Chicago Cubs: An obituary for the 2018 season

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There is a lot to process about the 2018 Chicago Cubs season from beginning to end. Was it a disappointment or should it be celebrated as a success?

Over 40,000 Cubs fans stood at Wrigley Field in dead silence as the Colorado Rockies celebrated on their hallowed ground Tuesday night. The same ground the Milwaukee Brewers celebrated on just one day earlier at the conclusion of Game 163. The sun had set on the 2018 season, and it was a tough pill for many of us to swallow.

95 wins was only good enough for second place in the NL Central. A prompt one-and-done in the Wild Card game marks, by far, the shortest run of the Joe Maddon era. They had the NL Central crown seemingly wrapped up before the Brewers went on a late season surge and the Cubs could not fend them off.

We all know how it went down: key injuries, slow start for the starting pitchers and of course the frustratingly inconsistent offense. They had some incredible wins, but some incredibly frustrating losses due to lack of offense. It was not the only reason but it was arguably the biggest.

"“Part of getting better is facing the problem and our offense broke somewhere along the lines,” Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Wednesday."