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How the Chicago Cubs Built a World Series Roster

103 wins in the regular season and a trip to the World Series. Finally, a team lives up to expectations! Is there a fan base that deserves this more than Cubbies fans?

The Cubs were one of three teams to score 800+ runs this year, led by Kris Bryant (39 HRs) and Anthony Rizzo (32).  Rizzo led the team with 109 RBI and 43 doubles while Bryant drove in 102 and hit 35 doubles.  Bryant's 121 runs scored were the most in the National League and 4th best in all of baseball.

They have tallied 33 XBH (21 doubles, 12 HRs) this postseason in 10 games, leading to 48 runs scored.  Rizzo and Addison Russell have each hit two home runs in the playoffs, but Bryant and Javier Baez have been the offensive catalyst.  They have combined for 26 hits, 9 doubles, 2 home runs and 13 RBI, scoring 12 runs.

Looks like Kyle Schwarber might be in the Cubs lineup as a DH!

Chicago's pitching staff features two potential Cy Young Award winners in Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks - and also has last year's winner in Jake Arrieta.  The cherry on top is Aroldis Chapman coming in to close games.

This postseason though, the bullpen has been shaky, with opponents hitting .238 off them.  This has led to 14 earned run in 35.2 innings pitched with just a 29:13 K:BB ratio. 

Players Acquired via Trade (

Dexter Fowler - January 19, 2015: Traded by the Houston Astros to the Chicago Cubs for Dan Straily and Luis Valbuena - Re-signed this past offseason to a one year deal with an option for 2017. 

Players Drafted (

  • Kris Bryant - 2nd overall 2013
  • Javier Baez - 9th overall 2011
Injured Players
  • Kyle Schwarber - 4th Overall 2014

Free Agents Signed

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