Chicago Cubs: Second half decline cost team dearly
It’s hard to believe, but the Cubs offense was not a drastic problem going into the break. Pitching was the problem. The Cubs had not acquired Cole Hamels yet, Tyler Chatwood led baseball in walks (and finished the year in the same situation) and Yu Darvish was hurt and ineffective in his eight starts.
Nonetheless, the aforementioned position players were not good in the second half and it played a role in the Cubs offense in September. So, the question remains: what is their value right now as the Cubs head into a very important offseason.