Here we are, folks: the End of Season Post-Mortem series. If you're new here (which about 50% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from playoff contention, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and so on and so forth. The goal is to post these the day after a team is eliminated. Also, for the first ten teams eliminated, we're going to post a series called "Hope for the Hopeless", which is going to be an expanded version of the "What Went Right" portion of the Post-Mortem series pieces.
The 2013 Chicago Cubs lived much like their predecessors, the 2012 Chicago Cubs. They were a ragtag group of buy-low candidates that the new front office regime was hoping to sell off for prospects at the trade deadline. For the most part, that strategy succeeded for them this season. As for the actual baseball taking place on the actual field, the results weren't quite as enchanting.
Preseason prediction: This team isn't going to be nearly as bad as everyone is expecting them to be. But they won't exactly be good either. The rotation is solid and the bullpen is improved. They have a strong infield and some nice pop in the outfield. They could hover around .500 this season and get everyone's hopes up for 2014.no comments