After going 67-95 in 2002, the Cubs turned things around in remarkable fashion, posting an 88-74 record and winning the NL Central Division by one game over the Houston Astros. It was the first time the Cubs have won a division title since 1984, when the Boys of Zimmer took the NL East. Final MLB standings
Overall: 88-74 Home: 44-37 Road: 44-37 Before ASG: 47-47 After ASG: 41-27 Vs. LHP: 18-20 Vs. RHP: 70-54 Vs. winning teams: 38-42 Vs. losing teams: 50-32 Vs. playoff teams: 12-7 Vs. Braves: 4-6 Vs. Giants: 4-2 Vs. Marlins: 4-2 Vs. Yankees: 2-1 Vs. NL East: 15-15 Vs. NL Central: 47-37 Vs. NL West: 17-13 Vs. AL teams: 5-7 Night Games: 37-33 Day Games: 51-41 Extra Innings: 8-3 One- or two-run games: 41-32 Scoring first: 61-29 Scoring 4 or more runs: 68-22 Scoring less than four runs: 20-52 When leading after 7: 74-7 When tied after 7: 10-7 When trailing after 7: 4-60 When leading after 8: 77-2 When tied after 8: 11-8 When trailing after 8: 0-64
Record vs. Braves
The Cubs dropped four of the six contests they played with the Braves in 2003. The Cubs went 1-1 at Turner Field, where they kick off the NLDS with two games and 1-3 at Wrigley Field, where Game 3 and a possible Game 4 would be played. Over the last 10 years, the Cubs trail the Braves by a 49-35 mark. The Braves have gone 12-6 against the Cubs the last three seasons. Season series resultsRecord vs. playoff teams
The Cubs posted a 12-7 mark against teams in the playoffs this year. Besides the 2-4 mark against the Braves, the Cubs went 4-2 against the San Francisco Giants, manager Dusty Baker's former team. They also had the Florida Marlins' number, taking the season series, 4-2. In Interleague play, the Cubs posted a 2-1 mark against the Yankees in three games at Wrigley Field.
Record vs. winning teams
The Cubs posted a 38-42 mark against winning teams. Inside the NL Central Division, the Cubs posted a 17-16 record against Houston and St. Louis, the only two teams with winning records.
In the NL Central Division, the Cubs took the season series from Houston (9-7), Pittsburgh (10-8), Cincinnati (10-7) and Milwaukee (10-6). In addition to their 4-2 mark against the Marlins and 4-2 record against the Giants, the Cubs also went 5-1 against the New York Mets and 4-2 against the Diamondbacks in National League play.
Chicago ranked 11th in the National League with a .259 team average. The Cubs were 10th in slugging percentage (.416) and eighth in homers with 170. They scored 722 runs and drove in 689. Ironically, it was the Braves who ranked at the top of most hitting categories, including average (.283) and runs (902). National League hitting stats
The Cubs were led by Mark Grudzielanek's .314 average, although Grudzielanek missed more than a month after fracturing his hand in early August. Sammy Sosa's .553 slugging percentage paced the Cubs, and his 286 total bases were two better than Aramis Ramirez. Sosa hit 40 homers and posted a .279 average despite slumping late in the season and missing stretches because of an infected toenail and a suspension for using a corked bat. Ramirez knocked 27 homers overall (he started the season with the Pirates), and Alou added 22 round-trippers. Cubs hitting statsPitching stats
The Cubs made it this far because of their pitching, and the stats show it. The Cubs were fifth in the NL with a 3.83 ERA but they stole the show with the K, setting a Major League record with 1,404 strikeouts. They pitched 13 complete games, giving up 683 runs (619 earned) and walked 526. MLB pitching stats
Kerry Wood led the Majors in strikeouts with 266 and Mark Prior was second with 245. Prior was fourth in the big leagues with a 2.43 ERA, while the other Cubs starters posted impressive numbers. Wood was 14-11 with a 3.20 ERA, Carlos Zambrano was 13-11 with a 3.11 ERA, Matt Clement went 14-12 with a 4.11 ERA. Joe Borowski, named the closer when Antontio Alfonseca went down with an injury in Spring Training, held on to the job all year and notched 33 saves . Cubs pitching statsFielding stats
The Cubs were ninth in the National League with a .983 fielding percentage. They committed 106 errors, but turned 157 double plays and recorded 4,369 put-outs over 1,456 1/3 innings.
MLB fielding stats
Ramirez led the team in games played with 159 (including his four months with the Pirates) and shortstop Alex Gonzalez posted a .984 fielding mark with 10 errors over 150 games. Cubs fielding statsCareer postseason Pitching Antonio Alfonseca: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 G, 6 1/3 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K Shawn Estes: 0-1, 11.57 ERA, 3 G, 7 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 8 BB, 7 K Mark Guthrie: 1-1, 1.58 ERA, 12 G, 11 1/3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 6 BB, 7 K Mike Remlinger: 0-2, 4.42 ERA, 19 G, 18 1/3 IP, 20 H, 9 R, 11 BB, 16 K Dave Veres: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 9 G, 9 IP,6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 13 K Kerry Wood: 0-1, 1.80 ERA, 1 G, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 5 K
2003 stats vs. Braves
Sammy Sosa has hit Braves pitching well in 2003, hitting for a .520 average over six games. In 25 at-bats, Sosa knocked four homers and drove in 11 runs. He struck out five times and walked three times. Eric Karros also had success against Atlanta, with six hits over two games in 13 at-bats for a .462 average. Mark Grudzielanek drove in five runs in six games with four doubles and no strikeouts. Hitting stats
In six games, the Cubs staff posted a 6.96 ERA with a 4-2 record. Cubs pitchers gave up 61 hits over 53 innings, with 11 long balls, 21 walks and 42 strikeouts. Matt Clement was the only Cubs starter with a win against the Braves this year. Clement posted a 2.25 ERA over eight innings. Mark Prior and Carlos Zambrano were both 0-1 and Kerry Wood did not face Atlanta this season. Pitching statsCareer vs. Game 1 starter
Tony Womack: .344 (11-for-32), 0 HR, 2 RBIs
Mark Grudzielanek: .393 (11-for-28), 1 HR, 6 RBIs
Eric Karros: .476 (10-for-21), 0 HRs, 5 RBIs
Sammy Sosa: .409 (5-for-18), 2 HRs, 5 RBIs
Doug Glanville: .278 (5-for-18), 0 HRs, 0 RBIs
Damian Miller: .333 (3-for-15), 0 HRs, 2 RBIs
Aramis Ramirez: .400 (4-for-10), 1 HR, 2 RBIs
Moises Alou: .143 (1-for-7), 0 HRs, 0 RBIs
Tom Goodwin: .571 (4-for-7), 0 HRs, 0 RBIs
Kerry Wood: .250 (1-for-4), 0 HRs, 0 RBIs
Randall Simon: .333 (1-for-3), 0 HRs, 1 RBI
Troy O'Leary: .333 (1-for-3), 0 HRs, 0 RBIs
Alex Gonzalez: .000 (0-for-2), 0 HRs, 0 RBIs
Amy Sternig is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.