Monday, July 25, 2016

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Holy cow! The first place Cubs came back to beat the Brewers 6-5 and take the three-game series on Sunday. In his Cubs debut, Joe Nathan picked up the win with a scoreless relief inning, and the Cubs put up a 5 spot in the 7th to take the lead for good.

With "You Go, We Go" getting a day off, Tommy LaStella channeled his inner Dexter (Fowler, that is), leading off and reaching base in 4 of 4 plate appearances with an RBI and a run scored. Zobrist knocked in two more and Rizzo had a bases-clearing double to tally 3 more RBI.

The Cubs confirmed a trade with the Yankees that will bring fireman Aroldis Chapman to Chicago just in time for the Crosstown Cup four-game, home-and-home series with the White Sox that starts Monday.

Let's go!

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NL Central Standings
Team        W   L    PCT    GB
Cubs       59  38   .608    --
Cards      52  46   .531   7.5
Pirates    51  47   .520   8.5

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.