They've given other teams 367 bases on balls.
I'd love to have the time to look up how many of these resulted in not just first base, but moving runners along and/or eventually leading to runs.
In this reaallyy looooooong and unsatisfying Dodger series, the Cubs gave them 19 BBs.
While taking 8.
So the differential is a -70.
I don't know if that leads all baseball, but for comparison the Brewers have given 313 and taken 264, so they're -49.
The Cardinals on the other hand have given up 287 while taking 324, so they're +37 freebies.
And got swept 4-0.
Looking at the scores and watching the Cubs leave all those guys on base yesterday, I thought: well it's the fault of the Cub bats.
But it's those damn BB's that'll kill you, man.
But pretty soon one would think this will drastically change.
I mean, once the Cubs Way kicks in full time.
Went to Lollapalooza on Saturday specifically to see The National (nothing to do with baseball).
I'd never seen them and they were SO good live.
Also saw about a million young kids absolutely going nuts for Charles Bradley, who I'd never heard of but man what a band and what a voice.