Chicago Cubs: Five reasons the Cubs haven’t returned to the World Series

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The World Series and pennant drought is absolutely minuscule now compared to what it was before 2016, but Chicago Cubs fans expected more after that.

It is safe to say plenty of Chicago Cubs fans were watching the 2016 World Series victory parade thinking it would be the first of several in the years to come. The champion Cubs were a team built with so much talent that was still so young with seemingly their best days ahead of them. With the team appearing to be in such good shape for the future, a return to the Fall Classic in the near future seemed very likely.

Fast forward to 2020, the Cubs have not made it back to the final series of the season. They have one playoff series win since and zero playoff game wins since Game 4 of the 2017 NLCS. Last year’s ugly 84-win season, which kept the Cubs completely out of the postseason, really got people thinking what the heck happened.

Sports can be very unpredictable and winning a championship is incredibly hard. It was unlikely a season like 2016 was going to happen again since it was such a historical year, but with so much young talent another run the to World Series was still expected. There are a number of reasons for why that has not happened yet, here is five key ones.