Chicago Cubs News: Five X-factors for team in postseason

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After the most bizarre season anyone has ever seen, these five Cubs will play a massive part in any postseason success the team achieves in 2020.

Somehow, the Chicago Cubs made it. As improbable as it may be, the postseason is here for 16 lucky MLB teams. The format is different, the set up is changed, and the venues will be neutral following the first-round series. There isn’t much about this postseason that seems familiar to most people. However, they’re still handing out a trophy, and lots of people will indubitably tune in for October baseball.

The Cubs are taking on the Miami Marlins in the first round, with all afternoon games to be played at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (if needed) in the best of three series. The two teams haven’t seen each other this year, so that could work for or against the Cubs.

Oh, and they’re also won’t be any fans in the stands, so home-field advantage may be a little strange other than getting the last at-bat. That being said, the playoffs bring out a different intensity and quality of the game. There’s also one more thing we know about the postseason: current and future stars are made under the bright lights (or sun, in this case) of playoff baseball.

Which Cub will turn into a star or cement their shine in 2020 is anyone’s guess, but there are certainly some guys who could take their turn in the limelight. The following are five X-factors that will help make this postseason last a bit longer than the last couple.