The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds have faced off for the final time during the 2012 MLB season. The Reds completed a three-game sweep when they defeated the Cubs at Wrigley Field, 5-3. The game was played on September 20.
Through six innings, the game was scoreless. Cubs starting pitcher Jason Berken surrendered two hits and two walks. Manny Corpas replaced him in the seventh inning. Corpas surrendered five earned runs. The Cubs scored one run in each of the final three innings.
For the season, the Cubs have a 4-12 record against the Reds. Since August 10, the Cubs have lost nine of 10 games against the Reds. The Cubs' only victory occurred in the second game of a doubleheader on August 18. Following the trade deadline, the Cubs just haven't been able to compete since they traded so many of their short-term assets
What does this sweep mean for the Cubs? In the short term, the 100-loss regular season has become more of a possibility. With 12 games remaining, the Cubs have a 58-92 record. To avoid 100 losses, they must finish these games with a 5-7 record (63-99 overall record). Here's a peak at their remaining schedule:
September 21-23: St. Louis Cardinals (80-70 record)
September 25-27: at Colorado Rockies (58-91 record)
September 28-30: at Arizona Diamondbacks (74-75 record)
October 1-3: Houston Astros (48-102 record)
The Cubs are fortunate to have a "Get out of jail free card" at the end of the season. They should win at least two of three games against the Houston Astros. In that scenario, they'd need to finish with a 3-6 record against a slate of opponents that includes the St. Louis Cardinals, Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks. The Cubs and Rockies are positioned for the second pick in the 2013 MLB Draft.
What does this sweep mean for the long term? Not much. However, it was a good opportunity for the young players to witness what they're striving to become. With a 91-59 record, the Reds are practically an inversion to the Cubs (58-92 record). Once this rebuilding period reaches its next phase, Cubs fans are hoping that their team will enjoy the same type of success.
Joshua Huffman grew up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula as a Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs enthusiast. He immediately gained an admiration for Cubs fans after watching numerous games on WGN during the mid-90s. His favorite Cubs moment was Kerry Wood's(notes) 1-hitter, 20K extravaganza that was only denied of a no-hitter by Kevin Orie's defensive blunder. As a Packers and Cubs fan, he suffered through Steve Bartman and "4th & 26" in a span of three months. He can be found on Twitter HERE.
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