Chicago Cubs 2020 Season

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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.
 
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.
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. :tsk:
 
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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. :tsk:
Both leagues have the East 1 against the East 2 and the West 1 against the West 2.

ETA - I’m rooting for Oakland the rest of the way.
 
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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.
 
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.
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.

I don’t see why either option would be particularly attractive to Epstein without a contract extension. Start a rebuild you won’t be able to see through, or let it ride and hope you draw an inside straight to an accidental World Series.
 
I'm at a state of indifference with respect to blowing it up or going around once more. They've got the bats (though obvious question marks there), and like others have said, are a couple solid pitchers away from a good team on paper.

That being said, something about trying the same thing over and over again and insanity comes to mind. Start the season, trade those guys who can return some decent prospects and field a terrible team for the next few years sounds agonizing, but it's probably the smart move.

Something else I've notice, lots of 'fans' out there saying we should be grateful this team can even make the playoffs, just because those 'fans' had to live through the Cubs not sniffing a WS for a majority of their lives. To me, if you aren't attempting toimprove your team's chances of winning a WS with every move you make, you're failing. I dont think being complacent with making the playoffs because we're the Cubs is the right hill to die on. But I also don't see how regressing over the past half decade doesn't infuriate everyone.
 
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.
 
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.
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.