Road to Opening Day: #10

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The Cubs played the Mariners today, and lost in what will probably be typical fashion 3-0. Jeff Samardzija pitched a strong game, but the real highlight for the Cubs was Junior Lake robbing a home run.

Mike Olt managed to play third, and looked fine despite not being tested much. Arodys Vizcaino had a strong inning, and so a number of positives despite not managing to score a run yesterday.

Today the Cubs play the White Sox at 3:05 PM Central. The audio to the game is available on MLB.com.

 

Keep on trucking as our countdown lineup continues…

The 1910 Pennant Winning Chicago Cubs

The 2014 Cubs are more likely to threaten 100 loses than they are 100 wins. This state is pretty familiar to Cubs fans at this point, but life was very different for Cubs fans in 1910. The team had won its fourth pennant in five years while averaging 106 wins in a 154 game schedule. The Cubs finished 1910 with the same 104 wins as the season prior, but this time it was good enough to reach the World Series.

The 1910 version had their catcher back in Johnny Kling. Kling had left the team after the 1908 World Series over a contract squabble to start a career as a professional billiards players. The team still had player manager Frank Chance, and the rest of the poetic double play combination of Johnny Evers and Joe Tinker. Mordecai Brown was still the team’s ace as the Cubs faced the Athletics that made the World Series after not winning a pennant since 1905.

This pennant winning vintage of the Cubs was also vastly different than the one we, let’s call it, treated to in the age of the roster. The Cubs in 1910 were the oldest team in baseball, and were in the swan song of the one dynasty era of the Cubs. 2014 might be the youngest team since the early sixties. The 1910 Cubs led all of baseball in runs scored. The 2014 Cubs will not duplicate that feat.

The World Series was disappointing for the Cubs in 1910. The Athletics won the first three games of the series in convincing fashion. The Cubs led for all of two innings in those three games. The Cubs won in dramatic fashion in game 4 tying the game in the ninth and winning it in the tenth. But Philadelphia won game 5 handily 7-2.

We all would take a season like 1910 at this point. But even though making the postseason is the first step needed, it is not the final step needed to get the dreaded curse word that is 1908 out of the lexicon. 2014 isn’t likely to reach even that first step, but hopefully glimpses of the final piece of the Tinkers to Evers to Chance of this century will be seen.

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