Here’s a scary thought; the Cubs might not reach the .500 mark at all this season thanks to its (0-2) start.
If that sounds preposterous, it shouldn’t.
Washington is just one win away from sweeping the season opening series and sending the Cubs to its worst start in 15 years (0-14, 1997).
If, however, Chicago does win its first game of the season on Sunday, the .500 mark still remains in jeopardy with an unforgiving April schedule ahead.
The Cubs face three division foes in the coming weeks in addition to road trips against the re-tooled Miami Marlins & the reigning NL East champion Philadelphia Phillies.
Six games are scheduled against St. Louis, four against Milwaukee and three vs. Cincinnati–all likely contenders for the NL Central title.
Depending on the outcome of Sunday’s game, the Cubs would need either 12 or 13 wins vs. contending teams to reach the .500 mark come May 1st.
Not impossible, but not a sure bet, either.
Of course, even a sub.500 record following April still leaves five months and 139 games to reach a .500 record come season’s end. But who’s picking the Cubs to win more than 81 games to begin with?
Last year the Cubs went (12-14) in April while managing just one winning month the entire season (August, 16-13). And after a (10-10) mark to begin the campaign, Mike Quade’s Cubs never sniffed .500 again.
Who ever thought Dale Sveum might not be be as lucky?