Chicago Cubs: Top five single-season performances of the last five years

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The last half-decade has represented a golden age of Chicago Cubs baseball. Here are my top five single-season performances during that stretch.

Regardless of the bad taste a lot of Chicago Cubs fans had in their mouths heading into 2020, there’s no questioning that the last five years have represented a high-water mark in the franchise history. Not since the turn of the twentieth century has the organization enjoyed such sustained success.

Now, a team – especially a championship-winning one – is greater than the sum of all its parts and this Cubs group is no exception. We’ve seen players on the North Side take home Rookie of the Year, MVP and Cy Young honors. We’ve also had All-Star selections, dominant postseason showings and historic stretches unlike anything seen in generations.

This core set a new single-season franchise record for wins, advanced to three consecutive postseason berths, won a World Series and reigned supreme in the National League Central twice with another pair of Wild Card nods. It’s been an amazing ride – even as the window rapidly closes.

During the last five years, there have been more than a handful of performances worthy of remembrance. Here’s my stab at choosing a handful that will stand the test of time.