This year we saw a really weird occurrence where Jeff Samardzija pitched out of his mind and had zero wins to show for it. There were stats galore about if it had even been done before. I haven’t posted much about it this season, but I’m a big fan of Baseball Reference and their play index tool. I used that to come up with some questions. See if you can guess when the last time these events happened and by who.
Q. When was the last time a position player pitched for the Cubs in a game?
Q. When was the last time a Cubs pitcher gave up 9 runs or more and still got a win?
A. It’s happened four times, but the most recent was here. Poor Samardzija.
Q. Who was the last Cub hitter to qualify for the batting title based on number of plate appearances, but hit under .200?
A. Mike Olt has hope because this guy did it in 1981
Q. Who holds the Cubs record for most games falling a single short of the cycle?
Hopefully that was some fun for you on this Friday. Here’s hoping for a series win against the Brewers this weekend.