The Cubs were picked to finish in the middle of the NL Central and did just that with a third-place finish and a 74-88 record. Chicago had a modest improvement of three additional wins from the 2021 season.
Right-hander Keegan Thompson led the Cubs' starting rotation with a 10-5 mark, a 3.76 ERA, and 108 strikeouts over 115 innings. Center fielder Ian Happ batted a career-high .271 with 17 homers and led the team with 42 doubles and 72 RBIs.
Chicago is headed in the right direction and should see further improvement next season.
The Chicago Cubs are a National League (NL) Central division team, founded in 1870. Located in Chicago, Illinois, they are currently owned by the Ricketts Family. The Cubs play their home games at Wrigley Field, which has been their home since 1916.
The team is often referred to as "the North Siders" or "the Cubbies". They’ve won three World Series Championships; first in 1907, then in 1908, and then again over 100 years later in 2016. They've also won seventeen NL pennants, one NA pennant, and a total of eight Division titles. Other iconic moments include Ernie Banks' 500th home run in 1970, Mark Grace's game-winning single against the San Diego Padres in 1998 to clinch the Wild Card spot for the Cubs, and Kerry Wood's 20-strikeout game against the Houston Astros in 1998.
The biggest rival of the Chicago Cubs is the St. Louis Cardinals. In recent history, the teams have been very competitive with each other; both sides winning multiple World Series titles since 2000, in addition to numerous NL Central Division titles. Another of their main rivals is fellow Chicago-based franchise, the Chicago White Sox, regularly competing in what’s known as ‘the Crosstown Classic’.
Notable star players from the history of the Chicago Cubs include Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Billy Williams, Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson, Sammy Sosa, and Kerry Wood.