2014 Chicago Cubs season

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2014 Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs logo.svg
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 73–89 (.451)
Divisional place 5th
Other information
Owner(s) Tom Ricketts
General manager(s) Jed Hoyer
Manager(s) Rick Renteria
Local television WGN-TV
WGN America
CSN Chicago
CSN Chicago Plus
WCIU-TV
(Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies)
Local radio WGN (AM)
Chicago Cubs Radio Network
(Pat Hughes, Ron Coomer, Judd Sirott)
Stats ESPN.com
BB-reference
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The 2014 Chicago Cubs season was the 143rd season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 139th in the National League and the 99th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs began the season on the road against the Pittsburgh Pirates on March 31, 2014 and finished the regular season on September 28, 2014, on the road against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs finished the season with a 73–89 record in last place in the National League Central Division in Rick Renteria's first and only season as manager.[1]

This season marked the 100th season of play at Wrigley Field, though the Cubs did not start playing there until 1916. To mark the occasion, the Cubs wore different uniforms to represent each decade during ten homestands throughout the season.

The season marked the third year of the Cubs rebuild under President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer which would result in the Cubs breaking their 108-year World Series drought and lead the Cubs to the 2016 World Series championship.

During the season, the Cubs drafted Kyle Schwarber with the fourth overall pick of the 2014 Draft who would play an important role in the 2016 World Series.[2]

Offseason[edit]

Dale Sveum was fired as manager on September 30, 2013. His total record with the Cubs in two years was 127–197. Rick Renteria was hired as the manager of the Chicago Cubs on November 7, 2013 and signed a three-year contract.[3]

Spring training[edit]

The Cubs opened a new spring training facility in Mesa, Arizona called Cubs Park. The park replaces HoHoKam Stadium which had been their spring training home since 1979.[4] With a capacity of 15,000, Cubs Park becomes the largest spring training stadium by capacity in Major League Baseball, surpassing Camelback Ranch in Glendale.[5]

Regular season transactions[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Opening day starters[edit]

Monday, March 31, 2014 at Pittsburgh Pirates

Name Pos.
Emilio Bonifacio CF
Starlin Castro SS
Darwin Barney 2B
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Nate Schierholtz RF
Welington Castillo C
Mike Olt 3B
Junior Lake LF
Jeff Samardzija SP

Season standings[edit]

National League Central[edit]

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 90 72 0.556 51–30 39–42
Pittsburgh Pirates 88 74 0.543 2 51–30 37–44
Milwaukee Brewers 82 80 0.506 8 42–39 40–41
Cincinnati Reds 76 86 0.469 14 44–37 32–49
Chicago Cubs 73 89 0.451 17 41–40 32–49


National League Wild Card[edit]

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Washington Nationals 96 66 0.593
Los Angeles Dodgers 94 68 0.580
St. Louis Cardinals 90 72 0.556


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 88 74 0.543
San Francisco Giants 88 74 0.543
Milwaukee Brewers 82 80 0.506 6
New York Mets 79 83 0.488 9
Atlanta Braves 79 83 0.488 9
San Diego Padres 77 85 0.475 11
Miami Marlins 77 85 0.475 11
Cincinnati Reds 76 86 0.469 12
Philadelphia Phillies 73 89 0.451 15
Chicago Cubs 73 89 0.451 15
Colorado Rockies 66 96 0.407 22
Arizona Diamondbacks 64 98 0.395 24


Record vs. opponents[edit]

2014 National League Records

Source: Standings Head-to-Head
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL LAD MIA MIL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL WSH AL
Arizona 3–3 5–2 3–4 9–10 4–15 3–4 3–4 2–4 2–4 3–4 12–7 6–13 1–5 1–6 7–13
Atlanta 3–3 5–1 5–2 4–3 1–6 9–10 5–2 9–10 11–8 3–4 3–4 1–5 2–4 11–8 7–13
Chicago 2–5 1–5 8–11 5–2 3–4 4–2 11–8 5–2 3–3 5–14 3–4 2–4 9–10 3–4 9–11
Cincinnati 4–3 2–5 11–8 3–4 3–4 4–3 10–9 2–4 3–3 12-7 1–5 5–2 7–12 3–3 6–14
Colorado 10–9 3–4 2–5 4–3 6–13 3–4 1–6 3–4 3–3 2–4 10–9 10–9 1–5 1–5 7–13
Los Angeles 15–4 6–1 4–3 4–3 13–6 3–3 1–5 4–2 3–4 2–5 12–7 10–9 4–3 2–4 11–9
Miami 4–3 10–9 2–4 3–4 4–3 3–3 3–4 8–11 9–10 2–4 3–4 3–4 4–2 6–13 13–7
Milwaukee 4–3 2–5 8–11 9–10 6–1 5–1 4–3 4–3 3–4 12–7 3–3 2–4 7–12 2–4 11–9
New York 4–2 10–9 2–5 4–2 4–3 2–4 11–8 3–4 13–6 3–4 3–3 1–6 4–3 4–15 11–9
Philadelphia 4–2 8–11 3–3 3–3 3–3 4–3 10–9 4–3 6–13 1–6 4–3 2–5 4–3 10–9 7–13
Pittsburgh 4–3 4–3 14–5 7–12 4–2 5–2 4–2 7-12 4–3 6–1 3–3 4–2 8–11 3–4 11–9
San Diego 7–12 4–3 4–3 5–1 9–10 7–12 4–3 3–3 3–3 3–4 3–3 10–9 3–4 3–4 9–11
San Francisco 13–6 5–1 4–2 2–5 9–10 9–10 4–3 4–2 6–1 5–2 2–4 9–10 4–3 2–5 10–10
St. Louis 5–1 4–2 10–9 12–7 5–1 3–4 2–4 12–7 3–4 3–4 11–8 4–3 3–4 5–2 8–12
Washington 6–1 8–11 4–3 3–3 5–1 4–2 13–6 4–2 15–4 9–10 4–3 4–3 5–2 2–5 10–10


Detailed record vs. opponents[edit]

Game log[edit]

2014 Game Log: 73–89 (Home: 41–40; Away: 32–49)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement
Bold = Cubs team member

Note: The Cubs finished their first winning season at Wrigley Field since 2009 with a record of 41–40.[9] 2,652,113 fans attended Cubs home games which was the best since the 2008 season.[10]

Roster[edit]

2014 Chicago Cubs
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaching Staff

Statistics[edit]

Batting[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs Scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home Runs; Avg. = Batting Average; RBI = Runs Batted In; SB = Stolen Bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
Alcántara, ArismendyArismendy Alcántara 59 238 28 51 8 1 9 22 .214 8
Baez, JavierJavier Baez 38 155 19 27 6 0 9 18 .174 3
Baker, JohnJohn Baker 63 169 9 33 7 0 0 13 .195 0
Barney, DarwinDarwin Barney 72 129 18 47 10 2 2 16 .217 1
Bonifacio, EmilioEmilio Bonifacio 69 276 35 77 14 3 2 18 .279 14
Castillo, WelingtonWelington Castillo 101 352 25 86 19 0 11 42 .244 0
Castro, StarlinStarlin Castro 134 528 58 154 33 1 14 65 .292 4
Coghlan, ChrisChris Coghlan 111 337 40 91 23 5 6 31 .270 6
Kalish, RyanRyan Kalish 45 102 12 24 2 4 0 4 .235 3
Lake, JuniorJunior Lake 103 300 30 63 10 3 9 25 .210 7
Olt, MikeMike Olt 80 212 21 33 7 0 12 32 .156 0
Rizzo, AnthonyAnthony Rizzo 129 486 81 135 23 1 30 71 .278 4
Ruggiano, JustinJustin Ruggiano 81 224 29 63 13 1 6 28 .281 2
Schierholtz, NateNate Schierholtz 99 313 29 60 10 3 6 33 .192 4
Soler, JorgeJorge Soler 12 45 7 16 5 0 4 13 .356 0
Sweeney, RyanRyan Sweeney 77 207 22 52 9 0 3 20 .251 0
Szczur, MattMatt Szczur 23 42 2 11 1 0 1 3 .262 0
Valaika, ChrisChris Valaika 33 93 8 22 2 0 3 10 .237 1
Valbuena, LuisLuis Valbuena 136 436 60 108 30 4 16 48 .248 1
Watkins, LoganLogan Watkins 19 44 7 13 1 0 1 5 .295 1
Whiteside, EliEli Whiteside 8 25 0 3 1 0 0 2 .120 1

Source[11]

Pitching[edit]

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
Arrieta, JakeJake Arrieta 10 5 2.53 25 25 0 156.2 46 44 41 167
Beeler, DallasDallas Beeler 0 2 3.27 2 20 0 11.0 5 4 7 6
Doubront, FelixFelix Doubront 2 1 1.50 3 3 0 18.0 3 3 4 6
Grimm, JustinJustin Grimm 4 2 3.92 68 0 0 64.1 31 28 26 67
Hammel, JasonJason Hammel 8 5 2.98 17 17 0 108.2 36 36 23 104
Hendricks, KyleKyle Hendricks 6 2 2.38 11 11 0 68.0 20 18 14 39
Jackson, EdwinEdwin Jackson 6 15 6.33 28 27 0 140.2 105 99 63 123
Parker, BlakeBlake Parker 1 1 6.35 14 0 0 17.0 12 12 4 19
Ramirez, NeilNeil Ramirez 2 2 1.38 45 0 3 39.0 6 6 15 50
Rondón, HéctorHéctor Rondón 3 4 2.72 57 0 24 56.1 21 17 13 60
Rosscup, ZacZac Rosscup 0 0 11.70 14 0 0 10.0 13 13 11 13
Rusin, ChrisChris Rusin 0 0 7.11 4 0 0 12.2 10 10 5 8
Russell, JamesJames Russell 0 2 3.51 44 0 1 33.1 14 13 16 26
Samardzija, JeffJeff Samardzija 2 7 2.83 17 17 0 108.0 44 34 31 103
Schlitter, BrianBrian Schlitter 2 3 4.08 57 0 0 53.0 27 24 16 28
Straily, DanDan Straily 0 1 10.45 4 1 0 10.1 14 12 6 9
Strop, PedroPedro Strop 2 4 2.29 59 0 2 55.0 18 14 24 63
Turner, JacobJacob Turner 1 2 5.31 5 3 0 20.1 13 12 4 11
Veras, JoséJosé Veras 0 1 8.10 12 0 2 13.1 12 12 11 13
Villanueva, CarlosCarlos Villanueva 5 7 4.74 40 5 2 74.0 41 39 19 68
Wada, TsuyoshiTsuyoshi Wada 4 3 3.34 11 11 0 59.1 25 22 17 48
Wood, TravisTravis Wood 8 12 5.03 29 29 0 162.2 103 91 71 134
Wright, WesleyWesley Wright 0 3 3.13 56 0 0 46.0 18 16 18 37

Source[11]

Team[edit]

Scoring by inning[edit]

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ≥10 Total
Chicago Cubs 55 57 65 73 59 77 57 58 45 13 559
Opponents 85 71 48 74 78 77 87 61 43 18 642

Source: Baseball-Reference

Awards and honors[edit]

Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Branch Rickey Award[12]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Iowa Cubs Pacific Coast League Marty Pevey
AA Tennessee Smokies Southern League Buddy Bailey
A Daytona Cubs Florida State League Dave Keller
A Kane County Cougars Midwest League Mark Johnson
A-Short Season Boise Hawks Northwest League Gary Van Tol
Rookie AZL Cubs Arizona League Jimmy Gonzalez

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Kane County[13]

On September 16, 2014 the Cubs announced that they will be moving their top Class A affiliate from Daytona in the Florida State League to Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League for the 2015 season.[14] Two days later, on the 18th, the Cubs signed a 4-year player development contract with the South Bend Silver Hawks of the Midwest League, ending their brief relationship with the Kane County Cougars.[15] On the 25th, the Silver Hawks officially changed their name to the South Bend Cubs.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rogers, Jesse. "Cubs fire manager Rick Renteria after one season". ESPN Chicago. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Chicago Cubs draft Kyle Schwarber". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
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  4. ^ http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/local/mesa/article_b5a4a2fa-f5f8-11e0-863f-001cc4c002e0.html
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  6. ^ "Cubs trade Samardzija, Hammel to Athletics". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-10-20. 
  7. ^ Axisa, Mike (July 28, 2014). "Dodgers acquire infielder Darwin Barney from Cubs". CBSsports.com. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Dodgers complete trade with Cubs". ESPN.com. Associated Press. July 30, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  9. ^ Sandolow, Brian. "Cubs end 2014 with winning record at home". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "2014 MLB Attendance". espn.go.com. MLB. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "2014 Chicago Cubs Statistics | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  12. ^ "Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzowins Branch Rickey Award". usatoday.com. usatoday. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  13. ^ Leventhal, Josh, ed. (2014). Baseball America 2015 Almanac. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-54-1. 
  14. ^ "Cubs moving Class A affiliate to Myrtle Beach". USA Today. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  15. ^ Leventhal, Josh. "Tracking the Affiliation Shuffle". baseballamerica.com. Baseball America. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "South Bend Silver Hawks renamed South Bend Cubs". WSBT/Channel 22. Archived from the original on September 25, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2014. 

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