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Cubs wait ’til next year

Alex Fierro, '18, Editor

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On Thursday night, the Cubs’ season came to an end. The Dodgers beat the Cubs, 11-1, to win the NLCS and eliminate the possibility of the Cubs repeating as champions.

Joe Maddon wasn’t happy about the loss, but was proud of the journey.

“I could not be more pleased,” Maddon said, as reported on MLB.com. “I think our guys learned a lot coming off last year. How do you win, how do you play that deeply in the year and then compete and be good again the next year and get back to the promised land. It’s not easy. I believe a lot of lessons were learned this year that we’ll be able to carry with us.”

The offense that was so hot last year was almost nonexistent this October, with Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javy Baez, Kyle Schwarber and Addison Russell going a combined 24 of 154 in the postseason. The bullpen was a disaster, giving up 13 runs in the five National League Championship Series games with the Dodgers and 25 overall.

In 2015, the Cubs reached the NLCS after winning the NL Wild Card Game, and last year, they posted the best record in the Major Leagues and capped the 2016 campaign by winning the franchise’s first World Series since 1908. This year, the Cubs repeated as NL Central champs, although they had to come from behind to do so.

 

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