Cubs Enjoy the Company of Pirates
The Cubs record against the Pirates the last three seasons and its affect on the team overall record.
||Record w/o playing Pirates
|2007||85-77 .525||8-7 .533||77-70 .524|
|2008||97-64 .602||14-4 .778||83-60 .581|
|2009||70-67 .511||8-2 .800||62-65 .488|
I was expecting it to make a bigger difference to be honest. Even at a .581 winning percentage, the Cubs would have had the best record in the NL last year and - at least in the Brewers case - they had plenty of success against the Pirates as well in 2008 (14-1). This year you could definitely make a case for them living off the fat of the land.
- The Cubs tied some major league record with 8 hits in the first inning yesterday. The 2009 season has now been redeemed.
- Some fans will be happy to hear that Milton Bradley left after the first inning because of some hamstring tightness. He was going to get a day off on Wednesday anyway and the Cubs were up big, so probably no big deal. According to the article, if he plays in 23 of the last 24 games, he'll match his career high in games played in a season.
- The same article says Andres Blanco and Sam Fuld probably won't be available until Friday.
- Reed Johnson is likely out for the season.