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The 2012 Chicago Cubs’ “First Half” by the Numbers

Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News

While the All-Star break doesn’t actually mark the end of the first half of the season – with 85 games in the book for the Cubs, there are just 77 left – it has become the nominal “first half” for these kind of mid-season run downs. And I’m nothing if not a lemming, so here is your Cubs’ first half, by the numbers:


33 – The number of Cubs wins.

52 – The number of Cubs losses.

1 – The number of days the Cubs were reasonably in contention.

.291 – Starlin Castro’s team-leading batting average.

.736 – Starlin Castro’s OPS.

.722 – Travis Wood’s OPS.

.177 – Geovany Soto’s team … losing batting average.

1.055 – Anthony Rizzo’s OPS! (RizzOMG!)

49 – Anthony Rizzo’s plate appearances. (oh.)

1 – The number of walks Anthony Rizzo has taken in those 49 plate appearances.

.843 – Jeff Baker’s OPS against lefties.

14 – The number of Bryan LaHair homers.

30 – The number of Bryan LaHair RBI.

0 – The number of Alfonso Soriano homers in April.

15 – The number of Alfonso Soriano homers thereafter.

.288 – Steve Clevenger’s OBP.

25 – The number of Tony Campana stolen bases.

1 – The number of times Tony Campana has started in the last 17 days.

.308 – Tony Campana’s OBP.

6 – The team-leading number of wins, shared by Jeff Samardzija and Paul Maholm.

4.57 – Paul Maholm’s ERA.

4.71 – Jeff Samardzija’s ERA.

10 – The number of walks issued by Shawn Camp in 45 innings.

28 – The number of walks issued by Carlos Marmol in 25.2 innings.

1.99 – Ryan Dempster’s team-leading, and pretty-much-league-leading ERA.

1.80 – Manny Corpas’s ERA (15 innings).

8.31 – Kerry Wood’s ERA.

1 – The number of times Kerry Wood retired.

100% – The amount I still love Kerry Wood.

54 – The number of days since you last thought about Lendy Castillo (he last pitched on May 11, and was put on the DL on May 16).

4.36 – The Cubs’ team ERA.

.686 – The Cubs’ team OPS.

25, 26 – The Cubs’ rank in MLB in ERA and OPS, respectively.

0 – The number of Cubs in the top 70 of runs scored.

37 – The place of David DeJesus in OBP ranking in baseball, which .359 OBP leads the Cubs.

98 – The place of Alfonso Soriano in OBP ranking in baseball, which .323 OBP is second on the Cubs among qualifiers.

15 – Games back the Cubs are in the NL Central.

0.5 – Games ahead of the Astros the Cubs are, landing them in fifth place (not last) at the turn.

0.0% – The chance the Cubs have of making the playoffs at this point, according to Baseball Prospectus.

.623 – The winning percentage the Cubs would need over the remaining 77 games just to get to 81 wins.

0 – The number of teams that presently enjoy a winning percentage better than .612.

If you’ve got more, offer ’em up in the comments.


Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.