Sunday, May 22, 2016


The Cubs had a rough weekend in San Francisco, dropping two consecutive games to the Giants and scoring only 3 runs in 2 games after putting up 8 on Friday.

Kyle Hendricks, Travis Wood, and Pedro Strop held the Giants to one run on Sunday, but got outdueled by Madison Bumgarner (7.2 IP) and the SF bullpen in the 1-0 loss.

The Pirates dropped a game on Saturday, lowering the CMN to 115, and were rained out on Sunday.  

The first-place Cubs head to St. Louis Monday to start a three-game set against the Cards before heading back to the Friendly Confines for a ten-game homestand.

Let's go!

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.