Tl;dr. Really, really, really good.
I don’t know if any of you pay much attention to teams besides your own. Thanks to my manic exercise of recapping all y’alls teams, I have really been noticing a lot. It’s been fantastic. As I do the recaps and type a win for the Cubs practically every day, it hit me that something unusual is occurring. This isn’t just a good team winning. They’re demolishing the competition.
Something really special is happening on the North Side. Something historical. Again, the Cubs are not just good. They’re playing on a level that’s unbelievable right now. Don’t believe me? Let’s bring out the evidence.
Starting with the basics… their win loss record is 25 and 6 on 5/11/16 (have we officially passed Small Sample Size Day yet? My saber nerds know what I am talking about). That is a winning percentage of .806. Oh, is that all? I am not impressed. Impress me more. Ok.
To match the 1906 Chicago Cubs, you know, when they finished 116-36 (yes, Kevin. I remember it well. Like Captain America, I was given a serum so I never age. Maybe I am Captain America), the Cubs would have to simply go 92-40 the rest of the season, a winning percentage of .697, so they can relax and start sucking a little. In case you were not aware, that 116-36 record set the modern-era record winning percentage: .763.
Oh, but you’re still not impressed. Wow, you’re a tough crowd. Cubs fans are so pessimistic. “It’s early in the season. They have to slump, right?”
“We almost throw out everything that has happened so far,” Epstein said. “We are on such a roll that we probably spend more time looking ahead to the inevitable challenging periods when we’re short-handed and strapped, and things aren’t breaking our way. (We’re) trying to get ahead and figure out how we’re going to deal with that adversity.
Lester points out something: “We have an American League line-up.” Yes. That is one reason you are destroying your competition.
So, you kinda don’t have to slump. Theo’s got you covered. Rizzo is only batting .270. He can do better. Heyward is also in a slump. Imagine when he finally gets his groove. You think this team is scary good now? Just step away and admire what Theo has built.
So, slump-proof juggernaut. I want more numbers! We’re nerds, we want numbers! I got them, I got them. Chillax.
They are the 8th team in baseball history to start with a record of 24-6 or better. The last team to do this was the Detroit Tigers in 1984. The only team to do this and fail to reach the World Series. The Oakland A’s in 1981. (Sorry, @clydeserra, if I am bringing about traumatic childhood memories. I do that to people.) Out of those 8 teams, 4 of them won the World Series. So, if you’re into betting, here ya go.
Here is Baseball-Prospectus’s probability graph:
One of these teams is not like the others. The probability of reaching the post-season: 99%. That’s pretty good, right? You know, I’m a girl. These numbers get soooo confusing. That’s close to 100%. I think that’s good!
They are currently on a pace to win 129 games. That’s not possible, right? The 2001 Mariners won 116 games. It is very conceivable that this team wins more than 116. Stop saying inconceivable. I do not think you know what that word means.
Their run differential.. let’s look at that. +103!!! Ha! That’s crazy talk. Seriously, what is it? It’s one hundred and three. Fuck. Looking at calendar. It’s 5/11/16. That’s insane. Let’s look at the history books. The Pirates in 1902 broke a 100 run differential faster–in 26 games. The Cubs, such slackers. Millenials, smh.
They only have 6 saves. They don’t need to save games. Put this in perspective. The Braves have won only 7 games. (I am going to work on just how much do the Braves suck next but I think I need a drink for that.)
RBIs: Rizzo-28. Zobrist-27 (He has never played at this level, clearly proving the NL is inferior 😉 ). Bryant-22. Russell-21. That’s 4 guys with RBI totals greater than 20. No fair. You are hoarding.
Lester’s outing was the 31st straight game by a Cubs starter of at least five innings. It’s the team’s second-longest stretch since at least 1910. The only longer one was 41 consecutive games from Sept. 15, 1926, to May 21, 1927.
Can you Cubs fans quit your negativity and whining? Lord!! Spare me this bullshit. Jinx? Really. Reallllllllllllly. Be HAPPY!!! Your team is AMAZEBALLS. I should be slapped for using the word amazeballs. I’m ashamed, really. You know why your team is so amazing? You have former Rays–Maddon, Martinez, and Zobrist. You are going to win. Of course, your team is awesome.
Theo also knows that as good as this team is, they have won nothing of significance yet. Not even a freaking cookie.
“When it happens to us and we haven’t earned (anything) yet, it does get a little uncomfortable. You would rather go in a vacuum and earn it. That’s not the reality. It’s nobody’s fault. But hopefully at the end of the year we’ll look up and say, ‘Hey, we earned what people were saying about us.'”
If Epstein ends this curse after ending Boston’s curse, it is clear that he is a witch. Brujo! Burn him. You know, I am a descendant of Spaniards. No one ever expects the Spanish Inquisition.