The Quest for 100 LossesSince the beginning of the 2012 baseball season, I've stated that the win-loss record doesn't matter for the Chicago Cubs. The team has new management and are transitioning into the 21st Century. While tonight's game is not yet final (9-0 in the eighth inning), I'm going to throw this one in the loss column.
With a history that dates back to 1876, the Cubs have only lost 100 or more games twice. They achieved the feat in 1962 and 1966. Both times they finished with 59-103 records. During my lifetime, the closest to 100 losses occurred in 1980 when they finished 64-98. Assuming they fall to the Washington Nationals tonight, they will lock up their 85th loss of the season. This season is currently ranked as the 39th worst in franchise history. A loss tonight will move it into a tie for 35th worst.
After tonight, the Cubs will have 26 games remaining on the schedule. They will need to win 12 of their final 26 not to reach 100 losses.