The regular season had all division matchups (plus the corresponding interleage division). 4 NL Central and 3 AL Central teams made the playoffs. Those teams went 0/7 in the Wild Card Series.What had the potential (at least in a normal year) to be a fun post season with the Sox, Cards, and Cubs all in the playoffs sure ended with a whimper.
Both leagues have the East 1 against the East 2 and the West 1 against the West 2.The regular season had all division matchups (plus the corresponding interleage division). 4 NL Central and 3 AL Central teams made the playoffs. Those teams went 0/7 in the Wild Card Series.
Assuming the Cubs won’t increase payroll, they really only have two opinions heading into next year - tear it all down, or patch the pitching staff and let it ride.David Kaplan reporting that two options regarding Theo are being discussed: with one year left on his deal, he will either stay for next year and help with rebuild or leave this offseason. No extension to be considered. In my opinion it’s probably a good time to move on now.
On second thought, Alzolay was 6th on the team in innings pitched and had a sub-3 ERA. So they did develop a single contributing pitching prospect in 9 years.I agree. It’s possible to be appreciative of 6 straight winning seasons, 5 playoff appearances, 3 division titles and a World Series ring, while also acknowledging that this team has some major flaws that need to be addressed.
All those things I mentioned happened. But the offense imploding at the end of each of the last 3 seasons and the organization failing to develop a single contributing pitching prospect in 9 years are also things that have happened.