Chicago Cubs 2018 Season in Review
It has been a sad time in the baseball world. Yes, the World Series just ended, and we had a thrilling series, but it is the end of the MLB season and now we must wait until April for more baseball. However, 2018 did not leave without many great moments, and the Chicago Cubs did not leave without some. Here I will review the 2018 Chicago Cubs.
The First Half
The Chicago Cubs had a very good 1st half of the year. They were playing very well, sitting pretty at the top of the NL Central. They were looking very good and Javier Baez made the All-Star team. The Cubs were supposed to run away with the NL Central and make the playoffs with ease. It looked like they were going to do just that.
The Second Half Collapse
As a Cubs fan myself, this is going to be hard for me to relive. The Cubs went into the last week of the season with a 5 game lead on the Brewers for the division lead. Then, the Cubs looked gassed. They couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat, that is how badly the bats performed. They ended up playing very badly and the Brewers caught up to them and they were going to have to play the Brewers in a 163rd game.
In Game 163, the Brewers had all of the momentum and the Cubs were shook after losing the division lead, and it showed in the way that they played. They were only able to push 1 run off a Rizzo home run and the Brewers won off of great timely 3-1.
NL Wild Card
Now, I am a diehard Cubs fan, and I was able to get tickets to this game, and I saw all that took place. And to say the bats didn’t show up would be a drastic understatement. The Cubs only put up 1 run, but the Rockies didn’t do much better as they were begging to give the Cubs chances to win the game. The only run was a Baez single in the 8th to tie it up into extras. Now what happened in the 13th, I have no words for. The Rockies had men on 1st and 3rd and 2 out. They needed a hit, but the man who came to the plate was Tony Wolters. If you don’t know who that is, don’t worry, nobody else does. He is the 3rd string catcher for the Rockies and was batting .170. Ge got a curveball and looped a single into center to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead, and that was all the Rockies needed to win the game. It’s amazing how 1 hit can turn around a season.
2019 Season Preview
So after the awful end of the season, Theo Epstein jumped into action. He fired hitting coach Chili Davis, and Joe Maddon received a warning. But the Cubs will be back. They are a major contender to get Harper or another big fish in the off-season. The talent on this team is some of the best in the MLB, and they were 1 or 2 hits away from maybe getting to the NLCS. The Cubs will be back and will be a team to watch in the 2019 season!
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