Season Preview: The Cubs look like the team to beat in 2020. Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant rank among the top players in baseball. The pitching staff includes experienced stars Yu Darvish, Kyle Hendricks, and Jon Lester. If new manager David Ross can keep the bullpen in order, the Cubs will be a lock to make the playoffs.
Season Recap: A late-season sweep in Chicago by the Cardinals ruined the Cubs’ chances to return to the playoffs and it cost manager Joe Madden his job. Relief pitching was a huge problem all year long; the team could have finished with 90-plus wins if they had done just an average job closing out games. Great seasons by Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Hendricks, Cole Hamels, and Yu Darvish went to waste because of a poor bullpen. One of the only things that went right in September was the call-up of shortstop Nico Hoerner, who was sensational in 20 games.
Season Preview: Chicago will rely on the “big three” of Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Javier Baez to put runs on the scoreboard—and Jon Lester, Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish to keep runs off. Bryant struggled with a sore shoulder in 2018. If he’s healthy all year in 2019 it will be a game-changer. So will solid years from Kyle Schwarber, Ian Happ, and Albert Almora.
Season Recap: Fans at Wrigley Field were hoping to watch their team win another pennant. But the pesky Brewers tied them for first place in the NL Central and beat them in a playoff game. The Cubs then lost the Wild Card Game to the Rockies, ending their season with a pair of heartbreaking losses. On the bright side, Javier Baez enjoyed an MVP-quality season with 83 extra-base hits, 101 runs, 21 stolen bases and 101 RBIs. John Lester and midseason pick-up Cole Hamels pitched well for Chicago, but injuries to closer Brandon Morrow and third baseman Kris Bryant prevented the team from finishing strong.
Season Preview: Chicago fans are still wondering how the pennant slipped away in 2017. The players vow they won’t let that happen again. Chicago has the most talented roster in the NL, with Kris Bryant leading the offense and newcomer Yu Darvish leading the pitching. The team’s projected eighth-place hitter, Javier Baez, could probably bat cleanup for many teams. Despite playing in the competitive NL Central, the Cubs could easily win 100-plus games.
Season Recap: Chicago went through plenty of ups and downs after winning the 2016 World Series, but pulled it together in August and September to win the NL Central. Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez had great years, supported by solid seasons from Kris Bryant Kyle Schwarber, and rookie Ian Happ. The team’s pitching began showing its age at the wrong time, as the Cubs fell to the Dodgers in the NLCS, 4 games to 1.
June 13, 2017: Jon Lester collected his 150th career victory in a game against the Mets.
November 1, 2016: The Cubs were big favorites to win it all in 2016 and they did not disappoint their fans. They led the majors with 103 victories, and Kris Bryant was named NL MVP. Chicago’s offense was hard to stop thanks to Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Dexter Fowler and Addison Russell. The pitching staff was solid all year and every player on the roster contributed in the regular season and postseason. In the playoffs, Chicago defeated the Giants and Dodgers to win the pennant. The young Cubs were over-anxious in the World Series against the Cleveland Indians, but came back from a 3–1 deficit to win the championship in seven games. It was the team’s first championship since 1908!
June 27, 2016: Kris Bryant became the first player to hit three homers and two doubles in the same game.
April 21, 2016: Jake Arrieta no-hit the Reds 16–0. The Cubs’ 16 runs was the most for a team in a no-hitter since 1884.
Season Roundup: The Cubs celebrated their 100th season at Wrigley Field by winning 97 games and defeating the Pirates in the Wild Card game and the Cardinals in the NL Division Series. The team’s young hitters came through with big years and Jake Arrieta won 22 games and led the league with a 1.77 ERA. The Cubs hoped to reach their first World Series since 1945, but they could not solve the pitching of the Mets, who took the pennant in the NL Championship Series, 4 games to 0.
October 12, 2015: The Cubs slammed six homers in their playoff victory against the Cardinals. It was the most ever by a team in a postseason game. Kris Bryant, Starlin Castro, Dexter Fowler, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, and Jose Soler all cleared the fence.
April 5, 2015: Chicago fans have been waiting a long time for the team’s young hitting prospects to come to Wrigley Field. This year, the wait should pay off. Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, and Arismendy Alcantara will play their first full seasons in the majors, while Javier Baez, Kyle Schwarber, Addison Russell and Albert Almora aren’t far behind.
November 1, 2014: The Cubs’ plan in 2014 was to see which of their young players were ready to take the next step toward stardom. That plan produced four top young players—Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara, Jorge Soler, Kyle Hendricks—and gave the team the confidence to trade away pitchers Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija. Jake Arrieta was the Cubs’ most dependable pitcher, while young stars Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro led the offense.
September 1, 2014: Jorge Soler doubled against the Brewers to become the third player since 1938 to get extra-base hits in each of his first five games.
March 31, 2014: The Cubs may have the best young talent in the NL, but most of their future stars won’t be ready to contribute in 2014. While the fans at Wrigley Field wait for that day, they can enjoy watching Starlin Castro, Mike Rizzo, Junior Lake and Jeff Samardjiza play.
October 1, 2013: Chicago fans suffered through a summer of frustration, as the Cubs’ bats never woke up. Not that the team’s pitching was much better. The lone standouts in 2013 were strikeout artist Jeff Samardzija, 35-year-old reliever Kevin Gregg and late-season call-up Junior Lake. The team’s 96 losses sent them to the NL Central cellar.
May 30, 2013: Cubs pitchers drove in 19 runs during the month. No NL team’s pitching staff had ever had that many RBIs in a month.
March 30, 2013: The Cubs are getting better, but they still have a long way to go. In 2013, the fans at Wrigley Field will be cheering for young stars Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, Jeff Samardzija, and Travis Wood—while waiting for more help to arrive from the minors.
October 3, 2012: Chicago fans did not see the team win many games in 2012, but they got a look at things to come. Young stars Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro had great seasons, while top prospects Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters got a taste of the big leagues for the first time.
April, 2012: It looks like the Cubs will be relying on several young hitters to help them before the summer is over, including Brian LaHair, Brett Jackson, Josh Vitters, and Anthony Rizzo. In the meantime, they added veterans David DeJesus and Ian Stewart to their everyday lineup.