Call me crazy, but maybe the 2009 Cubs season isn’t really over… The Cubs are 62-60 and they trail the Cards by 8 games in the NL Central race and the Rockies by 7 games in the NL Wild Card race. Now don’t get me wrong – the Cubs are a bad baseball teams as a whole. After a great start to the post-All-Star Break stretch run in July, they are just 8-13 in August, and they have lost 10 of their last 14 games.
But if you look at their schedule and where they play the vast majority of their games, it shouldn’t be all doom and gloom. The Cubs have 40 games left on their 2009 MLB schedule – 24 of those games are at home at Wrigley Field where they are 35-22. The other 16 games are on the road, and 7 of those road games are against 2 teams they are chasing to make the playoffs – the Cardinals (9/18-20) and the Giants (9/24-27).
Take it a step further, and you see that of the 40 games remaining, only 8 games are against team with winning records:
9/3 White Sox 63-61 – home game;
9/18-20 Cards 72-54 – in St. Louis; and
9/24-27 Giants 67-57 – in San Francisco.
The other 32 games breakdown as follows:
Washington Nationals 44-80 – 3 games at Wrigley Field;
New York Mets 57-68 – 3 games at Wrigley Field & 3 games at CITI Field;
Houston Astros 61-63 – 3 games at Wrigley Field;
Pittsburgh Pirates 51-71 – 3 games in Pittsburgh & 4 games at Wrigley Field;
Cincinnati Reds 52-71 – 3 games at Wrigley Field;
Milwaukee Brewers 60-63 – 4 games at Wrigley Field & 3 games at Miller Park; &
Arizona Diamondbacks 55-70 – 3 games at Wrigley Field.
Now don’t get me wrong, do I really think the Cubs have what it takes to pull this off? No. But with the schedule and the fact that the Cubs starting pitching – Carlos Zambrano, Ted Lilly, Rich Harden, Ryan Dempster & Randy Wells – is still top 5 in the entire major leagues in 2009, anything is possible. If the joke of a Cubs offense actually puts up 4 or 5 runs every so often, the Cubs might actually put a little streak together. The Cubs will need a lot of help from the Rockies, Giants, Braves and Marlins to start losing, but if that happens, the last week of the season could be interesting with the Cubs playing 7 games against the struggling Pirates and Diamondbacks at home to end the 2009 campaign…