The 2007 Rockies posted a 20-8 mark in September, won 14 of its last 15 games, including 11 in a row, and overcame a 6-game deficit in the Wild Card standings to force a one-game playoff against the Padres.
Colorado‘s run was the fifth greatest comeback in MLB history, and that’s pretty much what the Cubs have to do to reach the postseason this year.
Let’s assume Chicago wins each of its 11 series left this season, meaning they take two of three or three of four games in each series, and we’ll even give them the win in the make-up game against the White Sox.
That comes out to 27 wins, which pushes Chicago‘s overall win total to 89.
In turn, St. Louis would have to go 17-19 the rest of the way to finish the season at 89 victories. Not impossible, but not likely either.
You can forget about the Wild Card, too. Four teams are above Chicago entering Tuesday’s schedule, and that’s asking a lot to go wrong in September for the Cubs to have a chance.
If not already depressed enough, the slightest misstep this week against the Nats or Mets could mean the Cubs enter September without a single meaningful game on the schedule.
A hard to believe fact about a club that was the sure-fire pick to win the NL Central.
Our hearts told us the season was over when Kevin Gregg blew the save in San Diego last Monday, just one week later the numbers confirm it…Rocktober be damned.