2018 Chicago Cubs
2018 Chicago Cubs / Franchise: Chicago Cubs / BR Team Page
Managed by Joe Maddon
History, Comments, Contributions
The 2018 Chicago Cubs were considered one of the strongest team in the majors when the season opened, after reaching at least the National League Championship Series for three straight years and winning the whole shabang in 2016. They opened the year with a bang against the Miami Marlins on March 29th, as lead-off hitter Ian Happ hit a homer off Jose Urena on the first pitch of the season. They went on to win the game, 8-4, but then lost three of the next four games, including a marathon 17-inning contest on March 30th. Part of the problem was the Cubs' inability to score runs, as they were shut out in back-to-back games on April 1-2 and were striking out at an alarming rate: 58 times in those first five games, a new National League record. They righted the ship after that and finished April in first place with a record of 16-10, but soon hit a rough patch, losing their first five games in May and beginning to lose ground in what was a four-team race in the NL Central, with only the Cincinnati Reds out of the running.
The Cubs began to get rolling at the end of May. Beginning on May 27th, they won 11 of 13 games to move from fourth place, 4.5 games out of the lead, to within half a game of first place on June 7th. On June 11th, they defeated the first-place Milwaukee Brewers, 7-2, in extra innings, to take over first place for the first time since the beginning of May.
Awards and Honors
- Carrie Muskat: "Cubs seek return to World Series in '18: After falling short last October, Chicago eyes title run", mlb.com, February 26, 2018.