The Cubs fall to the Dodgers in the NLCS ending another great season.
Even though it was a rough start to the season the Cubs post all star break record was the second best in the National League. The Cubs also claimed their second straight division title ending the season at 92-70. From the break to the end of the season the Cubs offense average more than five runs a game. The Cubs ended the season with a top five offense and a top 10 pitching staff, according to ESPN's ranking metrics. The Cubs may have also discovered some hidden gems as Brian Duensing—an under the radar signing—finished the season with a 2.74 ERA in 62.1 innings pitched.
However, the Cubs played awfully in the championship series, and when looking forward to next season this team needs to add a couple arms to the bullpen to be a true contender. Nearly every bullpen pitcher was unreliable in the postseason, and the Cubs have major question marks heading into the offseason. Cubs hitters only produced runs from the long ball in the NLCS, and as a team they only drew five walks. When push came to shove nearly every single Cubs player, and bullpen arms, disappeared. Despite the unhappy ending the Cubs did create more positive postseason memories.
The Cubs aren’t far off from getting back to the World Series, and Theo Epstein is only a couple good moves away from making the Cubs a lethal team once again. Zach Miller, Zach Britton, Cody Allen and other big time arms all could be on the free agent market this offseason. As far as in house decision the Cubs need to make a decision on Wade Davis, Jon Jay and Jake Arrieta.
Being beat badly in the NLCS isn’t easy to watch, but it’s easy to forget when you have three straight NLCS appearances and a World Series title under your belt. It may not have ended well, but the season was a great success.