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A healthy and productive Kris Bryant will help guide the Cubs to the championship. (Good Medical Photo / Matt Marton)ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Cubs were still waking up at night in the days following their 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies in the National League Wild Card match on October 2. . . and also try to forget what has happened in the last weeks of the 2018 season.

On September 2, the Cubs played five games in front of the Milwaukee Brewers and have 26 games remaining in the season. But in this series of games – played in 27 days – the Cubs scored 14-12, while the Brewers recorded a record of 18-6, forcing the N.L. Central must finish with Chicago and Milwaukee tied for first place (95-67) after the regular season of 162 games.

In the playoffs of a match to determine the division champion, the Cubs were beaten 3-1 by the Brewers, followed by the 2-1 loss to the Rockies.

The Cubs' offensive was killed when we needed it the most. In fact, in September, the team hit .235 with a base percentage of .300, an average of .363, an average of 22.3, and a total of 117 races in 29 games.

The team's president, Theo Epstein, said after the season, "I do not want to disrespect our players, I respect them all, as well as our coaches, our offices and all stakeholders. There is no lack of respect, but I think part of the improvement is to deal with the problem. Our offense broke out somewhere along the lines.

In the 164 games, including the playoffs, in the 2018 season, the Cubs offense has been cleared 11 times, limited to just one point scored 29 times, just two points in 16 games and three points in 21 games. In total, they scored three points or less in 77 games.

This is not the offensive production that will lead an MLB team to a pennant.

Despite the failures suffered by the Cubs' batters during the year, the team still won 95 games, which confirms that the talent is there to win and put the team in position for a long race in October 2019.

During the off-season, there was no need to reorganize the offensive and look for a big stick by engaging Bryce Harper or Manny Machado over several years at a financial level that could paralyze the team in the years to come.

On paper, the Cubs have a team as good as any other MLB club.

They have All-Stars at third base (Kris Bryant), short stop (Javier Baez / Addison Russell), second base (Ben Zobrist), first base (Anthony Rizzo) and receiver (Willson Contreras). They have quality artists in the outfield (Jason Heyward, Albert Almora Jr., Ian Happ and Kyle Schwarber).

The offensive should be a concern after what happened last season, but with the injuries sustained by the team and the number of young players still in the majors' training phase and continually trained to do the same. adjustments, the list of Cubs' batters matches that of a playoff team.

The pitch is getting older, but it's also deep. Jon Lester, 34, Cole Hamels, 35, Jose Quintana, 30, Yu Darvish, 32, and Kyle Hendricks, 29, form a solid five-player rotation.

At the end of the round, the Cubs' main hurdle will find a way to replace Brandon Morrow early in the year and keep a pen that will keep the race running through the campaign.

The health of the team will be the most important element to conquer for the Cubs in 2019. They can escape from the year without losing a key player for a long time. and hope that the return of Morrow, Darvish and Bryant will be contributors in the past, the Cubs could then rise in the category of the team to beat in the National League.

As mentioned, the Cubs scored three points or less in almost half of their scheduled matches in 2018, but it is also worth noting that they were beaten 26 times in point-determined games.

In the absence of more timely base hits last year, the Cubs had been crammed into a coffin and figuratively dropped into the N.L. graveyard.

The rigor mortis is not yet installed.

The team scored 761 points in 2018, only the Dodgers and Nationals scored more in N.L. and only the Red Sox, the Indians, the Astros, the Yankees and A's have gone through the plate in the A.L.

They have four sluggers in their lineup who have had a 30-circuit campaign (Baez, Bryant, Rizzo and Schwarber) with other powerful hitters who have the potential to climb at this level (Contreras, Happ).

If the Cubs are to play in a playoff appearance, their strikes will have to improve – and this improvement will come from a club that will unite and play the winning baseball team. A vital return of Bryant to 100% of his health could be the trump card to generate a more productive attack and help the team to play at a higher level.

After Bryant's injury last year and the inconsistent performances of the rest of the club, manager Joe Maddon juggled and re-juggled with his lineup, attempting to play the "hot hand".

We can appreciate his maneuver after learning that the Cubs have won more games (387) in his first four years at the helm than any other MLB team. Maddon has deep training with the talent to win ball games in different ways: power, small ball, defense and pitcher.

"I'm not worried about the upcoming season," Maddon said. "There are a lot of good teams. . . improved teams, but we will fight all year. We are in the post-season four years in a row and the players of this club know how to win and prepare for a long season. Last year, we lost Kris (Bryant), Darvish and Brandon Morrow over long distances and we still won 95 games. This is a sign of a good ball club. When you can defeat the wounds of key players, you do not play as consistently as you want and you give yourself a chance to win everything, you have to take advantage of it and take advantage of it. "

The forces of the Cubs are visible in all aspects of the game: hitting, throwing and defense. And that does not include the supreme instinctive play of their star performers who continue to play defensive games, manage goals and generate productive strikes in exciting ways.

Despite the low-profile names the team has added to its lineup this winter (center Daniel Descalso and pitchers Brad Brach, George Kontos and Junichi Tazawa), the Cubs are alive and have the talent to win, compete and compete. to be pretenders to the 2019 pennant.

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A healthy and productive Kris Bryant will help guide the Cubs to the championship. (Good Medical Photo / Matt Marton) ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Cubs were still waking up at night in the days following their 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies in the National League Wild Card match on October 2. . . and also try to forget what has happened in the last weeks of the 2018 season.

On September 2, the Cubs played five games in front of the Milwaukee Brewers and have 26 games remaining in the season. But in this series of games – played in 27 days – the Cubs scored 14-12, while the Brewers recorded a record of 18-6, forcing the N.L. Central must finish with Chicago and Milwaukee tied for first place (95-67) after the regular season of 162 games.

In the playoffs of a match to determine the division champion, the Cubs were beaten 3-1 by the Brewers, followed by the 2-1 loss to the Rockies.

The Cubs' offensive was killed when we needed it the most. In fact, in September, the team hit .235 with a base percentage of .300, an average of .363, an average of 22.3, and a total of 117 races in 29 games.

The team's president, Theo Epstein, said after the season, "I do not want to disrespect our players, I respect them all, as well as our coaches, our offices and all stakeholders. There is no lack of respect, but I think part of the improvement is to deal with the problem. Our offense broke out somewhere along the lines.

In the 164 games, including the playoffs, in the 2018 season, the Cubs offense has been cleared 11 times, limited to just one point scored 29 times, just two points in 16 games and three points in 21 games. In total, they scored three points or less in 77 games.

This is not the offensive production that will lead an MLB team to a pennant.

Despite the failures suffered by the Cubs' batters during the year, the team still won 95 games, which confirms that the talent is there to win and put the team in position for a long race in October 2019.

During the off-season, there was no need to reorganize the offensive and look for a big stick by engaging Bryce Harper or Manny Machado over several years at a financial level that could paralyze the team in the years to come.

On paper, the Cubs have a team as good as any other MLB club.

They have All-Stars at third base (Kris Bryant), short stop (Javier Baez / Addison Russell), second base (Ben Zobrist), first base (Anthony Rizzo) and receiver (Willson Contreras). They have quality artists in the outfield (Jason Heyward, Albert Almora Jr., Ian Happ and Kyle Schwarber).

The offensive should be a concern after what happened last season, but with the injuries sustained by the team and the number of young players still in the majors' training phase and continually trained to do the same. adjustments, the list of Cubs' batters matches that of a playoff team.

The pitch is getting older, but it's also deep. Jon Lester, 34, Cole Hamels, 35, Jose Quintana, 30, Yu Darvish, 32, and Kyle Hendricks, 29, form a solid five-player rotation.

At the end of the round, the Cubs' main hurdle will find a way to replace Brandon Morrow early in the year and keep a pen that will keep the race running through the campaign.

The health of the team will be the most important element to conquer for the Cubs in 2019. They can escape from the year without losing a key player for a long time. and hope that the return of Morrow, Darvish and Bryant will be contributors in the past, the Cubs could then rise in the category of the team to beat in the National League.

As mentioned, the Cubs scored three points or less in almost half of their scheduled matches in 2018, but it is also worth noting that they were beaten 26 times in point-determined games.

In the absence of more timely base hits last year, the Cubs had been crammed into a coffin and figuratively dropped into the N.L. graveyard.

The rigor mortis is not yet installed.

The team scored 761 points in 2018, only the Dodgers and Nationals scored more in N.L. and only the Red Sox, the Indians, the Astros, the Yankees and A's have gone through the plate in the A.L.

They have four sluggers in their lineup who have had a 30-circuit campaign (Baez, Bryant, Rizzo and Schwarber) with other powerful hitters who have the potential to climb at this level (Contreras, Happ).

If the Cubs are to play in a playoff appearance, their strikes will have to improve – and this improvement will come from a club that will unite and play the winning baseball team. A vital return of Bryant to 100% of his health could be the trump card to generate a more productive attack and help the team to play at a higher level.

After Bryant's injury last year and the inconsistent performances of the rest of the club, manager Joe Maddon juggled and re-juggled with his lineup, attempting to play the "hot hand".

We can appreciate his maneuver after learning that the Cubs have won more games (387) in his first four years at the helm than any other MLB team. Maddon has deep training with the talent to win ball games in different ways: power, small ball, defense and pitcher.

"I'm not worried about the upcoming season," Maddon said. "There are a lot of good teams. . . improved teams, but we will fight all year. We are in the post-season four years in a row and the players of this club know how to win and prepare for a long season. Last year, we lost Kris (Bryant), Darvish and Brandon Morrow over long distances and we still won 95 games. This is a sign of a good ball club. When you can defeat the wounds of key players, you do not play as consistently as you want and you give yourself a chance to win everything, you have to take advantage of it and take advantage of it. "

The forces of the Cubs are visible in all aspects of the game: hitting, throwing and defense. And that does not include the supreme instinctive play of their star performers who continue to play defensive games, manage goals and generate productive strikes in exciting ways.

Despite the low-profile names the team has added to its lineup this winter (center Daniel Descalso and pitchers Brad Brach, George Kontos and Junichi Tazawa), the Cubs are alive and have the talent to win, compete and compete. to be pretenders to the 2019 pennant.