Monday, July 13, 2015


Well, a split with the Cards and a 1-2 series against the Sox weren't exactly what the doctor ordered going into the All-Star Break, but Arrieta's CG win on Sunday at least ended the first "half" of the season on a high note.

The upcoming seven-game road trip against two sub-.500 teams (Braves & Reds) and a six-game home stand against the lowly Phils and Rockies could be just what the Cubs need to climb back up in the standings.  If the season ended today, they'd nab the second wild card spot, but the Mets are close on their heels.

Enjoy watching Rizzo & Bryant in the Home Run Derby tonight, and go Cubs!

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.