Chicago Cubs: 5 players that need a bounce back year in 2018

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The Chicago Cubs had another successful season but fell short of the expectations of another World Series title. Several players failed to replicate their 2016 season, and they need some of them more than others to do it again.

In 2016, it seemed as if each Chicago Cubs‘ player was having a career year. And while we can nitpick at every little thing the players failed to do last year, there are a few Cubs that need to have a better year in 2018. When you look at where the Cubs struggled, it was in the bullpen and inconsistent hitting. And there were more than a handful of guys that failed to get the job done.

Of course, we’d love to see each Cubs’ player have an improvement over last year. But these are the guys that must step things up for the team to have a successful campaign. These are the guys that without, the offense fails to go and the bullpen scuffles.

So let’s get into who needs to come up with a big year for the Cubs. Some of these guys could be on their last hurrah if they don’t come out hot to start next season.