Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Hey hey! Cubs downed the Friars Tuesday 5-3 at Petco. 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta dominated (8 IP, 6 K, 2 H, 0 ER with a triple and run scored), lowering his season ERA to 2.62 and season WHIP to 1.04.

Addy and KB each homered and drove in two, and Zo went 2-for-4 with a run scored. 

The MLB-best Cubs close out the three-game series with San Diego on Wednesday before wrapping up the road trip this weekend against the Dodgers.

Let's go!

Another swing and a miss by the Padres.
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NL Central Standings
Team        W   L    PCT    GB
Cubs       80  45   .640    --
Cards      66  58   .532  13.5
Pirates    63  60   .512  16.0

How The Number Works

The Chicago Cubs Magic Number is derived by the following equation: Total Number of Games + 1 - Wins by the Cubs - Losses by Best Opponent.

The Magic Number is affected by one of two events, a Cubs win or the best opponent losing. The number is 163 at the beginning of the season. When the number hits 0, the Cubs have clinched the NL Central and are in the PLAYOFFS!

This site represents the Magic Number for clinching the National League Central Division . If the Wild Card becomes relevant for getting into the post season, this site may contain both. In that case, the Wild Card number will clearly be denote.

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This is the year

This is the year
I will watch from just over the rail.