The Cubs defeated the Brewers 7-2! Kyle Hendricks had another great day pitching 6 innings with 1 earned run. That brought his ERA down to an amazing 2.07 after 159 innings pitched! Chris Coghlan also had a banner day as a pinch hitter with 2 at bats, 2 hits, and 3 RBIs.

Our Cubbies are now an amazing 41 games above .500!!!

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**Games Left**

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**Playoff Berth Magic Number**

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**Home Field Advantage Magic Number**

## 17 comments :

68-68 cubs record would mean they are .500.. they are only 20-21 games above .500 technically.

68-68 cubs record would mean they are .500.. they are only 20-21 games above .500 technically.

The announcers on both TV and radio broadcasters are using the language we use, so we will stick with it. Thanks for your comment.

@Mikey - the phrase "[x] games above .500" is not a theoretical equation; it's math based on actuality. Therefore, it isn't about what the Cubs' record *would* be, to equate to .500. It's what it *is*, based on how many games they've won vs how many they have lost, therefore the simple W-L=above .500 equation. Any broadcaster/sports analyst will tell you this.

If the Cubs lost 20-21 of the games than they actually won, they would be 68-68. Then would only be 3-5 games behind in Central, 2 -3 games in the Wild card race... That is how crazy good the Cubs have been in one run games and at coming from behind... :)

Smile more, and be analytical less perhaps? Go Cubs Go!

I love this blog! Could someone explain to me how the home field advantage number is being calculated? Thanks!

Thanks, Erin. We calculate home field NY looking at the second best team in the NL. (The Nationals) We use the same number calculation that we do for the division number. The only difference is we hold the tie breaker, against the Nationals,so the math would be 162 (instead of 163)- Cubs wins - Nats loses.

But the cubs aren't 68-68, they're 89-48. Making them 41 over. 500. I see your flawed mathematics. If they were 48-48, that would be at. 500. You must be a Cardinal's fan; )

But the cubs aren't 68-68, they're 89-48. Making them 41 over. 500. I see your flawed mathematics. If they were 48-48, that would be at. 500. You must be a Cardinal's fan; )

What dates do you anticipate them clinching a playoff Berth and clinching division?

What dates do you anticipate them clinching a playoff Berth and clinching division?

The Home Field Advantage Magic Number is 17, not 16. Of course that will change tonight contingent upon what both Da Cubbies and the (g)Nats do.

Thanks for the info!

If the Cubs were 21-21 they would be a .500 team. If they get 2 more wins then they are 23-21 which would be referred to as 2 games over .500 because they've won 2 games since being a .500 team. They wouldn't reset the mark at 22 games just because 2 more games had been played. Due to rainouts and other potential delays not every team plays the same number of games at the same time, so when analysts are looking for a quick snapshot they can't use a target that is inconsistent and moving for each team. Seeing how many more/less wins teams have compared to losses is a faster stat. Could use a less confusing name, but change comes slow in baseball and no one would care about that long enough. Welcome to baseball.

Huh? No, they are 41 games over 500, (20-21 games over, whatever that means). It's the definition everybody agrees on regardless of who starts making up math.

Look at it this way... At 89-49, the Cubs would need to lose 40 games in a row to be at 89-89 or .500. So maybe it's just the phraseology that's confusing you. They are 40 games from a .500 record. But so is a team that's 49-89, lol. So we say above or below to differentiate.

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