With nothing else left to play for this season, the Cubs turned their attention to the record books in last night's 11-4 win over the Reds, which also, for all intents and purposes, ended the Reds' wild-card chances (six games out with eight games left).
- Juan Pierre's 55th stolen base gives him the most for a Cub player in a season in one hundred years -- since Frank Chance stole 57 in 1906. His two hits leave him seven short of 200, and with his second at-bat today, he will break Billy Herman's 71-year-old club record of 666 at-bats (it'll be good to get THAT number out of the books!). If Pierre reaches 693 at-bats, still possible with seven games left, that would be tenth on the all-time list.
- Carlos Zambrano homered for the sixth time this year, tying Fergie Jenkins' 35-year-old club record for HR by a pitcher, and with one start left, he has a chance to tie the National League record for pitchers, seven, held by Mike Hampton (2001) and Don Drysdale (1958 and 1965).
- Aramis Ramirez' 36th HR tied his own club record for HR by a third baseman. He has 113 RBI, a personal high. The club record for RBI by a third baseman is 123, set by Ron Santo in 1969.
- Bob Howry made his eightieth appearance, a career high for him. He will have to make four appearances in the seven remaining games to tie, and five to break the club record of 84, set in 1965 by Ted Abernathy, and tied by Dick Tidrow in 1980.
- The Cubs avoided a 100-loss season by winning their 63rd game. I know that makes some of you unhappy, thinking that 100 is some "magic number" that will suddenly awaken Cubs management and let them know how terrible things are. Somehow, I think they already know this.
And so, we slog on, one week to go. Actually, the most interesting thing happening now is the NL Central race, which appeared to be wrapped up weeks ago. If the Astros can win today, sweeping the Cardinals, they move to within 3.5 games of first place; Houston finishes with seven games on the road, first a makeup game at Philadelphia tomorrow, then at Pittsburgh and Atlanta. St. Louis has home series vs. the Padres, also fighting for a playoff berth, and the Brewers, who have pretty much knocked the Giants out of contention this weekend. It could yet be close.
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
Tuesday: Wade Miller
Wednesday: Somebody hopefully NOT named Walrond
Friday: Rich Hill
Sunday: Mateo again
So, we shall see. The Cubs beat the living daylights out of Harang on Opening Day, so it would be fitting to make a bookend out of today's start, the last game of the season between the two clubs. The Cubs clinched the season series vs. the Reds yesterday; they are 10-7 for the season.
Discuss amongst yourselves.