Cubs lose in finale

Cubs lost their final regular season game 8-4 against the Reds. Soriano hit his 12th lead-off home run of the season.

The Cubs finished 85-76. Who they’re going to play in the division series remains up in the air, but looks to be the D-Backs.

Here’s some stats for the regular season (of the everyday players)

Derek Lee lead the team with a BA of .317. Geovany Soto lead the team overall with a .404 average. Aramas Ramirez lead the team with a slugging percentage of .552, Alfonso Soriano was second with .550. Soto lead the team overall with a .662 slugging percentage.

Ramirez lead the team with 101 RBIs. Lee was second with 82. Mark DeRosa had 72. Soriano had 67 and Jacque Jones had 65 (Jones finished with a respectable .282 BA).

This was an uncharacteristic year for the Cubs in terms of home runs. Ramirez lead the team with 32 followed by Soriano with 26 and Lee with 22. The current roster had a combine 143 home runs (this total does not include those players who are no longer with the team). Something to point out, over 40 of those dingers came in the month of September, setting a major league record with the most home runs in a single month by any team.

Cubs set a franchise record with the most doubles in a single season. The current roster had 327 two baggers. This total doesn’t include those players who contributed to the total that are no longer with the team. Lee had 42 two baggers and Soriano had 41.

Soriano and Lee lead the team in strikeouts with 130 and 114 respecitvely.

Lee and Soriano lead the team in hits with 179 and 170 respectively.

The star reliever was Carlos Marmol. He pitched in 58 games and was 5-1 with a 1.45 ERA with 95 strikeouts and 35 walks in just 68.1 innings of work.

As for the starting rotation, Carlos Zambrano lead the team with 18 wins. Ted Lilly had the best ERA at 3.86. Rich Hill lead the team with 183 striketouts. Zambrano was second with 177 and Lilly third with 173.

Lilly gave up the most home runs of the starters with 28 and Marshall had the fewest with 13. In terms of a starter who was on the rotation at the beginning of the season, Jason Marquis gave up only 22 and Zambrano with 23 long balls.

Big Z lead the team again in walks with 101 followed by Marquis with 75. Lilly walked only 55 batters in 205 innings of work.

Ryan Dempster finished 28 of 31 in terms of save opportunities. Dempster finished the regular season with two wins and six losses. He compiled a 4.25 ERA over 65 innings and appeared in 65 games.

Bob Howry appeared in 77 games. Michael Wuertz appeared in 72 games.

Only Marquis and Zambrano pitched complete games with one each.

Zambrano appeared in the most innings with 216.1 innings over 34 games. Zambrano finished the year 18-13. He had three no decisions.

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GO CUBS!

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