I wouldn’t dare call the Cubs’ 7-2 victory against the D-Backs on Sunday a big-win, but it does afford Chicago the chance to finish the season on somewhat of a high note.
By avoiding its 100-loss of the season at Arizona the Cubs (60-99) return home to wrap up the final series of the year against Houston–a three-game set the Cubs could sweep to end the season with 99-losses instead of the dreaded triple digits in the loss column.
Only the Astros (53-106) have a worse record in the majors than the Cubs, and only the Astros can be thought of as possible sweep-meat for Chicago.
It doesn’t hurt Houston’s an embarrassing (18-60) on the road and playing for a dead duck manager in Tony DeFrancesco now that Nationals’ third base coach Bo Porter has been named the new skipper for 2013.
This season the Cubs are (7-5) against Houston head-to-head having outscored them by only seven runs total in the 12-games. However, Chicago is (5-1) against Houston at Wrigley Field.
The lone home loss came courtesy of Chris Volstad (3-11, 6.64) who allowed 4 ER in 5.0 innings of an eventual 10-1 final score back in August, and it’s Volstad who pitches Game 2 Tuesday night.
Jason Berken (0-2, 5.14) opens the series on Monday and Travis Wood (6-13, 4.39) closes the lid on Wednesday afternoon.
Come to think of it, the Cubs may have just delayed the inevitable this weekend…99-losses and counting?