Joe Maddon explains why he wants the Chicago Cubs to win 100 games
The Chicago Cubs clinched the NL Central more than a week ago and wrapped up home-field advantage in the NL during the playoffs Friday. But there’s still one more objective for the regular season.
“[Home field is] one of our goals,” manager Joe Maddon said, per MLB.com. “The other one is to get 100 wins.”
The Cubs entered Saturday’s play with 98 wins – and remain stuck there after a 10-4 loss to the Cardinals. But getting those next two victories are important to manager Joe Maddon.
“Ninety is special. When you think 90 wins, that should get you to the dance. When you get a chance to do 100, that is really special. I don't know how many times it's happened here. It indicates your tenacity per day to do something like that. … First, you have to be good, and second of all, you have to approach the day properly. We've been fortunate with our starting pitching that they've gotten their normal turn.”
Whatever it takes to keep the team motivated for the next week.
For the record, the last time the Cubs won at least 100 games was in 1935. However, winning 100 games hasn't necessarily been a good indicator of postseason success in recent years.