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.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail