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Friday Cubs Trivia

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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?

A. Click here for the answer. Prior to that, you have to go all the way back to here.

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?

A. This guy has done it twice. Here were the individual games.

Hopefully that was some fun for you on this Friday. Here’s hoping for a series win against the Brewers this weekend.

  • BBCG: 105 Reasons

    well without looking….I will have to go Daczenso on the mound…I remember him pitching…no idea on the 9 earned runs…the 1981 team was so, so bad…I would say Ken Reitz though…I would go Sammy on the Cycle question….boy, I am risking my Cubs Cred a bit here

  • BBCG: 105 Reasons

    well without looking….I will have to go Daczenso on the mound…I remember him pitching…no idea on the 9 earned runs…the 1981 team was so, so bad…I would say Ken Reitz though…I would go Sammy on the Cycle question….boy, I am risking my Cubs Cred a bit here

  • Dork

    Houston has won 6 games in a row leaving the cubs alone for the first pick in the 2015 draft. So we have that going for us. When is the last time the cubs have won 6 in a row?

    • Cite your spreadsheet and get back to us.

      • Dork

        Google this time, apperently in August of 2011 the cubs won 7 in a row, hurting their draft stock of course (similar to what Houston is doing now…suckers) and leading to the last time the cubs won more than 66. All we could get in the next years draft was a guy named Baez with our poor positioning. It was the last pick by Jim Hendry, before draft postion became so important. If I remember Jim Hendry was fired about a month before that draft but the cubs decided not to tell anyone except Hendry. Ah the memories…depressing. So this is another thing I have to stop doing cubs trivia.

      • PLCB3

        You mean August 2010. After Pinella left to take care of his mom, Quade managed the rest of the year and the team went 24-13

      • Dork

        They did have a surge in 2010, but they did also win 7 in a row in August 2011. I guess both years hurting their draft position, but thanks for bringing up another crappy cubs memory

      • Leave it to CAPS to point out when you’re wrong, even when you’re not.

      • PLCB3

        Baez was drafted in 2011, a pick that was a result of the 2010 season. Even if they had that surge in 2011, that would impact the 2012 pick. Hendry was canned in August 2011.

      • Dork

        I guess I need to read that 105 years of misery book. Then again I am trying to remain positive and not think about Hendry and Pinella.

      • PLCB3

        The book is great. I have got 65 reasons down. Hendry once gave me the finger

      • That wasn’t what he was asked or what he answered. The question was when did the Cubs last win more than 6 games in a row. He answered, and you told him he was wrong. He wasn’t wrong.

      • PLCB3

        The rest of his post threw me off. Besides with the surge after Piniella it would not be unreasonable to think that a 7-game winning streak happened. I do remember the 7 gamer in 2011. Because I was having a cow that that streak would save Hendry’s job.

      • It definitely wouldn’t be unreasonable for you to think there might have been a similar streak in 2010. When you think something like that, maybe you should say something like “hmmm, I think maybe they might have won 7 in a row in 2010” instead of “You mean August 2010” which is what you said. I’ll make it crystal clear. Stop correcting people. They don’t need your help.

      • AC0000000

        Baez was drafted in 2011, a pick that was a result of the 2010 season. Even if they had that surge in 2011, that would impact the 2012 pick. Hendry was canned in August 2011.

      • Dork

        I guess I need to read that 105 years of misery book. Then again I am trying to remain positive and not think about Hendry and Pinella.

      • AC0000000

        The book is great. I have got 65 reasons down. Hendry once gave me the finger

      • That wasn’t what he was asked or what he answered. The question was when did the Cubs last win more than 6 games in a row. He answered, and you told him he was wrong. He wasn’t wrong.

      • AC0000000

        The rest of his post threw me off. Besides with the surge after Piniella it would not be unreasonable to think that a 7-game winning streak happened. I do remember the 7 gamer in 2011. Because I was having a cow that that streak would save Hendry’s job.

      • It definitely wouldn’t be unreasonable for you to think there might have been a similar streak in 2010. When you think something like that, maybe you should say something like “hmmm, I think maybe they might have won 7 in a row in 2010” instead of “You mean August 2010” which is what you said. I’ll make it crystal clear. Stop correcting people. They don’t need your help.

      • Dork

        I am becoming a grumpy old man – I have to stop and reset like the last article. Only positive from now on.
        Did you see that Bryant got his 16th HR?

  • Dork

    Houston has won 6 games in a row leaving the cubs alone for the first pick in the 2015 draft. So we have that going for us. When is the last time the cubs have won 6 in a row?

    • Cite your spreadsheet and get back to us.

      • Dork

        Google this time, apperently in August of 2011 the cubs won 7 in a row, hurting their draft stock of course (similar to what Houston is doing now…suckers) and leading to the last time the cubs won more than 66. All we could get in the next years draft was a guy named Baez with our poor positioning. It was the last pick by Jim Hendry, before draft postion became so important. If I remember Jim Hendry was fired about a month before that draft but the cubs decided not to tell anyone except Hendry. Ah the memories…depressing. So this is another thing I have to stop doing cubs trivia.

      • AC0000000

        You mean August 2010. After Pinella left to take care of his mom, Quade managed the rest of the year and the team went 24-13

      • Dork

        They did have a surge in 2010, but they did also win 7 in a row in August 2011. I guess both years hurting their draft position, but thanks for bringing up another crappy cubs memory

      • Dork

        I am becoming a grumpy old man – I have to stop and reset like the last article. Only positive from now on.
        Did you see that Bryant got his 16th HR?

  • PLCB3

    Gary Gaietti pitched in 1999. I believe in fact that he pitched twice.

    • PLCB3

      I am wrong. He only pitched once. He was, however, getting ready a second time

      • Doc Raker

        Gary Gaietti, another great Italian 3rd baseman. CAPS, what time is Zumba class tonight? I am thinking of missing the Blackhawks game and doing some Zumba instead.

      • PLCB3

        Thanks for reminding me to sign up. Class will be over at puck drop

  • AC0000000

    Gary Gaietti pitched in 1999. I believe in fact that he pitched twice.

    • AC0000000

      I am wrong. He only pitched once. He was, however, getting ready a second time

      • Doc Raker

        Gary Gaietti, another great Italian 3rd baseman. CAPS, what time is Zumba class tonight? I am thinking of missing the Blackhawks game and doing some Zumba instead.

      • AC0000000

        Thanks for reminding me to sign up. Class will be over at puck drop

  • kim099

    ……..

    • Doc Raker

      Hello Kim099
      What brings you around here? Just an FYI, Seymour likes to take his dates to Subway, CAPS batch cooks eggs and oatmeal, Jswan is busy with 2 small children and I like a nice chewy Cab to go with my steak. My wife usually goes with a salad or fish which is OK by me, I love a nice piece of fish also. Mark your calendar for the VFTB spring training weekend next March. We hope to see you there.

      • Seymour Butts

        Raker, you might want to click on her photo and read some of the posts before you get too excited about a new member.

      • I’m guessing that’s exactly why he IS excited about the new member.

      • Doc Raker

        Didn’t click on it, just a little levity with a new visitor to VFTB. I was amused.

      • kim099

        Oh hello I was just wondering the web and just decided to say hi!lol

  • kim099

    ……..

    • Doc Raker

      Hello Kim099
      What brings you around here? Just an FYI, Seymour likes to take his dates to Subway, CAPS batch cooks eggs and oatmeal, Jswan is busy with 2 small children and I like a nice chewy Cab to go with my steak. My wife usually goes with a salad or fish which is OK by me, I love a nice piece of fish also. Mark your calendar for the VFTB spring training weekend next March. We hope to see you there.

      • Seymour Butts

        Raker, you might want to click on her photo and read some of the posts before you get too excited about a new member.

      • I’m guessing that’s exactly why he IS excited about the new member.

      • Doc Raker

        Didn’t click on it, just a little levity with a new visitor to VFTB. I was amused.

      • kim099

        Oh hello I was just wondering the web and just decided to say hi!lol

  • Doc Raker

    Did the Cubs lose again last night? I was busy watching the Blackhawks beat the Kings in one of the most exciting playoff games I have ever seen. Kaner is doing special things, let’s hope it continues in game 7 on Sunday. Any Chicago fan that isn’t paying attention to the Hawks and the special talent they have is missing out.

  • Doc Raker

    Did the Cubs lose again last night? I was busy watching the Blackhawks beat the Kings in one of the most exciting playoff games I have ever seen. Kaner is doing special things, let’s hope it continues in game 7 on Sunday. Any Chicago fan that isn’t paying attention to the Hawks and the special talent they have is missing out.