#Cubs at the halfway mark

The Cubs are 40–41 at the halfway point following Saturday’s loss to the Reds. Last year, they were 51–30 after 81 games.

Let’s compare:

In 2016, the Cubs posted 54 quality starts through the first 81 games with a 2.88 ERA from their starting pitchers overall. This year, the Cubs have 33 quality starts through 81 games with a 4.54 ERA from the starters.

This year, the Cubs bullpen has a 3.31 team ERA, 40 holds and 20 saves at the halfway mark. Last year, the ‘pen had a 3.61 team ERA, 35 holds and 14 saves.

Offensively, the Cubs have a collective .323 on-base percentage and .415 slugging percentage. Through 81 games last year, the Cubs had a collective .346 on-base percentage and a .432 slugging percentage.

Defensively, the Cubs had a .984 team fielding percentage through 81 games in 2016 and committed 50 errors. This year, they have a .983 team fielding percentage through 81 games and have made 53 errors.

Looking ahead:

Of the 81 games remaining, 57 are against teams currently below .500, or 70 percent of them.

Nine of the final 81 games are against teams that are currently more than five games above .500 (six games for a home-and-home against the D-Backs and three games at home vs the Nationals).

Rays at Cubs:

Tue: RHP John Lackey (5–9, 5.24) vs. RHP Chris Archer (6–5, 3.92)
Wed: LHP Jon Lester (5–4, 3.69) vs. LHP Blake Snell (0–5, 5.36)

Throwback photo to Wrigley pre-video board