Ok, that's enough pessimism out of you, JT. We are the fans of the Lovable Losers, perpetually enjoying the contests of whoever the current residents of the Friendly Confines are. If the Cubs are winning at that particular point in the season, we don't know what to do except rejoice in intoxicated jubilation and get our hopes way up. But if we are losing or those hopes are dashed upon a stone at any point, we go about our business enjoying our libations nonetheless and supporting our northside favorites through all the turmoil. It's called being a Cub fan, and look... after today's victory we are back at .500, so certainly we must be World Series bound! Right, guys?!?!
So basically, to rebut with some optimism, the way I see it is that in order to make the playoffs this year -- from the wild card spot, since catching the Cardinals will depend on an asteriod, a breakout of Ebolla Hemorrhagic Fever in St. Louis, or some other heavenly intervention -- it will probably take around 95 wins, if not more. The Cubs today are 44-44 with 74 games remaining. It follows that that would mean going roughly 51-23 for the remainder of the season. This is definitely possible if you ask me. It means winning about 5 out of every 7 games, or going 3-1 in all 4 game series and 2-1 in all 3 game series. At first this might seem a little over-optimistic, but the Cubs have proven that they have the ability to sweep good teams when they are on top of their game (a la Dodgers, Marlins). So, with a few series sweeps, we can even afford to lose a series here and there occasionally and still hit the 95-win mark.
So, the Cubs have their work cut out for them but I see this as something they can positively attain if they hold true to their "Contender" costumes, rather than donning the "Pretender" garb they seem to have hanging on the pegs right next to the former. And that is all I have for now. What do you think?
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Yeah, Prior for beating up on the Bucos!!!
Tomorrows game features Kerry Wood in a day game which will be airing on Espn. Can't wait to watch!