Chicago Cubs: Top 10 single-season pitching performances (Part II)

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 18: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs receives a standing ovation after being relieved in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game four of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 18, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 18: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs receives a standing ovation after being relieved in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game four of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 18, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The modern day era of Chicago Cubs baseball has brought with it its fair share of ineffably strange and sometimes heartbreaking moments. Through it all, however, has emerged some of the greatest single-season pitching performances in team history.

Throughout the 2000s, the Chicago Cubs have been one of the most unpredictable franchises in baseball. From 2000-03, for instance, the club posted win totals of 65, 88, 67, 88, in that order. The 2003 season was one of the best in its regard, despite the disastrous finish. In 2008, the team won 97 games before seeing their win total decrease over the next four seasons.

Across the past four seasons, the team has become a juggernaut in both the National League and in Major League Baseball, recording win totals of 97, 103, 92, and 95, respectively. While each successful season is vivacious in its own right, breaking them down to profile individual performances is even better, namely starting pitching.

Naturally, the club has had many great pitchers work their way through the ranks to Wrigley; however, there are those performances that, still to this day, makes a fan turn their head to gawk at in amazement.

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