Monday, September 12, 2011

Behind Enemy Lines: Chicago Cubs

After a 3-city, 9-game road swing, the Redlegs return home to kickoff a 10-game homestand with four games against the Chicago Cubs.

Despite boasting a hefty team payroll, the aging Cubs are upholding the time-honored tradition of the "Curse of the Goat" this season. They limp into the last two weeks of the season embattled, weary, and ready for the offseason.

Here's the full breakdown on Cincy's upcoming opponent:

Season record: 64-82 (5th in NL Central/21 GB)
Season record vs Reds: 6-8
Road record: 29-42
Last 10 games: 5-5
Manager: Mike Quade (2nd year, 86-94)
2011 payroll: $126.38 million
Established: 1876 (as the "White Stockings")

Notable MLB statistical ranks:
Runs - 18th (596)
HR - 19th (134)
AVG - 10th (.259)
Steals - 28th (62)
ERA - 26th (4.41)
Saves - T-10th (39)
BAA - T-24th (.266)
WHIP - T-27th (1.42)
Errors - 30th (122)

Team leaders:
AVGStarlin Castro (.306)
HR - Carlos Pena (27)
RBI - Aramis Ramirez (89)
Wins - Ryan Dempster (10)
ERA - Matt Garza (3.54)
Saves - Carlos Marmol (34)

Other notables:
- It's been 102 years since the Cubs last won the World Series, the longest such championship drought of any other professional sports team in North America.
-They have participated in more games than any other team in MLB history (20,227).
-The Cubs were originally known as the White Stockings from 1870-1889, then the Colts from 1890-1897, then the Orphans (or Remnants) from 1898-1902, before finally changing their name for good to the Cubs in 1903.
-The club is one of two remaining charter members of the original National League (the other being the Atlanta Braves).
-Overall record in 135 seasons is 10304-9770.

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