ESPN on Cubs' chances of missing 2019 playoffs


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Kamil Krzaczynski - USA Today Sports
Kamil Krzaczynski - USA Today Sports

Chicago Cubs fans expect to make the playoffs with their core of talented players and especially after winning the World Series in 2016.

Making the playoffs is hard to do on a consistent basis as ESPN ranked last season's playoff teams and which team is most likely to miss out this year.

The Cubs were ranked No. 5 in the rankings to miss the playoffs.

"The Cubs are good. A lot went wrong in 2018, and they still won 95 games," ESPN.com said. "There are concerns with the rotation (Jon Lester and Cole Hamels are both 35, Yu Darvish is coming off an injury, Tyler Chatwood is coming off a 5.30 ERA), but the main thing that could get in their way is a strong division. The St. Louis Cardinals look tougher with Goldschmidt, and the Reds should be better. The NL Central teams could beat each other up to the point that only the division winner makes the playoffs."

ESPN's Top 10 list of 2018 playoff teams most likely to miss the playoffs this upcoming season were the Rockies (1), Athletics (2), Braves (3), Brewers (4), Cubs (5), Indians (6), Dodgers (7), Red Sox (8), Astros (9), and Yankees (10).

Basically, ESPN thinks that the Cubs have a slighter better chance to make the playoffs than the Brewers in the National League Central division and that's good news for all North Siders.

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