Another season of Chicago Cubs baseball is officially in the books. While the 2019 campaign did not shape up to be what fans wished, there was still to be happy about despite the underwhelming finish. It’s time to dive into both the positives and negatives of this past year.
As has been the draw for the previous four seasons, there was much to be excited about heading into this season. Unfortunately, it ended with a crash and burn as the Chicago Cubs finished just six games over .500, going 84-78 and missing the postseason for the first time since 2014.
PECOTA initially projected the Cubs at 79 wins. When the projections were released, the majority of Wrigleyville, including myself, believed this to be laughable. However, they were not far off. Maybe it is time to start taking the projections somewhat seriously heading into the new year.
All that aside, because there were plenty of negatives, there were still positive takeaways from the season. Baseball is one of the most unpredictable games there is. We never know what will happen. However, we can observe the hindsight and look forward to a fresh start in 2020.