By Doug Halberstadt
Thankfully, the Major League Baseball season has come to a merciful ending for the Cubs, Sox and Brewers. Last Sunday (Sept. 29), all three teams from our immediate area closed out their seasons with losses.
The Chicago White Sox had the worst record of all three. They dropped Sunday’s game to the Kansas City Royals 4-1. The loss was their 99th of the year. They were only able to pick up 66 wins. That gave them a .389 winning percentage and secured them last place in the Central Division of the American League.
Their National League counterparts from across town didn’t fare much better. They finished the year with a 66-96 record for a .407 winning percentage. Their long-time rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, swept the Cubs in their final series of the year, including a 4-0 shut out Sunday, Sept. 29. The Cubs finished in last place in the Central Division of the National League.
Chicago’s neighbors to the north, the Milwaukee Brewers, also had a sub-.500 season. They finished with a .457 winning percentage. Their 74-88 record put them just ahead of the Cubs for fifth place in the N.L. Central. The New York Mets beat the Brewers 3-2 in their final game of 2013.
The Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox tied for the best record in baseball during the regular season. Both teams finished the year with a record of 97-65 for a .599 winning percentage.
The Cardinals will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Their opening-round series will start tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 3) against the winner of the National League Wild Card game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates (results of Tuesday’s game unavailable at press time).
For the Cubs, Sox and Brewers, they’ll have all fall and winter to try to figure out where things went wrong this year and what can be done to get them fixed in time for the 2014 season. I’m not sure that’s even enough time to cure all their woes.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
Posted Oct. 2, 2013