CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have set few records over the past three seasons, but on Tuesday they broke one for home losses in a season, racking up their 50th after an 8-2 defeat to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The previous record was 49 home losses in 1971.
The perfect storm that surrounds the team's rebuilding project has both the baseball and business side of the franchise looking for a sliver of hope in the near future.
Manager Dale Sveum has been under the microscope the past two weeks of the season as a dwindling fan base looks for someone to blame for the Cubs' 192 losses over the past two years.
"To lose that many games at home is something you have to stay away from," a dejected Sveum said after Tuesday's loss. "For whatever reason, we have to score more runs at home and do more at home. This year has been tough. We seem to do more good things on the road than we do at home."
Cubs attendance has dropped every season since 2008 when the club drew a franchise-high 3.3 million fans. This season, they figure to be down about 700,000 from that figure. The Cubs' average ticket price is the fourth-most expensive in baseball.
"We have to do more things with men on base," Sveum said. "This is just a flip-flop from last year."
All things considered, the Cubs have had a decent record on the road, going 35-43 with three more road games this weekend in St. Louis. The Cubs' record for fewest home victories in a full season is 31 in 1957, though that was with a 154-game schedule. With 30 home wins heading into Wednesday's home finale, the Cubs can set a new mark for futility in what has been another forgettable season on Chicago's North Side.