Cubs 2000's Decade Trivia

Which NL franchises did the Cubs have the best and worst records against from 2000-2009? Click on the links or check after the jump.

Best: .590% - Cubs lose the season series just twice in 2000 and 2006.

Worst: .403% - Cubs win the season series just twice in 2003 and 2008.

Complete list and other decade trivia after the jump.

Pittsburgh Pirates: 95-66 (.590%)

Colorado Rockies: 37-28 (.569%)

Milwaukee Brewers: 84-76 (.525%)

Cincinnati Reds: 84-78(.519%)

San Francisco Giants 32-30 (.516%)

Houston Astros 83-80 (.509%)

Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos: 33-32 (.508%)

St. Louis Cardinals: 81-85 (.488%)

New York Mets: 30-32 (.484%)

Los Angeles Dodgers: 31-36 (.463%)

Florida Marlins: 30-36 (.455%)

San Diego Padres: 31-39 (.443%)

Atlanta Braves: 28-40 (.412%)

Philadelphia Phillies: 27-39 (.409%)

Arizona Diamondbacks: 27-40 (.403%)

733-737 (.499%) overall for the Cubs

Here are the Cubs that led in individual categories from 2000-2009. You can click on the link for the full leaderboard or skip to the bottom for the answers.

1. Cubs 2000's HR Leader: 238 link

2. Cubs 2000's Hits Leader: 961 link

3. Cubs 2000's SB Leader: 86 link

4. Cubs 2000's RBI Leader: 630 link

5. Cubs 2000's BB Leader: 428 link

6. Cubs 2000's GIDP: 93 link

7. Cubs 2000's Most Outs: 2342 link

8. Cubs 2000's OPS Leader(at least 1200 PA's): 1.002 link

9. Cubs 2000's OPS+ Leader(at least 1200 PA's): 156 link

10. Cubs 2000's Lowest OPS Leader(at least 600 PA's): .639 link

11. Cubs 2000's Lowest OPS+ Leader(at least 600 PA's): 62 link

12. Cubs 2000's Win Leader: 105 link

13. Cubs 2000's ERA Leader (at least 350 IP): 3.51 link

14. Cubs 2000's ERA+ Leader (at least 350 IP): 127 link

15. Cubs 2000's WHIP Leader (at least 350 IP): 1.145 link

16. Cubs 2000's Worst ERA+ Leader (at least 200 IP): 87 link

17. Cubs 2000's Saves Leader: 87 link

18. Cubs 2000's K Leader: 1324 link 

19. Cubs 2000's Games Pitched Leader: 316 link





1. Sammy Sosa

2. Aramis Ramirez

3. Corey Patterson

4. Aramis Ramirez

5. Sammy Sosa

6. Aramis Ramirez

7. Aramis Ramirez

8. Sammy Sosa

9. Sammy Sosa

10. Ronny Cedeno

11. Ronny Cedeno

12. Carlos Zambrano

13. Mark Prior

14. Carlos Zambrano

15. Ted Lilly

16. Jason Bere

17. Ryan Dempster

18. Carlos Zambrano

19. Kyle Farnsworth


"Arizona Diamondbacks: 27-40 (.408%)"

-snicker- -laugh-

did we lose any important games to them? hehe...

actually that doesn't include the playoffs...

FYI, you have worst win % at .403 at the beginning of the post and .408 at the end. Unless I am misunderstanding something. which is definitely possible.

you obviously don't understand satire.



if you include the playoffs

.452% against Marlins
.443% against Dodgers
.425% against Braves
.386% against Dbacks

at least they did well against the NL Central

oh noz! the "mark grace curse" (tm)...he's a lot more entertaining than a stupid goat or a black cat.


mitch williams on MLB Network with a bit of personal info...

because of the way he fell off the mound on his follow-through he claims (seriously) to have never actually completed a play at 1st for an out, but he did get his most serious knee injury attempting to cover 1st on a play.


the Carb. WS has been pretty damn awesome, though the winner is pretty much DR. last night's VEN/DR game was won by 1 run on a steal of home in the bottom 7th. today's game with DR/PR has been pretty awesome. VEN/MEX tonight...

Muskat believes opener will be on ESPN as well as WCIU

i love her twitter background for a sportswriter.

That would piss me straight the fuck off if I can't watch the season opener. I'm writing my fucking congressman.

Don't write Senator Shelby, he'll put a hold on any Cubs games from airing.

Sadly, I don't get ESPN. God my cable provider sucks.


Chances are it will be carried on where I'm watching the Lakers Nuggets game right now.

What cable provider doesn't carry ESPN??

It's really more a matter of me being broke [read: cheap] and only going for the "limited basic" plan. What's actually strange about it is that I get only 20 channels and one of them is WGN (even though I'm in Florida) but I don't get ESPN or ESPN2 (although I do get the SPEED network, so I can watch drag racing 24/7 if I wan't to). It's really a much better deal for me as a Cubs fan than if I got ESPN but not WGN.

You must have Bright House. I'm on the same cable plan. The difference between you and I: here in Indiana, I'm blacked out of Cubs (and White Sox and Reds) games on as well, even though none of them are on locally.


MLB.TV usually carries the 1st 3-4 games as a preview. Unless it's black out, you can watch it on your 'puter.

I would've bet a lot that it was the Phillies for lowest win %. We've been horrible against them, especially in Philly, and especially in the new park. Makes me not want to go there to see a game knowing there's an 80 percent chance the Cubs will lose.

Bruce Levine talks about some changes at Wrigley:


if they manage to do it up right they might get another 20-50+ years of life out of that old building. hope it works.

"The Cubs also have hired a new nutritionist to help with healthier meals during the 81 home dates. "

Why do I picture, until now, that Yosh Kowano and his replacement were making pasta, pbnj sandwiches and laying bags of chip-a-hoys for the players?

"This is not our issue," Cubs president Crane Kenney said. "This is an issue for the state of Arizona to represent."

The list makes the mission at hand for the Cubs crystal clear:

Find a way to play the Pittsburgh Pirates in the post season.

Excellent idea. How about trading all of our good players to the Pirates. Then we're guaranteed a playoff matchup, right? Of course, in this scenario, we'll be keeping Soriano.

I for one look forward to an Aramis Ramirez for Ronny Cedeno swap.

BP's C. Karhl regular 'Transaction Analysis' has this on "wildman" Carlos Marmol...

With that, the Wild Man's back...Carlos Marmol, who plunked 12 batters to achieve a bruising pace of 3.58 percent of the men who stepped in against him. Historically, that's incredible, because if you look at the list of people in the database with higher rates, none of them pitched as many as 50 innings, so they had fewer opportunities to bury people at the plate. Cutting the figure to 60 IP...

and here's your top 10:

Rk Blackguard IP HBP Plunk Percentage
1 Carlos Marmol, '09 74 12 3.582%
2 Jerry Spradlin '99 61 10 3.497%
3 Bob Wells '01 68.2 10 3.344%
4 Esteban Yan '99 61 9 3.147%
5 Brian Fuentes '05 74.1 10 3.115%
6t Jerome Williams '04 129.1 17 3.041%
6t Geoff Geary '07 67.1 9 3.041%
8 Chan Ho Park '04 95.2 13 3.037%
9 Charlie Hough '75 61 8 3.030%
10 Ken McBride '64 116.1 16 3.002%

...It's an interesting coincidence that Larry Rothschild managed the Devil Rays team that had Yan on it, and was Marmol's pitching coach.

My guess is none of those pitchers strikeout as many batters as Marmol or give up less hits than he does.

Its a tightrope Marmol is walking, but atleast he is on the good end of the spectrum. I would rather work with a player that gives up less hits, strikes out alot of batters and has a problem with walks than trying to teach a player how to give up less hits and strikeout more batters.

The 2 things Marmol has in spades you can't teach, you can work with him in reducing his walks but you can't magically transform a Kevin Gregg type pitcher into a strikeout machine like Marmol.

I can't believe Shawn Estes is still hanging around. He looked done in 2003.

3 people got Bedard to Seattle

E-man 18 (2 correct)
Bryan 15 (2 correct)
Michael Connors 15 (1 correct)
Jim Hickman's Bat 14 (1 correct)
Rob G. 13 (2 correct)
JD too 13 (1 correct)
big lowitzki 12 (1 correct)
Sweet Lou 12 (1 correct)
Dusty Baylor 11 (1 correct)
the stick 10 (1 correct)
Dr. Aaron B 4 (1 correct)
twcoffee 2 (1 correct)
Ahone Ahtwo Ahtree 2 (1 correct)
H Vaughn 1 (1 correct)

Damon, Dye and Branyan left

15 correct...someone's due for a trip to vegas.

whoops, had it backwards on him

Damon Dye & Branyan? Cubs better get one of them or I'm going to come up empty this year.

new CAIRO ratings have the cubs in 2nd rather than 3rd.

kevin millar is our pujols...i swear to god. awesome.

...and WAS is poised to win the East. go them.

And he's costing us nothing!

if the cubs sign j.gomes to a minor league deal the 2010 WS is pretty much going to the cubs....that's gotta be worth another 2+ wins.

now if some of these projections would allow Dumpster to actually start 30-34 games rather than 20-something and going to the pen for a chunk of them like some of these projections predict and we might pick up 2+ more on top of that.

I've seen some positive signs the first week of the season, picking up some projected games here and there. We just need them to maintain this pace as the pre-spring training season wears on.

fwiw, those changes in projected standings just have to do with actually setting the lineups, playing time and depth charts to something more reasonable, Millar wouldn't even be on the roster.

AZ Phil, a friend of my said that there are several Cubs players already working out at the spring facility. Are you or have you been to the spring faclity and observed any players working out? I will be heading out to Phoenix this week for a business trip.

"The irony is delicious," Smith said.

"Is this the same Jerry Reinsdorf that skipped out on Pima County taxpayers who had spent tens of millions of dollars to provide him with a taxpayer-funded stadium, to come to Glendale, where Maricopa County taxpayers provided him a Taj Mahal spring-training facility?" Smith said.



and damn i'm ready for spring. picked up my ST tickets for COL and ARZ games vs. CHC in tuscon recently. at least the Carb. WS has provided me with a winter fix.

Spring Training coming up? Why, winter's just getting started in D.C. and Baltimore...

The BP starting lineup Team Health Report is out. It says "do not distribute", but the players in the red for the Cubs are no surprise: Ramirez, Soriano, Lilly, Guzman, Marmol.

According to it, the Phillies and the Rays are the best bets to remain healthy.

players in the red for the Cubs are no surprise: Ramirez, Soriano, Lilly, Guzman, Marmol.
I wonder why Marmol's health is in red, just from periods of overuse? As a closer he probably will not see any two inning stints (although an occasional 4 out save might happen). Based on DL time last year, Soto, Z, DLee and Dempster did get yellow lights. Not sure why Marlon Byrd and Randy Wells gets a yellow. Fontenot, Theriot, Fuky and Gorz are the greens.

WC only rates the 8 lineup players (and AL 9, DH), 5 starting pitchers, 1 closer, 1 'key' reliever.

The "healthiest" NL teams are the Brewers (1 red-Weeks) and the Phillies (1 red-Moyer).
The least healthy NL team is (as expected) the Mets with 7 "red lights" (Hank White, LCastillo, Reyes, Beltran, Maine, Niese, K-Rod). Dodgers and Reds have 6 red light players.

Wells jumped from 124 IP in '08 to 191 last year. Byrd is 32 and has a total of 1 season where he's played 140 games (exact same as Milton Bradley).

Don't be shocked when Byrd turns in a season similiar to Bradleys.

Weak ass middle of the order threat for 2 years straight.

Just has disaster written all over it.

That wouldn't surprise me. My biggest objections to Bradley weren't his game, it was how much Hendry paid him and the fact that he's a dick.

Apples to Oranges.

Bradley has only played in 140+ games once because he is chronically injured.

Byrd has not done so because he has not been very good at baseball. He's been on the 15-day DL just 3 times in his career, but he spent a month in the minors in each of 2004 and 2005, and two months in each of 2006 and 2007. He wasn't called up in 2007 until Jerry Hairston - yep him - went on the DL. To his credit he played well down the stretch and then put up OK numbers in 2008-2009, but there is not much to go on with him.

QUOTE: Byrd has not done so because he has not been very good at baseball.

REPLY: His OPS over the last three years is higher than all the regular lineup dudes from last year other than Ramirez and D Lee.

An OPS over 800 may not stop you from scratching your balls but it's nothing to sneeze at, either.

I noted that he put up OK numbers in 2008-2009. My main point is that as a 29 year-old he was still in the minors with the last-place Rangers until Jerry Hairston went on the DL. He then played in 122 games as a 30 year-old, and 146 as a 31 year-old. So again, there is just not that much to go on with him. I hope he turns out well, but it's hard to look at his past track record and be confident that it will happen.

That's the point of the yellow flag. Staying healthy over 162 game season is a skill, we know Bradley (for instance) doesn't have that skill. We don't know if Byrd does, since he's never really had an opportunity, but three DL trips in his limited career doesn't exactly bode well in my mind.

Could be Marmol was flagged because so many say his horrid delivery mechanics make him an injury waiting to happen. Hasn't really happened yet. Maybe he'll just be one of those guys who defies logic and stays healthy for a career despite the violent delivery.

Hell, seven years ago we had a starter whose fluid Tom-Seaveresque delivery supposedly made him injury-proof. Of course, his breakdown might have had more to do with chemicals than mechanics.

Well, that and the fact that the act of throwing a baseball is hard on your body regardless of how good your mechanics are--or so I've been told on many, many occasions. I wonder how our resident Doc feels about this. Does the overhand throw have to do damage to the shoulder?

Does the overhand throw have to do damage to the shoulder?
It's a complex question and I haven't read anywhere that an overhand delivery vs 3/4 is more susceptible to injury. The delivery alone doesn't account for variations in anatomy let alone variations in other components of the pitching motion. There are anatomic variables such as the shape of the acromion which varies from a flat configuration, a curved configuration or a hook shape (the most likely to lead to impingement).

Shoulder capsular laxity is also a significant factor as all pitchers get laxity to differing degrees. If the joint gets to lax, the muscles/cuff are often not strong enough to prevent impingement or instability problems.

I'm sure I can come up with a other variables that make it tough to analyze which motion is "healthier" on the shoulder. Then there are lefties which defy analysis (I'm a lefty)...or we can ask Dr. Marshall, I think he works with overhand, 3/4 and sidearmers:

If adult pitchers chronically train at my maintenance levels, they will have 'injury-proofed' their pitching arm.

Q&A sessions...haven't read through these but it would be interesting if he addresses overhand vs 3/4 as to injury risks.

Thanks Doc!

In the article, Carroll pretty much confides that no one knows what they're talking about when it comes to shoulders holding up. Some guys with 'bad' mechanics can, and some with 'good' mechanics cannot.

I think Marmol's numbers probably have to do with comparables - it's very unusual for anyone to K as many batters as he has without getting hurt eventually. Then you add in the control issues, and that may be seen as a 'sign'. There's no subjectivity in the sytem (i.e. no one is looking at motions and making determinations).

yeah, carroll don't know what he's talking about.

check. gotcha.

Well, I prefer this method to people going on about inverted W's and throwing across your body.

i actually agree with carrol's statement you brought up...i just like picking on carroll deciding to specialize in baseball injuries while hacking his way through a learning curve on a subject he's not well suited to cover (so far, imo).

I agree with you about his suitability, but you could have said the same thing about Bill James 25 years ago.

He's trying to make an effort to distinguish between opinions and objectivity, which he wasn't doing three years ago. Some of the BP guys must be rubbing off on him in that regard.

i'm not a fan of effort when you're trying to pass yourself off as an expert.

i personally think he's in way over his head trying to exploit a career niche for himself.

Just because genetics are different doesn't mean that people don't know what they're talking about. Just because the total force that one shoulder can exert in comparison to any other shoulder doesn't mean that, either.

It makes it more difficult to predict injuries, sure, but if anybody wants to try to guess whether Marmol would be more or less likely to have some serious shoulder trouble in his career, I think you'd be pretty silly to bet against it. That doesn't necessarily have anything to do with his preferred arm slot, either. While a noticable drop in arm slot can be a warning sign of an injury, consistently maintaining a low arm slot isn't necessarily one.

I'm sure Will's just trying to cover his own ass again, since he's neither a pitcher nor a doctor, but somehow knows all about injuries to pitchers.

I think the fact that every self proclaimed expert on the subject has been wrong on their predictions for the last five years confirms that no one knows what they're talking about.

Mark Prior.

y.petit DFA'd...please please hendry stay away from that useless 2 cent head of a pitcher even if he is a starter/reliever.

i dunno how this guy kept getting work in ARZ or why SEA wanted him.

He probably has decent numbers against the Cubs, so look for him to get picked up by a team like the Brewers or Astros.

$300 a game, all-inclusive, $24,300 a season, cheaper than a skybox for companies...

I'll take two. Thanks Rob it's much appreciated.

I'm sure Will's just trying to cover his own ass again, since he's neither a pitcher nor a doctor, but somehow knows all about injuries to pitchers.
I'd love to see WC's take on red ass injuries.

Kyle Farnsworth will compete for a spot in the starting rotation, Dick Kaegel of reports.

"We're going to lengthen him out and see how it goes," said pitching coach Bob McClure. "Because what he showed me last year was the ability to back off a little bit and not pitch with his hair on fire. And, to be a starter, you have to be able to just kind of go pitch-by-pitch." Farnsworth, who turns 34 in April, is 6-11 with a 5.81 ERA as a starting pitcher in the major leagues and hasn't made a single start since the 2000 season with the Cubs.

Don't worry, the Royals are a joke too.

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