Our friends -- and I say that exactly in the way it's meant -- at Brew Crew Ball have reminded me this morning that the Cubs are approaching the 10,000th loss in franchise history, and then they get silly:
Oh, har de har har. This Cubs team isn't that bad. Is it?
Here's something that might be more realistic:
The two teams go their separate ways for a few weeks after that before reconnecting at Wrigley Field on May 16 for a series involving the Cubs' 42nd, 43rd and 44th games. If the Cubs go 18-23. 19-22 or 20-21 in their first 41 games, then the Brewers will get a shot at handing them their 10,000th loss in this series.
Well, that actually might happen. I personally would rather not see loss number 10,000 (and let's face it, it's going to happen this year, because the Cubs are not going to go 139-23) against the Brewers. But it seems likely that loss could come sometime around mid-May. Just before that home series against the Brewers, the Cubs are in St. Louis for a four-game set. That seems a possibility, as does the two-game series against the Yankees at Wrigley that immediately follows that Milwaukee set.
Loss No. 10,000 in franchise history to the Yankees. Now that would actually be cool.
I should remind our Milwaukee friends that despite the Cubs' poor seasons since 2009, their all-time record entering 2014 is 10,438-9,976, or 462 games over .500. In all of major-league history, only five other teams -- the Yankees, Dodgers, Giants, Cardinals and Red Sox -- are more games over .500 lifetime than the Cubs.
Meanwhile, despite the Brewers' generally decent play over the last several seasons and their 2011 division title, they are overall 3,419-3,738, or 319 games under .500. As you can see at the above link, that ranks ahead of just eight other teams: Mets, Rangers, Mariners, Athletics, Padres, Twins, Orioles and Phillies.
So let's take the long view, shall we? And I'm personally rooting for the Cubs to go 19-0 against the Brewers this year.