2008 was a great year. 14-6 in the first 20 games, however, they did lose the first game of the year.
Since 2000, the Cubs have won the season opener 6 out of 13 times. In 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2009. The Cubs have not won the first two games of the season in the 21st century.
World Series winners and the way they started the season goes like this: 2012: S.F. - L3 2011: St. Louis - L2 2010: S.F. - W4 2009: NYY - L2 2008: Phi - L2 2007: Bos - L1 2006: St. Louis - W3 2005: CWS - W2 2004: Bos - L1 2003: Fla - L2 2002: Ana - L1 2001: Arz - W2 2000 NYY - W2
What can we learn from this data? Absolutely nothing. You're welcome.
So, though many people like to rail on Theo for the crap year last year, you can see they only dropped 10 games, which is only tied for the 3rd worst drop off they've had since 2000. Given the way they sold off so much at the trade deadline last year, it could have been much worse.
Another interesting point is that both times the Cubs have won games in the 60's, they bounced back the following year with +21 and +19 wins. Doesn't necessarily mean that will happen this year, but just an interesting fact to point out, and something to give us hope early in the season.
My name is Tyler. And I am a college student currently working for the housing, and newspaper. I love the Cubs..and I stepped into bleacher nation on the wrong foot and am very sorry for the inconvenience that I caused.
What confuses me is many of the same people who are crusading against tobacco smoking are ok with weed smoking.
Come on, Joe. Many of the same people who are are against prescription painkiller addiction are willing to take a tylenol when they have a headache. That doesn't make them hypocrites for being willing to take a painkiller in pill form.