Today should be the day that the Chicago Cubs clinch the division. There are two possible ways for this to happen. One is for the Cubs to lose to the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers to lose to the Cincinnati Reds. That is not the way I hope it happens. The best hope is for a Cubs win at home over what has been their most diligent rival over the years. I know it might not happen today of course but as an avid fan I think and hope that this is the way and the day it occurs.
I hope you all have been following the posts that Dake has been putting up on Cubs from the past correlating them to the number of games to clinch. Many memories there for sure. Some way before my time and others that took me back.
This year has been an interesting one for the Cubs so far. They have four batters hitting over .300 and the best averages belongs to a relief sometimes starter, pitcher in Sean Marshall followed by starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano then a backup first baseman in Micah Hoffpauir and finally the starting shortstop/utility player in Ryan Theriot. Only two teams have hit for better average this year than the Cubs in spite of no single person carrying the team. No Cub has hit 30 homeruns so far yet only seven teams have hit more. The Texas Rangers are the only team to have scored more runs than the Cubs.
Pitching? Well that too is an oddity. We have Howry having the second worst year of his career with 6 wins. No starting pitcher will win twenty games for the Cubs (Ryan Dempster leads with 16) and they have only pitched two complete games with only two teams below them at one. No regular starter has less than ten wins. They have one of the two no-hitters thanks to Carlos Zambrano. Their team era ranks fourth in all of baseball with only the Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays ahead of them.
Taking everything into consideration the Cubs have played excellent team ball. We as fans know there are many shining stars but they are the ultimate team in what they have accomplished this year.
Thanks Cubs keep it up. Go Cubs!