Thursday, August 14, 2008

Overzealous Fan Declares Cubs Will Have Record For Greatest Run Differential; Jackass Sox Fan Does Research To Prove It's Unlikely

In my haste to crown the 2008 Cubs team the greatest of all time, I declared a while ago that the Cubs had a shot at the best run differential in baseball history. Of course, I did absolutely no research and declared that it was possible based purely on the Cubs dominance this season. Well, apparently I was way off on that "prediction". Thanks to hacocacyb, an NQTC reader who is also a pansy-ass Sox fan, who did some research based on facts instead of feelings, I find out that it is highly unlikely that the Cubs will set that record. The Cubs through 120 games have scored 645 runs and given up 490. That is a run differential of 155 so far, with 42 games to play. Lets look at the leaders in this category:

1939 New York Yankees - 106-45 (.702), led league in runs scored with 967 while allowing the fewest runs at 556, (421)
1998 New York Yankees - 114-48 (.704), led league in runs scored with 965 while allowing the fewest runs at 656, (409)
1927 New York Yankees - 110-44 (.714), led league in runs scored with 975 while allowing the fewest runs at 599, (376)
1902 Pittsburgh Pirates - 103-36 (.741), led league in runs scored with 775 while allowing the fewest runs at 440, (335)

To put that in perspective, to even come in 4th on this record, the Cubs would need to outscore their opponents by 180 in the next 42 games. Seems unlikely. You win hacocacyb, the Cubs probably won't set that record. Way to be a bitter Sox fan.

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