These embarrassing Cubs stats show just how bad they've been this month

The Cubs have been historically bad in the late innings - and have repeatedly come up short in close games here in September.
Sep 12, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Chicago Cubs manager David Ross (3) looks on during the first
Sep 12, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Chicago Cubs manager David Ross (3) looks on during the first / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Cubs need to win their final two games - and the Marlins need to lose their final two, as well as the make-up ninth inning that was delayed by rain against the Mets this week, for Chicago to play in the postseason.

Like it or not, we're bearing witness to a Cubs collapse for the ages

That's highly unlikely to happen, leaving us all with a bitter taste in our mouths after bearing witness to a September collapse of epic proportions. Just how bad

In case you didn't want to listen to it in the link above: since Sept. 16, the Cubs held the lead in 7 different innings on the road in the eighth or later - blew the lead in the bottom half of those innings in all 7 - a first in MLB history. The Chicago bullpen, specifically on the road, over the last two weeks is failing in ways that we've quite literally never seen before.

As if that didn't paint enough of a picture for us, Corey Freedman reminds us that, on the heels of Friday's loss to Milwaukee, the team has lost twelve games by 2 runs or fewer this month. With the bullpen in shambles and the defense, a strength of this team all year long, all of the sudden lacking fundamentals, putting it mildly, it's been painful to watch here in September.

Mere weeks ago, we were all envisioning playoff baseball returning to Wrigley Field. It doesn't seem like that long ago Christopher Morel deposited a ball into the right-center field bleachers for a walk-off against the White Sox and optimism amongst the fanbase was peaking. Now, we're turning our attention toward the offseason with the all-too-familiar calls of ,"Wait till next year."