Eighty two wins.
18 more = 100.
I heard on yesterday's radio broadcast that they're actually projected to win 105 games.
One hundred and five games.
Here's a fun thing to try: name the starting Cub lineup from 5 years ago.
I'll give you a minute.
This is the lineup from opening day in 2011:
Kosuke Fukudome - RF
Starlin Castro - SS
Marlon Byrd - CF
Aramis Ramirez - 3B
Carlos Pena - 1B
Geovany Soto - C
Alfonso Soriano - LF
Darwin Barney - 2B
Ryan Dempster - P
Others of note (or not):
Infielers - DJ LeMahieu, Blake DeWitt, Bryan LaHair (would be an all-star the next year), Jeff Baker.
Outfielders - Tyler Colvin, Tony Campana, Reed Johnson, Brad Snyder, Lou Montanez
Catchers - Welly Castillo, Steve Clevenger, Koyie Hill
Pitchers - Carlos Zambrano, Randy Wells, Jeff Samardzija, Matt Garza, Kerry Wood, Casey Coleman, Sean Marshall, Andrew Cashner, Scott Maine, Doug Davis, Carlos Marmol, James Russell, and other guys I don't even recognize the name at all.
How far they've come.
They won 71 games in 2011.
And now it's 82 with 35 games to go.
Yesterday we got to listen to the game in the car driving back from Minocqua.
Soon as I got home I turned it on and I swear to God that Pedro Baez bugs the living crap out of me.
I was SO pumped to see some actual Cubs action, and instead it's that guy on the mound just out to wreck my fun.
He threw 29 pitches and Len or JD said he was averaging a pitch a minute.
So like, a half hour for 2 outs.
But the Bryant at-bat was fantastic, the concentration he had to muster in a 10 minute BB was good stuff.
In the end it was Dodgers 3 Cubs 2, and you just look back at the first inning when Fowler walked, Bryant singles, Rizzo singles and Fowler scores and the kid from LA, Julio Urias, was totally on the ropes.
Zobrist sac bunts which was kinda weird.
Then Russell and Soler strike out looking.
Oh well, rubber match in a couple hours.
Jon Lester vs a Dodger emergency starter named Brock Stewart who's given up 5 homers and 7 BBs in the 12 Big League innings of his life.
Not gonna jinx anything, but man this should be ugly for the other guys in white and blue.