The Cubs 2017 season has been full of ups and downs and in no way has been as stress free for fans as the 2016 regular season was. At the end of the first half, it was unclear if the Cubs would make a run into the postseason, but with some luck and good play down the stretch, the Cubs are likely headed to the postseason for the third straight season.
In a season that has seen the Cubs send 11 different players to the disabled list, and some multiple times, the team has had young players step up. Young players such as Ian Happ, Albert Almora Jr., and Carl Edwards Jr. have all had above average seasons that were not expected.
Pair that with the strong play from veterans that the club recently traded for, such as Alex Avila and Jose Quintana, and it made for some welcomed additions to this year’s roster. All this to compliment the core players already on the roster such as Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Jake Arrieta and Chicago has a very strong team.
The Cubs will look to make yet another deep run into the postseason, where the will likely be taking on the Nationals in the first round. Both teams have deep pitching staffs and the match-ups of the pitching staffs should be interesting. On paper, both offenses are similar, but the question remains if Washington’s star Outfielder Bryce Harper will return from the disabled list in time for the series.