Turns Out, the Cubs’ Offense Just Set a Modern Franchise Record
I think most of us have been playing this game by now: even when the Cubs are losing, waiting to see that they score at least one run to keep the shutout-less streak alive.
A few games ago, it came right down to the wire and required a two-out, 9th-inning home run from Christopher Morel to get the Cubs a run against the Phillies. That kept the streak alive.
Anyway, with some more run scoring this week, the Cubs still haven’t been shut out yet this year. I knew that part, because, like I said, I had kinda cheekily started keeping track.
What I didn’t know was that the modern Cubs had NEVER done this before:
It’s really that rare to go 48 straight scoring at least one run to open a season? Well, at least, that rare for the Cubs? That’s kinda crazy that we just watched that happen, especially when you consider some of the foibles of this offensive unit (specifically, the sometimes deep struggles with runners in scoring position and/or in high-leverage moments).
For all of baseball, there are streaks that are MUCH longer (at least as of this 2019 article). No surprise, but the Ruth-Gehrig era Yankees had a stretch of 308(!) straight games without being shut out. The 2018-19 Yankees did it for 220 straight games.