Commentary

Kiss 'Em Goodbye: Chicago Cubs

Why the Billy Goat Curse lives on, and what's next for the Cubs

Originally Published: September 15, 2009
By Buster Olney, Baseball Prospectus and Insider staff | ESPN Insider

Insider's series on MLB teams that have fallen out of the playoff race continues with the Chicago Cubs, who are 9½ games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central heading into Tuesday's contests.

Baseball Prospectus' preseason PECOTA projection: 95-67, first place in NL Central
Current record: 74-68, second place

This was perhaps the most surprising tumble in the entire Senior Circuit.

To read Buster Olney's take on what went wrong for the Cubs and what's next, plus items from the rumor mill, number-crunching analysis from Baseball Prospectus, a draft recap and whom to watch in spring training, you must be an ESPN Insider. Insider