Email The Big Red C

Ticket Booth

Get all your
online sports tickets
through Coast to Coast Tickets.
Check out our
Wrigley Field seating chart
for the best
Chicago Cubs tickets.
Buy MLB tickets
for all the best match-ups including
Boston Red Sox tickets,
New York Yanks tickets
and Houston Astros tickets.
Don’t forget to check out our
Chicago concert tickets online!

PIT/PA Watch

May 15: 3.55
Season: 3.61
NL Average: 3.73
Cubs' NL Rank: 15th

Cubs Season Record 22-15 (--)

This Series
May 14-May 16

Cubs Sweep 3-0

Final Score: 6-1

Final Score: 7-5

Final Score: 4-2

Next Series
May 18-May 20


May 18: Clement (5-2, 2.78) vs
Schmidt (3-2, 3.79)

May 19: Zambrano (4-1, 1.82) vs
Rueter (1-4, 5.52)

May 20: Maddux (3-3, 4.44) vs
Hermanson (1-2, 4.67)

Last Series
May 11-May 13

Dodgers Win 2-1

Final Score: 7-3

Final Score: 4-0

Final Score: 7-3

Know Your Enemy - The Series
Part 1 - The Reds
Part 2 - The Pirates
Part 3 - The Brewers
Part 4A - The Cardinals - Position Players
Part 4B - The Cardinals - Pitching and Bench
Part 5A - The Astros - Position Players
Part 5B - The Astros - Pitching and Bench

News, Information and Discussion
Baseball Prospectus
ESPN Baseball
Minor League Baseball
MLB Center

Baseball Cube
Baseball Almanac
MLB Contracts
Roster Central

Baseball Primer - Clutch Hits
Will Carroll Weblog
Baseball Musings
Aaron's Baseball Blog
Futility Infielder
Redbird Nation
Business of Baseball
Baseball News Blog
The Score Bard

L'Armée Blog Du Petits Ours
Cub Reporter
Ball Talk
and another thing!
Northside Lounge
Let's Play Two
Yarbage Cub Review
Clark & Addison Chronicle
Weeghman Park
Ivy Chat
Uncouth Sloth
Cubs Pundit
Tom Smith
View From the Bleachers
Dan's Cublog
Waveland Chronicles
Cub Fan Nation
Aisle 528
Waveland Dave
Eat at Joe's
Chicago Cubs Fan Blog
Any Team Can Have a Bad Century
Two Headed Monster
North Side Baseball
Rooftop Report
94 Years and Counting
Northside Report
Old Style Cubs
The Cubdom

Buyselltix Sponsored Links
Like Baseball? Check out
All Star Game and Chicago Cubs Prices.

Online Seats Sponsored Links
Online Seats!
Cubs Tickets
MLB Tickets

Syndicate this site (XML)
Powered by
Make RSS at

Listed on Blogwise

This page is 

powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

Weblog Commenting by

08/01/2003 - 09/01/2003
09/01/2003 - 10/01/2003
10/01/2003 - 11/01/2003
11/01/2003 - 12/01/2003
12/01/2003 - 01/01/2004
01/01/2004 - 02/01/2004
02/01/2004 - 03/01/2004
03/01/2004 - 04/01/2004
04/01/2004 - 05/01/2004
05/01/2004 - 06/01/2004
Creeping Inexorably Toward A Worthwhile Sub-Heading.
Friday, September 12, 2003

Crazy Talk

In looking around at other writings yesterday, I saw some folks opining that if the Cubs don't make it to the post season, they can look back at the blown lead against Montreal as a final straw of sorts. Well, I have two words for that, and the first one is bull. The second word is "pucky".

It's silly to blame single games for season-long outcomes, but even if doing so made sense there are other candidates to choose from.

May 6 vs. Milwaukee - Cubs lead 6-3 going into the top of the 8th at home. Guthrie, Cruz and Remlinger combine to give up 6 runs over the next two innings, sending the Cubs to a 9-6 loss.

June 25 vs. Milwaukee - Cubs lead 5-1 going into the top of the 7th at home. The game is tied at six by the end of the eighth, and a six run top of the tenth seals the deal for the Brew Crew. Cubs lose 12-6.

June 26 vs. Milwaukee - Cubs lead 3-2 in the ninth, but a three-run, no out home run by Geoff Jenkins gives the Brewers a 5-3 lead. The lead holds, Brewers get the W.

August 2 vs. Arizona - Cubs lead 3-2 in the ninth again. This time, it's an Alex Cintron solo shot to tie, and a Raul Mondesi RBI double to win. D-Backs take it 4-3.

August 27 at St. Louis - Cubs lead 2-0 going into the bottom of the 8th. This is the game where Dusty Baker morphs into Tony LaRussa, using five pitchers to give up 4 runs. The Cards win 4-2.

Gee, the Cubs sure did blow some games they should have won. Gosh, maybe it's because of all of these bad losses that the Cubs are in the position they're in today! Except...

April 13 vs. Pittsburgh - Cubs are down 3-2 in the bottom of the 8th. A Corey Patterson RBI single and a Troy O'Leary sacrifice fly put the Cubs up 4-3. Cubs down the Pirates 1-2-3 in the ninth to secure the victory.

July 5 vs. St. Louis - Cubs are down 5-0 going into the bottom of the 2nd. They score six unanswered runs, the final one in the bottom of the ninth, to take the 6-5 win.

August 1 vs. Arizona - Cubs are down 3-1 in the bottom of the 11th, but score two, tying it up. The bottom of the 14th sees the Cubs score the final run in a thrilling 4-3 victory.

September 3 vs. St. Louis - Cubs are down 6-0 after the top of the sixth, but outscore the Cards 8-1 over the rest of the game, resulting in a stunning, clutch, 8-7 victory over their division rivals.

September 4 vs. St. Louis - Cubs are down 5-3 after the top of the fifth, but come back again to defeat the Red Menace 7-6. An exciting cap to the most important series of the year to date.

Wow, Derek, that was exhausting and boring. What's your point?

Point is, that these things even out, and just because the Cubs blew a game toward the end of the season doesn't make it any more important than any of the games they blew earlier, or any of the games they stole, for that matter. There are larger issues at work. Positive things like the yeoman-like work of Prior, Zambrano and Wood or the motivational excellence of Dusty Baker. Negative things like the anemic offense and macabre fascination with Shawn Estes. When the season is over and laid out on the dissecting table, it's the larger issues that shed light on the outcome, not the game by game results.

CTC offers Cubbies tickets
including Wrigley Field box seats,
Bears tickets
and tickets to live concerts in Chicago.

Posted by Derek @ 2:37 PM