The Chicago Cubs of 2013 have been marginally better than the Chicago Cubs of 2012. But in one aspect of their season, this year’s team has been even worse than last year’s: home record. As of this date last year, the Cubs were 37-41 at Wrigley Field, on their way to a final home record of 38-43 and a total of 61-101. This year’s Cubs lost their fiftieth home game last night, with one more to go today. Take it away, Dale Sveum:
“To lose that many games at home, it’s something you have to stay away from,” manager Dale Sveum said Wednesday night. “This year has been tough. We seem to do more things on the road this year than at home.”
The one bright spot in all of this is that the Cubs are 35-43 on the road, as opposed to 22-53 last year on this day. So that’s something, right? Jeff Samardzija added to Sveum’s in-depth insight.
“Last year, we struggled on the road and had some success at home,” pitcher Jeff Samardzija said. “This year has been flip-flopped. We’ve had a lot of close games. We needed to pull out more than we have.”
I’d like to add that if the Cubs had won more games at home, their home record would be much better. The Cubs can avoid having the least amount of home victories in team history by tying the 1957 team, which had 31 (in a 154 game season).
The Cubs have a tall order in trying to get that 31st victory today, as they will face Francisco Liriano of the Pirates. You might remember that Liriano no-hit the Cubs for six innings in Pittsburgh September 15th. They did manage a rally in the seventh, but still lost that game 3-2. For the year, Liriano is 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA against the Cubs in four starts.
Making his final start of the season for the Cubs will be Jake Arrieta. In his last start against the Brewers, he allowed only three hits in seven innings, and looked like the Arrieta we hope to see much, much more of. There are no lineups posted as of yet, so you’ll have to figure that out on your own.
Game time is 1:20 Central and you’ll be able to watch on WGN, should you wish to endure it.