2001

Cubs: 53

Surprise! The Cubs make a spirited race for the playoffs, led by Sosa (his best all-around year) and Jon Lieber (a 20-game winner). Fred McGriff Fever briefly engulfs the North Side.

Sox: 41.5

Forever known as "The David Wells Year."

 

2002

Cubs: 31.5

The final year of Don Baylor is a disaster of 95 losses. Yuck.

Sox: 41.5

Not much to write home about, other than Magglio Ordonez, who posts his best season in Chicago.

 

2003

Cubs: 67.5

One of the trickier years to grade. The regular season was not quite as much fun as '98 or '08, while in the playoffs the team got closer to a World Series than any Cubs team since 1945. They got a +9 on the magic scale and a -9 on the pain scale.

Sox: 51

Forever known as "The Esteban Loiaza Year." Kudos to Manuel for posting the best record of any Chicago manager since '98 in his final season.

 

2004