One of the few highlights baseball wise for the Chicago Cubs this season was that they finished this year with a winning record at home. A small step in the right direction, as this is something they haven’t done since finishing 46-34 back in 2009.
Going back to that season, the Cubs were in 1st place in late July-early August. Then the wheels started to come off as Carlos Zambrano, among others, couldn’t win down the stretch. They did end up having a fairly good season, going 83-78 overall.
This season, however, the Cubs played pretty well at home. They were an even 40-40 going into the final home game on Wednesday. It’s not much of a storyline for a team that has already clinched a postseason berth, like their counterparts the St. Louis Cardinals, but for the Cubs this was another positive for a team in the midst of rebuilding.
The stage was set with Cubs ace Jake Arrieta facing off against the Cardinals’ John Lackey. Arrieta helped himself with a two-run triple that gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 4th.
The Cubs made it interesting in the 9th though; however, the Cardinals grounded out to end the game, and the Cubs won 3-1. Arrieta got his 10th win, which is pretty impressive for a team that has only won 71 games with three to go and for a guy who was out the first month and a half of the season.
So, while the Cubs look to improve for 2015 and beyond, this little nugget of having a winning home record for the first time since 2009 is something to hold onto to. For now.
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