Kiss 'Em Goodbye: Chicago Cubs
Why the Billy Goat Curse lives on, and what's next for the Cubs
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.
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Insider and Baseball Prospectus now ask: What went wrong for each MLB team, and what may the future hold? We'll be covering the playoff teams as they're eliminated, and finish off with what the World Series champs need to do to improve (hey, there's always something).
The Playoff Teams (as eliminated)
Week of Sept. 14
Week of Sept. 21
Week of Sept. 28
- Chicago Cubs Royal Bat Umbrella