San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants outfielder Angel Pagan slides into home to score a run next to Chicago Cubs catcher Koyle Hill at AT&T Park. Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE
As you are probably aware, the Cubs have lost 10 consecutive road games -- the last road game they won was in St. Louis on May 14.
This ties them for the second-longest such streak in team history. Here are all of the Cubs' road losing streaks of 10 or more games:
11: June 18-29, 1954 (all on one road trip!)
10: Aug. 6-15, 1954 (also on one trip)
10: Aug. 5-25, 1961
10: Sept. 4-20, 1962
10: Sept. 13-30, 2000
10: May 15-June 2, 2012 (current)
So this is the longest road losing streak in 12 years, and only the second one that long in the last 50 years. The average winning percentage of the previous four teams to do this was .399, which equates to a 64-98 season.
This one looks like it's going to be worse. There are seven more games remaining on the current road trip, including today.
Thus, today's Rule 4 draft takes on even more importance for the future of this team. We are going to cover it in detail here later today. There will be a draft thread posting here on the front page at 5 p.m. CDT, one hour before the first pick in the draft is made by the Astros. The Cubs' pick should come up around 6:30 p.m. CDT.
Since today's game begins at 2:45, those times are pretty close to the time I'd be posting a recap to the game. Keep an eye on the front page -- I'll post the recap, but then move the draft thread above it. There will also be an overflow thread for the draft which will post at 7 p.m. CDT in similar fashion to game overflow threads -- look for it in the "Game Threads" box on the right sidebar.
Campana CF, Castro SS, DeJesus RF, Soriano LF, LaHair 1B, Stewart 3B, Barney 2B, Clevenger C, Samardzija P
Schierholtz rf, Theriot 2b, Cabrera lf, Posey c, Pagan cf, Belt 1b, Arias 3b, Crawford ss, Vogelsong p
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2012 - Jeff Samardzija||5-3||12||10||0||0||0||0||64.0||57||24||22||5||19||65||3.09||1.19|
|2012 - Ryan Vogelsong||3-2||9||9||0||0||0||0||61.0||49||17||16||4||26||46||2.36||1.23|
Today's game is on CSN Chicago.
Today's first pitch thread will post at 2:45 p.m. CDT and the overflows at 3:45, 4:45 and 5:30 p.m. CDT. If you need more overflows due to extra innings or rain delays, post them in the fanshot section.
Discuss amongst yourselves.