The Cubs four-year playoff run ended in 2019 with an 84-78 record. They made the playoffs eight times over the past 23 seasons with one World Series win. Over the team’s 144-year history, Chicago has 20 postseason appearances with three World Series titles (1907, 1908, and 2016). The Cubs had a streak of eight straight losses in the World Series from 1910 to 1945.
Last year their pitching staff fell to seventh in ERA (4.10) with 38 saves. They struggled in the WHIP department (1.325 – 15th). The Cubs ranked 10th in runs (814), sixth in home runs (256), and 10th in RBI (783).
Chicago enters 2020 with the same structure in their starting lineup. They added IF Hernan Perez and OF Steven Souza to the bench via free agency. The only addition to the pitching staff came from the signing of RP Jeremy Jeffress and a minor deal for RP Casey Sadler. The top two players landing minor league deals were SP Jharel Cotton and C Josh Phegley.
Their most significant loss in the offseason was manager Joe Maddon who took a job with the Angels. The Cubs brought in David Ross to run the team after a long career in the majors as a backup catcher.
Chicago should have a competitive…