Around The Horn: The Cubs & Wrigley Field
Chicago enters its final game vs. the Nationals on Thursday afternoon having dropped 15 of its last 18 games at Wrigley Field.
- Jeff Samardzija is 7-11 with a 4.12 ERA
- Edwin Jackson is 7-13 with a 4.89 ERA
- Travis Wood is 7-10 with a 3.13 ERA
- Jake Arrieta is 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA
- Chris Rusin is 2-3 with a 3.08 ERA
2012 Park Factor (Park Factor compares the rate of stats at home vs. the rate of stats on the road. A rate below 1.000 favors the pitcher. Higher than 1.000 favors the hitter).
- Runs: 1.024
- HR: 0.962
- H: 0.981
- 2B: 1.077
- 3B: 0.930
- BB: 1.134
Interesting facts about Wrigley: The oldest National League facility and second oldest in MLB, it has been the home ballpark of the Cubs since 1916. Originally built for the Chicago Federal League baseball team the Chicago Whales. From 1921 to 1970 it also served as the home field of the Chicago Bears. The facility also hosted the second annual NHL Winter Classic in 2009. "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks nicknamed the park "The Friendly Confines". It is the 10th-smallest actively used ballpark with a capacity of just over 41,000. To say there is a lot of history surrounding this place would be an understatement obviously, but to summarize what the park is most famous for: its unusual wind patterns off Lake Michigan, the "hand turned" scoreboard, the ivy covered brick outfield wall, the red marquee over the main entrance and the fact that it was the last major league park to have lights installed for play after dark (installed in 1988). "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" is sung by different notable people during the stretch, a tradition started by Hall of Fame announcer Harry Caray in 1982.
Has home field been an advantage for the Cubs over the last five years?
- 2008: 97-64 overall. 55-26 at home. 42-38 on road.
- 2009: 83-78 overall. 46-34 at home. 37-44 on road.
- 2010: 75-87 overall. 35-46 at home. 40-41 on road.
- 2011: 71-91 overall. 39-42 at home. 32-49 on road.
- 2012: 61-101 overall. 38-43 at home. 23-58 on road.
2013 as of writing: 54-72 overall. 25-40 at home. 29-32 on road.
Over the last half decade, the Cubs have finished in first place in the NL Central, and also in last. But with three sub-par records over the last five years, and with what must be considered an overall brutal performance once again in 2013, it's safe to say that home field is not an advantage for the Cubbies.
The Cubs host the Phillies at the end of the month for a three-game set.
These teams played three in Philadelphia earlier this month and the home side went 2-1.
They played against each other twice in 2012 at Wrigley Field and the Cubs lost both.
- Ben Burns
- February 10, 2016 - 7:00 PM
- Offered at:
- pinnacle @ -8.5 -101 Wisconsin
**UNBELIEVEABLE BUT TRUE!** Ben Burns was a PERFECT 7-0 on Tuesday and is now an ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS 20-2 over the past four days. Here, Ben takes a look at this evening's Nebraska/Wisconsin contest.
The coaching change a distant memory, Wisconsin is playing its best basketball these days. The Badgers check in off a double-digit win over Ohio State and with a 5-0 SU/ATS record over their past five games.
The Huskers are also off a big win. However, it was a costly one. Senior forward Shavon Shields suffered a concussion and won't be at tonight's game. He hasn't even been able to attend classes this week and its been emotional for the entire team. Shields is both a skilled scorer and an inspirational leader. He's started more than 100 consecutive games for this team; only five other players in school history can say that. I believe he's going to be missed.
With an O/U line in the mid-high 130s, the pace figures to favor the Badgers. Nebraska is 8-18-1 ATS (5-22 SU) the last 27 times it played a road game with an O/U line in the 135 to 139.5 range. Wisconsin, on the other hand, is 18-8-1 ATS (25-2 SU) the last 27 times it played a home game with a total in the 135 to 139.5 range.
The Huskers won last season's meeting here by 15 points. Given the way they're playing right now and with Nebraska playing sans Shields, another double-digit win won't surprise. Consider laying the points.