wider variety of topics, and more briefly.  Wish me luck!


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