2016 Chicago Cubs season

2016 Chicago Cubs
World Series Champions
National League Champions
National League Central Champions
Major League affiliations
Record 103–58 (.640)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) Thomas S. Ricketts, Laura Ricketts, Pete Ricketts, Todd Ricketts, Joe Ricketts
General manager(s) Jed Hoyer
Manager(s) Joe Maddon
President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein
Local television WGN-TV
CSN Chicago
CSN Chicago Plus
(Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies)
Local radio WSCR (AM)
Chicago Cubs Radio Network
(Pat Hughes, Ron Coomer, Mark Grote)
Stats ESPN.com
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The 2016 Chicago Cubs season was the 145th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 141st in the National League and the Cubs' 101st season at Wrigley Field. To celebrate their 100 years at Wrigley, the Cubs wore a patch on their home uniforms and wore 1916 throwback uniforms on July 6.[1]

They began the season on April 4, 2016 at the Los Angeles Angels and finished the regular season on October 2, 2016 at the Cincinnati Reds. They finished with the best record in Major League Baseball and won their first National League Central title since the 2008 season, winning by 17½ games. The team also reached the 100 win mark for the first time since 1935 and won 103 total games, the most wins for the franchise since 1910. The Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series and returned to the National League Championship Series for the second year in a row, where they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games. The Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in seven games in the 2016 World Series, their first appearance since the 1945 World Series and first win since the 1908 World Series. In the World Series, they came back from a three games to one deficit, winning the final three games, the first team to come back from a three games to one deficit since the Kansas City Royals in 1985. As well, the Cubs are also the first team to win Games 6 and 7 on the road in a World Series since the Pittsburgh Pirates pulled off the feat against the Baltimore Orioles in 1979.

The World Series victory put an end to the so-called Curse of the Billy Goat.


Trades and acquisitions

November 2015

December 2015

February 2016

Broadcast changes

After just one year broadcasting on WBBM (780-AM), the Cubs announced that the radio broadcast of their games will move to WSCR (670-AM) for the 2016 season.[16]

Season notes

Injuries, trades and transactions during the season

Regular season

Season standings

National League Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 103 58 0.640 57–24 46–34
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 0.531 17½ 38–43 48–33
Pittsburgh Pirates 78 83 0.484 25 38–42 40–41
Milwaukee Brewers 73 89 0.451 30½ 41–40 32–49
Cincinnati Reds 68 94 0.420 35½ 38–43 30–51
Division Leaders W L Pct.
(1) Chicago Cubs 103 58 0.640
(2) Washington Nationals 95 67 0.586
(3) Los Angeles Dodgers 91 71 0.562
Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
(4) New York Mets 87 75 0.537
(5) San Francisco Giants 87 75 0.537
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 0.531 1
Miami Marlins 79 82 0.491
Pittsburgh Pirates 78 83 0.484
Colorado Rockies 75 87 0.463 12
Milwaukee Brewers 73 89 0.451 14
Philadelphia Phillies 71 91 0.438 16
Arizona Diamondbacks 69 93 0.426 18
Atlanta Braves 68 93 0.422 18½
San Diego Padres 68 94 0.420 19
Cincinnati Reds 68 94 0.420 19

Record vs. opponents

2016 National League Records

Source: NL Standings Head-to-Head
Arizona 5–2 2–5 3–3 10–9 7–12 2–4 3–4 5–1 4–3 1–5 10–9 6–13 4–3 2–5 5–15
Atlanta 2–5 3–3 3–4 1–6 1–5 11–7 2–5 10–9 11–8 3–4 4–2 3–4 2–4 4–15 8–12
Chicago 5–2 3–3 15–4 2–4 4–3 4–3 11–8 2–5 5–1 14–4–1 4–2 4–3 10–9 5–2 15–5
Cincinnati 3–3 4–3 4–15 5–2 2–5 3–4 11–8 0–6 4–2 9–10 3–4 3–3 9–10 3–4 5–15
Colorado 9–10 6–1 4–2 2–5 7–12 2–5 1–5 6–1 2–5 2–5 10–9 9–10 2–4 4–2 9–11
Los Angeles 12–7 5–1 3–4 5–2 12–7 1–6 5–2 4–3 4–2 2–5 11–8 8–11 4–2 5–1 10–10
Miami 4–2 7–11 3–4 4–3 5–2 6–1 4–2 7–12 9–10 6–1 3–3 2–4 4–3 9–10 6–14
Milwaukee 4–3 5–2 8–11 8–11 5–1 2–5 2–4 2–5 3–4 9–10 3–4 1–5 6–13 4–2 11–9
New York 1–5 9–10 5–2 6-0 1–6 3–4 12–7 5–2 12–7 3–3 4–3 4–3 3–3 7–12 12–8
Philadelphia 3–4 8–11 1–5 2–4 5–2 2–4 10–9 4–3 7–12 3–4 5–2 3–3 2–5 5–14 11–9
Pittsburgh 5–1 4–3 4–14–1 10–9 5–2 5–2 1–6 10–9 3–3 4–3 3–3 4–3 9–10 2–4 9–11
San Diego 9–10 2–4 2–4 4–3 9–10 8–11 3–3 4–3 3–4 2–5 3–3 8–11 1–6 4–3 6–14
San Francisco 13–6 4–3 3–4 3–3 10–9 11–8 4–2 5–1 3–4 3–3 3–4 11–8 3–4 3–4 8–12
St. Louis 3–4 4–2 9–10 10–9 4–2 2–4 3–4 13–6 3–3 5–2 10–9 6–1 4–3 2–5 8–12
Washington 5–2 15–4 2–5 4–3 2–4 1–5 10–9 2–4 12–7 14–5 4–2 3–4 4–3 5–2 12–8

Opening Day Starters

Monday, April 4, 2016 at Los Angeles Angels

Name Pos.
Dexter Fowler CF
Jason Heyward RF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Kris Bryant 3B
Kyle Schwarber LF
Jorge Soler DH
Miguel Montero C
Addison Russell SS

Starting Pitcher: Jake Arrieta

Season summary


The Cubs won their first three games and eight of their first nine to begin the season 8–1, their best start since 1969.[67]







Outside Wrigley Field, minutes before NLCS Game 6


2016 Chicago Cubs
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


  • 95 Chad Noble (bullpen catcher)

Game log

2016 regular season game log: 103–58 (Home: 57–24; Away: 46–34)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement
Bold = Cubs team member


Game log

2016 postseason game log: 11–6 (Home: 5–3; Away: 6–3)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement
Bold = Cubs team member

Division Series

Game 1

Friday, October 7, 2016 8:16 pm CDT at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 1 3 0
WP: Jon Lester (1–0)   LP: Johnny Cueto (0–1)   Sv: Aroldis Chapman (1)
Home runs:
SF: None
CHI: Javier Báez (1)
Attendance: 42,148

The Cubs began postseason play with starter Jon Lester on the mound facing Johnny Cueto for the Wild Card Game-winning Giants. In the pitching duel, Lester scattered five hits in eight innings of work, shutting out the Giants.[147] Cueto also blanked the Cubs allowing only two hits prior to the eighth inning. In the eighth, Javier Baez hit a solo home run into the left field basket to put the Cubs up 1–0. Aroldis Chapman appeared for the save in the ninth and gave up a double to Buster Posey, but shut the Giants down as the Cubs took a 1–0 series lead.

Game 2

Saturday, October 8, 2016 1908 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 1
Chicago 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 X 5 9 3
WP: Travis Wood (1–0)   LP: Jeff Samardzija (0–1)   Sv: Aroldis Chapman (2)
Home runs:
SF: None
CHI: Travis Wood (1)
Attendance: 42,392

In game two of the series, the Cubs scored a run in the first inning on a Ben Zobrist single off former Cub Jeff Samardzija.[148] Starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks had the key hit in the second inning, driving in two runs on a single up the middle. Kris Bryant drove in the Cubs' fourth run of the game two batters later and the Cubs led 4–0, forcing Samardzija from the game. In the top of the third, the Giants answered, scoring two runs on back-to-back doubles by Joe Panik and pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco and a sacrifice fly by Brandon Belt. Hendricks was hit in the arm by an Ángel Pagán line drive, forcing him to leave the game. Reliever Travis Wood ended the Giants' rally and, in the bottom half of the inning, hit a solo home run to put the Cubs up 5–2. The home run was the first by a relief pitcher in a postseason game since 1924.[148] The Cub bullpen of Carl Edwards Jr., Mike Montgomery, and Héctor Rondón shut down the Giants for the remainder of the game with Chapman getting the save.

Game 3

Monday, October 10, 2016 8:39 pm CDT at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
Chicago 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 10 2
San Francisco 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 6 13 1
WP: Ty Blach (1–0)   LP: Mike Montgomery (0–1)
Home runs:
CHI: Kris Bryant (1), Jake Arrieta (1)
SF: None
Attendance: 43,571

The Cubs looked to finish the series sweep with Jake Arrieta facing the Giants' Madison Bumgarner in game three. The Giants looked to extend their streak to 10–0 in their last 10 elimination games.[149] Arrieta hit a three-run homer in the top of the second, putting the Cubs up 3–0. The Cubs threatened to chase Bumgarner from the game in the third inning putting runners on first and second with only one out following singles by Ben Zobrist and Addison Russell. However, the Cubs failed to score and the Giants scored a run in the third following a Denard Span double and added a second run in the fifth following Span's triple.[150] In the eighth inning, Travis Wood gave up a single and Héctor Rondón walked a batter. Closer Aroldis Chapman came in early to get a six-out save, but Chapman gave up a two-run triple to Conor Gillaspie to give the Giants' their first lead of the series. Chapman was lifted shortly thereafter, getting only one out. The Giants added another run on a single by Brandon Crawford. In the ninth, trailing 5–3, Dexter Fowler led off with a walk and Kris Bryant hit a two-run home run off Giants' closer Sergio Romo.[151] Mike Montgomery, took over in the ninth for the Cubs and held the Giants scoreless for four innings. In the 13th inning, the Giants' Brandon Crawford doubled to lead off the inning and Joe Panik doubled him home to send the series to a game four.

Game 4

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 7:40 pm CDT at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 6 6 0
San Francisco 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 5 11 2
WP: Héctor Rondón (1–0)   LP: Will Smith (0–1)   Sv: Aroldis Chapman (3)
Home runs:
CHC: David Ross (1)
SF: None
Attendance: 43,166

The Giants looked to continue their streak of wins in elimination games to 11 as the Cubs sent John Lackey to the mound against the Giants' Matt Moore. Lackey started off slow, allowing a leadoff double to Denard Span and a sacrifice fly by Buster Posey to give the Giants an early 1–0 lead. David Ross answered for the Cubs in the third with a solo home run to tie the game. The home run made Ross the oldest catcher ever to homer in a postseason game.[152] However, Lackey got in trouble again in the fourth, giving up a run-scoring to single to Moore with the bases loaded and a force-out grounder by Span to put the Giants up 3–1.[153] The Cubs bounced back with a run in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Ross.[152] Justin Grimm relieved Lackey in the bottom of the fifth and surrendered a single to Posey and double that just missed being a home run by Brandon Crawford. Travis Wood entered and gave up a single to Conor Gillaspie and sacrifice fly to Joe Panik as the Giants surged to a 5–2 lead. Moore cruised through the next three innings, retiring the Cubs in order in the eighth before being lifted for the Giants' bullpen to start the ninth as it appeared a Game Five was inevitable. However, the Giants ended up using five pitchers in the inning as Kris Bryant singled, Anthony Rizzo walked, and Ben Zobrist doubled to score Bryant and tighten the game at 5–3. Cubs manager Joe Maddon decided to pinch hit for Addison Russell and his 95 RBIs with Chris Coghlan. Giants manager Bruce Bochy countered with lefty reliever Will Smith and Maddon used rookie catcher Willson Contreras instead. Contreras promptly singled up the middle to tie the game at five.[154] Jason Heyward's attempted sacrifice bunt was too hard and Contreras was forced out at second, but gold-glove winner Crawford's throw to first ended up in the dugout allowing Heyward to reach second with one out. Javier Baez then singled up the middle to complete the comeback and give the Cubs the 6–5 lead. Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth as the Cubs eliminated the Giants and moved on to the NLCS. The Cubs' comeback marked the biggest comeback in postseason-clinching history.[154]

Composite line score

2016 NLDS (3–1): Chicago Cubs defeated San Francisco Giants.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
San Francisco Giants 1 0 3 2 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 13 36 4
Chicago Cubs 1 3 4 1 1 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 17 28 5
Total attendance: 171,277   Average attendance: 42,819

Division Series Roster

2016 Chicago Cubs
NLDS Roster
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


  • 95 Chad Noble (bullpen catcher)

Championship Series

Game 1

Saturday, October 15, 2016 7:08pm CDT at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 4 9 0
Chicago 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 X 8 9 0
WP: Aroldis Chapman (1–0)   LP: Joe Blanton (0–1)
Home runs:
LAD: Andre Ethier (1)
CHC: Miguel Montero (1), Dexter Fowler (1)
Attendance: 42,376

The NLCS opened at Wrigley Field with the Cubs' Jon Lester facing Kenta Maeda for the Dodgers. The Cubs moved on top early, scoring in the first on a lead-off single by Dexter Fowler and a Kris Bryant double to score him.[155] The Cubs added to their lead in the second when Jason Heyward tripled to start the inning and Javier Báez doubled him home, putting the lead at 2–0. Báez advanced to third on a wild pitch by Maeda and stole home on a late throw by Dodgers catcher Carlos Ruiz.[156] Lester cruised until the fifth inning when he allowed a pinch-hit home run by Andre Ethier, batting for Maeda, pulling the Dodgers within two at 3–1. Lester was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the sixth with a runner on second and two out, but the Cubs could not cash in on the scoring opportunity. In the top of the eighth, the Dodgers loaded the bases off Cubs relievers Mike Montgomery and Pedro Strop, bringing Aroldis Chapman into the game with no outs. Chapman struck out the first two batters he faced and appeared to be on the verge of escaping the inning, but Adrian Gonzalez singled up the middle scoring two runs and tying the game at three. The Dodgers brought in reliever Joe Blanton in the bottom of the eighth to try to keep the game tied. However, Ben Zobrist doubled to lead off the inning. Blanton struck out Addison Russell and the Dodgers chose to walk the left hand-hitting Heyward to face Báez. Báez could not come through, flying out softly to right field. Left hander Chris Coghlan pinch hit for David Ross and was also intentionally walked to load the bases. Batting for the pitcher, Miguel Montero, also a left hander, forced the Dodgers to choose to bring in a lefty reliever to face him and possibly see Willson Contreras instead or face Montero. The Dodgers chose to face Montero and on an 0–2 pitch, Montero hit a grand slam, putting the Cubs up 7–3. Fowler followed with a solo home run and Héctor Rondón gave up a run in the ninth as the Cubs won 8–4 and took the series lead 1–0.

Game 2

Sunday, October 16, 2016 7:08pm CDT at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
WP: Clayton Kershaw (2–0)   LP: Kyle Hendricks (0–1)   Sv: Kenley Jansen (3)
Home runs:
LAD: Adrian Gonzalez (2)
CHC: None
Attendance: 42,384

Game 2 of the series featured the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw off of his division series heroics and the Cubs' Kyle Hendricks. Kershaw was dominant from the start, pitching a perfect four innings before giving up a single by Javier Báez. However, the Cubs could get no further. Hendricks also pitched well, allowing a solo home run to Adrian Gonzalez in the top of the second inning. That would be all Kershaw needed as he pitched seven scoreless innings, scattering two hits. Dodgers' closer Kenley Jansen came in in the eighth to attempt a six out save. Jansen shut down the Cubs and the Dodgers tied the series at one game apiece heading back to Los Angeles. Cubs batters Addison Russell and Anthony Rizzo continued their struggles, each going 0–3 in the game. Combined, Ben Zobrist, Rizzo, and Russell are 6–60 in the playoffs.[157] The game also marked the Cubs first 1–0 game in the postseason since Babe Ruth and the Boston Red Sox blanked them in the 1918 World Series opener at Comiskey Park (borrowed by the Cubs because of its larger seating capacity).[158]

Game 3

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 7:08pm CDT at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Los Angeles 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 2 X 6 10 0
WP: Rich Hill (1–0)   LP: Jake Arrieta (0–1)
Home runs:
CHC: None
LAD: Yasmani Grandal (1), Justin Turner (1)
Attendance: 54,269

As the series shifted to Los Angeles, the Cubs looked to break out of their hitting slump and sent Jake Arrieta to the mound, the Dodgers countered with Rich Hill. However, the Cubs' hitting problems continued as Hill shut them down, allowing only two hits in six innings of work. The Dodgers scored first in the third with a run-scoring single by Corey Seager. The Dodger offense also homered twice off of Arrieta: a two run homer by Yasmani Grandal in the fourth and a solo homer by Justin Turner in the sixth. The Dodger bullpen continued where Hill left off and the Dodger offense added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 6–0 lead. Kenley Jansen pitched four outs to earn his second consecutive save. The back-to-back shutouts were the Dodgers first ever consecutive shutouts in postseason history.[159] The back-to-back shutouts marked the first time the Cubs had been shutout in back-to-back games since May 27–28, 2014.[160] The Cubs hitting slump continued as the 2-3-4-5 hitters went 3–27 in the two shutouts.[159] The win gave the Dodgers a 2–1 series lead.

Game 4

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 7:08pm CDT at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 4 1 5 0 0 0 10 13 2
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 6 4
WP: Mike Montgomery (1–1)   LP: Julio Urías (1–1)
Home runs:
CHC: Addison Russell (1), Anthony Rizzo (1)
LAD: None
Attendance: 54,449

As the Cubs entered Game 4, they looked to break their two-game scoring drought. Playoff veteran John Lackey took the mound for the Cubs as the Dodgers sent Julio Urías, the youngest pitcher to start a game in postseason history.[161] The Cubs struggles continued as Urías held the Cubs without a hit through three innings. In the bottom of the second, the Dodgers had a scoring chance denied as Adrian Gonzalez was thrown out at the plate by Jason Heyward after an Andrew Toles single. In the fourth, the Cubs bats began to awaken. Ben Zobrist notched the first Cub hit of the game as he bunted to lead off. Javier Báez and Willson Contreras followed with singles to score Zobrist. The run marked the first scored by the Cubs in 21 innings.[162] A Heyward groundout pushed home another run and left Contreras at third for Addison Russell. On an 0–2 pitch, Russell broke out of his slump with a two-run homer to put the Cubs up 4–0. Urías was lifted one batter later. In the top of the fifth, the Cubs breakout continued with Anthony Rizzo hitting a home run on a full count and pushing the lead to 5–0. Back-to-back walks to lead off the bottom of the fourth forced Lackey from the game. Reliever Mike Montgomery gave up a single to load the bases before striking out Corey Seager. A single off of Montgomery's glove by Justin Turner brought in two runs and the Dodgers closed the lead to 5–2. Montgomery retired the next two batters to end the threat. In the top of the sixth, the Cubs blew the game open. Russell singled and reached second on a throwing error. Montgomery singled, moving Russell to third. Dexter Fowler singled to score Russell. Following a Kris Bryant walk, Rizzo notched his second hit of the game as he singled to score two runs and up the lead to 8–2. Following a single by Zobrist to load the bases, Báez hit a sacrifice fly to center fielder Joc Pedersen. Pedersen's throw to home got by the catcher as Bryant scored and Rizzo came home on the wild throw as well ballooning the lead to 10–2.[163] The Cub bullpen shutdown the Dodgers for the remainder of the game as the series was tied at two games apiece.

Game 5

Thursday, October 20, 2016 7:08pm CDT at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 5 0 8 13 0
Los Angeles 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 4 9 1
WP: Jon Lester (2–0)   LP: Joe Blanton (0–2)
Home runs:
CHC: Addison Russell (2)
LAD: None
Attendance: 54,449

With the series tied at two games apiece, the Cubs looked to Jon Lester to keep up his strong playoff performance. The Dodgers also went with their Game 1 starter, Kenta Maeda. The Cubs started the scoring in the first inning on a single by Dexter Fowler and an RBI double by Anthony Rizzo, but could muster nothing further in the first. The Cubs left runners on base in the first, second, fourth, and fifth innings, but could not get another run in. The Dodgers tied the game in the bottom of the fourth following a Howie Kendrick double and steal of third. Adrian Gonzalez hit the ball to Rizzo who could not field it cleanly and the run scored as a result. The Dodgers lifted Maeda from the game in the fourth and turned it over to the bullpen. In the sixth, Javier Báez continued his strong postseason play by singling to start the inning. Following a strikeout of Jason Heyward, Addison Russell homered to center field to break the deadlock and put the Cubs up 3–1.[164] After stranding two more runners in the seventh, the Cubs offense broke the game open in the eighth. Russell reached on error and pinch hitter Willson Contreras singled to put runners at first and second. Pinch hitter Albert Almora, Jr. bunted the runners over and Dexter Fowler following with an infield singled to score the Cubs' fourth run of the game. An infield single by Kris Bryant scored Contreras and walk by Ben Zobrist loaded the bases for Baez. Baez, as he had done all postseason, came through with a bases-clearing double to put the Cubs up 8–1. The Dodgers added a run in the bottom of the eighth off of Pedro Strop on a double Carlos Ruiz. Cub closer Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth and allowed a run-scoring single by Josh Reddick and a sacrifice fly by Andrew Toles to make the score 8–4. Chapman induced Justin Turner to ground out to end the game. The win put the Cubs on the brink of the World Series with a three games to two lead as the series moved back to Wrigley Field. The Cubs took advantage of the Dodgers bullpen in the series, scoring 26 runs in 26.2 inning pitched by Maeda and the Dodger bullpen.[165]

Game 6

Saturday, October 22, 2016 7:08 pm CDT at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Chicago 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 X 5 7 1
WP: Kyle Hendricks (1–1)   LP: Clayton Kershaw (2–1)
Home runs:
LAD: None
CHC: Willson Contreras (1), Anthony Rizzo (2)
Attendance: 42,386

As the series returned to Wrigley Field, the Cubs looked to earn a trip to the World Series for the first time since 1945. The Cubs sent ERA-leader Kyle Hendricks to the mound while the Dodgers countered with Clayton Kershaw. On the first pitch of the game, Andrew Toles singled for the Dodgers and the game appeared to be off to a good start for the Dodgers. However, Corey Seager swung at the next pitch and grounded to Javier Báez who tagged Toles and threw to first to complete the double play. In the bottom of the first, the Cubs jumped out quickly on Kershaw who had blanked them in Game 2. Dexter Fowler doubled and Kris Bryant singled him home to give the Cubs a 1–0 lead. Anthony Rizzo reached on an error by Toles and with runners at second and third, Ben Zobrist hit a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 2–0. In the top of the second, Josh Reddick reached on an error by Báez, but Hendricks picked him off of first to end the inning. The Cubs added another run in the bottom of the second when Addison Russell doubled to left and scored on Fowler's single. In the bottom of the fourth, Willson Contreras led off the inning by homering on a line drive to left field to extend the lead to 4–0. In the fifth, Rizzo continued his hot hitting by homering to right center field and putting the Cubs up 5–0. Kershaw was lifted after that inning, but Hendricks continued his gem on the mound, retiring the side and facing the minimum batters through seven innings. In the eighth, after a flyout by Adrian Gonzalez, Reddick singled, only the second hit allowed by Hendricks. That ended the night for Hendricks as Cub manager Joe Maddon went to the bullpen and brought in closer Aroldis Chapman. Chapman induced Howie Kendrick into an inning-ending double play. In the top of the ninth, Chapman walked the second batter, but Yasiel Puig grounded into a game-ending double play as Wrigley Field erupted in celebration. The Cubs advanced to their first World Series since 1945 with the 5–0 win and the four games to two series win. In the game, the Cubs faced the minimum amount of batters, 27, in a game.[166] The only other time that had occurred in a postseason game was Don Larsen's 1956 perfect game for the Yankees.[167] Jon Lester and Javier Báez were named co-MVPs of the NLCS.[168][169]

Composite line score

2016 NLCS (4–2): Chicago Cubs defeated Los Angeles Dodgers.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles Dodgers 0 1 1 3 3 1 0 5 3 17 39 7
Chicago Cubs 4 3 0 5 2 7 0 10 0 31 48 3
Home runs:
Away: Andre Ethier (1), Adrian Gonzalez (1), Yasmani Grandal (1), Justin Turner (1)
Home: Willson Contreras (1), Dexter Fowler (1), Miguel Montero (1), Anthony Rizzo (2), Addison Russell (2)
Total attendance: 290,313   Average attendance: 48,386

Championship Series Roster

2016 Chicago Cubs
NLCS Roster
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


  • 95 Chad Noble (bullpen catcher)

World Series

Main article: 2016 World Series

Game 1

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 7:08 pm CDT at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Cleveland 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 X 6 10 0
WP: Corey Kluber (3–1)   LP: Jon Lester (2–1)
Home runs:
CHC: None
CLE: Roberto Pérez 2 (2)
Attendance: 38,091

To begin the historic World Series, the teams sent their number one starters to the mound in Cleveland: Corey Kluber for the Indians and Jon Lester for the Cubs. The Cubs altered their lineup a bit, batting Kyle Schwarber, making his first appearance in six months, as their DH.[170] Things started well for Lester as he retired the first two batters he faced. However, Francisco Lindor singled and stole second with two outs. Lester then walked Mike Napoli and Carlos Santana. With the bases loaded, José Ramírez hit an infield single to drive in a run and Lester hit the next batter, Brandon Guyer, to give the Indians a 2–0 lead.[171] Kluber started hot as well, striking out eight of the first nine batters he faced, a World Series record.[172] In the bottom of the fourth, Roberto Pérez homered to left off of Lester increasing the lead. Kluber continued his excellent performance, striking out nine before giving up a double to Ben Zobrist in the top of the seventh which ended Kluber's night and brought Andrew Miller to the mound. Schwarber walked and Javier Baéz singled to load the bases. However, Miller induced a shallow fly ball by pinch hitter Willson Contreras and struck out Addison Russell and David Ross to end the Cub threat. With Justin Grimm pitching for the Cubs in the bottom of the eighth, the Indians put runners on first and second and Héctor Rondón gave up another home run to Pérez to put the game out of reach 6–0.[173] The win put the Indians up one game and Terry Francona's World Series winning streak reached nine with this victory.

Dexter Fowler, Addison Russell, Jason Heyward, and Carl Edwards Jr. became the first African-Americans on a Cubs roster in a World Series. Additionally, Fowler (batting as the lead-off hitter) was the first African-American to appear and to bat for the Cubs in a World Series game. Both Fowler and Russell were the first African-Americans to start for the Cubs in a World Series.[144][145][146]

Game 2

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 6:08 pm CDT at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 5 9 0
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 2
WP: Jake Arrieta (1–0)   LP: Trevor Bauer (0–1)
Home runs:
CHC: None
CLE: None
Attendance: 38,172

Looking to tie the series at one game apiece, the Cubs sent Jake Arrieta to the mound against the Indians' Trevor Bauer. The Cubs also featured six players age 24 or younger in the starting lineup, a postseason record.[174] The Cubs started things off early as Kris Bryant singled in the first inning and Anthony Rizzo doubled to score Bryant and give the Cubs an early 1–0 lead.[175] Arrieta started well too, retiring the first two batters before walking back-to-back batters in the bottom of the first. However, Arrieta got a strikeout to end the inning. The Cubs struck again in the third following a two-out walk by Rizzo and a single by Ben Zobrist. A single by Kyle Schwarber scored Rizzo from second and pushed the Cub lead to 2–0. Bauer was forced from the game in the fourth and the Cubs struck again in the fifith. Rizzo walked again and Zobrist tripled to plate Rizzo.[176] Another run-scoring single by Schwarber and a bases loaded walk by Addison Russell pushed the lead to 5–0.[177] Arrieta continued to cruise, walking three batters but holding the Indians without a hit into the sixth inning.[178] In the sixth, a double by Jason Kipnis ended the no-hitter and a wild pitch by Arrieta two batters later scored the first Indians run.[179] Arrieta allowed another single and was lifted for reliever Mike Montgomery. Both teams threatened in the seventh but could not score and, following a single by Mike Napoli in the bottom of the eighth, Aroldis Chapman entered to finish the game for the Cubs. The win marked the Cubs first World Series win since 1945 as they evened up the series at one game apiece.[180]

Game 3

Friday, October 28, 2016 7:08 pm CDT at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 8 1
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
WP: Andrew Miller (1–0)   LP: Carl Edwards Jr. (0–1)   Sv: Cody Allen (1)
Home runs:
CLE: None
CHC: None
Attendance: 41,703

The series shifted to Wrigley Field for the first World Series game at Wrigley since 1945, and the first World Series night game.[181] Josh Tomlin went to the mound for Cleveland and Kyle Hendricks for Chicago. Both pitchers pitched well, but Hendricks was in and out of trouble frequently giving up six hits, and walking two in just four and a third innings. Following a single by Tyler Naquin, a bunt by Tomlin, a walk to Carlos Santana, Hendricks hit Jason Kipnis with a pitch to load the bases in the fifth.[182] Justin Grimm relieved Hendricks and got Francsico Lindor to hit into an inning-ending double play escaping with the score still 0–0. The Cubs chased Tomlin from the game in the bottom of the fifth, but Andrew Miller replaced him and retired pinch-hitter Miguel Montero.[183] Leading off the seventh, Roberto Perez singled to right off reliever Carl Edwards Jr. Pinch runner Michael Martinez replaced him at first. Naquin advanced Martinez to second with a bunt and Martinez moved to third on a wild pitch by Edwards. After Rajai Davis walked, pinch-hitter Coco Crisp hit a broken bat single to right to score Martinez. Mike Montgomery replaced Edwards and escaped the inning without any further damage. In the bottom of the seventh, the Cubs threatened to tie it with a two-out triple by Jorge Soler, but Javier Báez grounded out to end the inning. In the ninth, the Cubs again threatened to tie it, putting runners on second and third following singles by Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward. However, with two outs, Báez struck out swinging to end the game. [184] The win gave the Indians a 2–1 lead in the series. Cody Allen had his sixth save this postseason.

Game 4

Saturday, October 29, 2016 7:08 pm CDT at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 2 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 7 10 0
Chicago 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 7 2
WP: Corey Kluber (2–0)   LP: John Lackey (0–1)
Home runs:
CLE: Carlos Santana (1); Jason Kipnis (1)
CHC: Dexter Fowler (1)
Attendance: 41,706

With the series lead, the Indians sent Corey Kluber to the mound on short rest against John Lackey to try to extend the series lead to three games to one. The Cubs opened the scoring in the first inning with a double by lead-off man Dexter Fowler and a run-scoring single by Anthony Rizzo.[185] However, the Indians quickly answered in the top of the second as Carlos Santanta homered to tie it. Following an error by Kris Bryant and an intentional walk of Tyler Naquin, Kluber singled home the go-ahead run giving the Indians the 2–1 lead. The Indians added another run in the third when Francisco Lindor singled home Jason Kipnis to increase the lead to 3–1. Kluber continued to shut down the Cubs as he did in game one. Lackey was lifted after five innings, but reliever Mike Montgomery gave up another run in the sixth as the Indians lead moved to 4–1.[186] Cleveland put the game away in the seventh on a three-run homer by Jason Kipnis off of Travis Wood, pushing the lead to 7–1.[187] Fowler hit a consolation eighth inning solo home run off of reliever Andrew Miller, but that was it as the Cubs lost 7–2 and fell behind in the series three games to one.

Game 5

October 30, 2016 7:15 pm CDT at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 6 1
Chicago 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 X 3 7 0
WP: Jon Lester (1–1)   LP: Trevor Bauer (0–2)   Sv: Aroldis Chapman (1)
Home runs:
CLE: José Ramírez (1)
CHC: Kris Bryant (1)
Attendance: 41,711

Facing elimination and the last game at Wrigley Field for the season, the Cubs sent ace Jon Lester to the mound while the Indians countered with Trevor Bauer. Lester surrendered a second inning homer to Jose Ramirez as the Cubs fell behind 1–0.[188] However, Kris Bryant answered in the fourth homering to left to lead off the inning. Anthony Rizzo doubled following Bryant's homer and Ben Zobrist singled. Addison Russell followed with an infield single to score Rizzo and put the Cubs up 2–1. Following a Jason Heyward strikeout, Javier Báez singled on a bunt to load the bases with one out. David Ross hit a sacrifice fly to score Zobrist, but Lester struck out to end the inning. Bauer was removed from the game after pitching four innings, but the Cubs could do no further damage.[189] Leading 3–1, Lester allowed a run in the sixth following a single and stolen base by Rajai Davis and a Francisco Lindor single. Lester was lifted with the 3–2 lead after six innings. Carl Edwards Jr. replaced Lester in the seventh and gave up a single. Following a flyout, Cub manager Joe Maddon went to closer Aroldis Chapman for an eight-out save.[190] Chapman closed out the seventh and gave up a single to Davis in the eighth. Davis stole second and third, but Chapman stranded him there. In the ninth, Chapman retired the side, striking out José Ramírez to end the game and extend the series to a game six in Cleveland.

Game 6

Jake Arrieta was the starting pitcher in Game 6
November 1, 2016 7:08 pm CDT at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 3 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 13 0
Cleveland 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 6 1
WP: Jake Arrieta (2–0)   LP: Josh Tomlin (1–1)
Home runs:
CHI: Kris Bryant (2), Addison Russell (1), Anthony Rizzo (1)
CLE: Jason Kipnis (2)
Attendance: 38,116

The series returned to Cleveland with the Cubs looking to force a seventh game while the Indians looked to win the series. Cubs starter Jake Arrieta took the mound for the Cubs while Josh Tomlin took the hill for the Indians. The game started well for the Indians as Tomlin retired the first two batters easily and moved to an 0–2 count on Kris Bryant. However, Bryant drove Tomlin's next pitch over the left field wall to give the Cubs an early 1–0 lead. Anthony Rizzo followed the homer with a single and Ben Zobrist singled to move Rizzo to third. Addison Russell hit a fly ball to right center that ended up falling between the Indians outfielders scoring Rizzo. Zobrist also scored on the play knocking over Indians catcher Roberto Pérez to give the Cubs an early 3–0 lead. Arrieta cruised through the first two innings for the Cubs. In the third, Kyle Schwarber led off the inning with a walk. Bryant flied out and Rizzo singled. Zobrist singled again to load the bases and chase Tomlin from the game.[191] Dan Otero, replacing Tomlin, pushed Russell to an 0–2 count before Russell belted a homer to deep left center field for a grand slam. The Cubs lead ballooned to 7–0 and a seventh game seemed likely. In the fifth, Arrieta allowed a double to Jason Kipnis and he scored on a Mike Napoli single to reduce the lead by one. In the fifth, Kipnis further reduced the lead with a solo home run to left putting the Cubs up 7–2. Following a walk by Arrieta in the sixth, Mike Montgomery replaced him on the mound to induce a groundout to end the inning. In the seventh, Montgomery walked Pérez and gave up a Kipnis single with two outs. Cubs manager Joe Maddon again called on Cub closer Aroldis Chapman and he induced a groundout by Francisco Lindor to end the inning. Chapman gave up a single in the eighth, but got a double play to end the inning. In the ninth, with two outs, Bryant singled for his fourth hit of the game. Rizzo homered to push the Cub lead back to seven at 9–2. On the verge of pushing the series to a seventh game, Chapman walked the first batter and was replaced by Pedro Strop.[192] After giving up a run-scoring single to Pérez and walking Carlos Santana, Travis Wood entered to get the final out and force a game seven in the series.[193]

Game 7

Anthony Rizzo after catching the final out of the World Series
November 2, 2016 8:00 pm (EDT) at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Chicago 1 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 2 8 13 3
Cleveland 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 0 1 7 11 1
WP: Aroldis Chapman (1–0)   LP: Bryan Shaw (0–1)   Sv: Mike Montgomery (1)
Home runs:
CHC: Dexter Fowler (2), Javier Báez (1), David Ross (1)
CLE: Rajai Davis (1)
Attendance: 38,104

With the series tied at three games apiece, the Cubs sent regular season ERA leader Kyle Hendricks to the mound. The Indians countered with Corey Kluber, winner of games one and four. Things started well for the Cubs as Dexter Fowler led off the game with a home run to straight away center to give the Cubs an early 1–0 lead. Hendricks held the Indians scoreless until the third when Coco Crisp doubled, was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Roberto Pérez, and scored on a single by Carlos Santana. The Cubs jumped back out in front in the fourth when Kris Bryant singled, Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch, and Ben Zobrist forced Rizzo at second. Addison Russell hit a shallow fly ball to left field which allowed Bryant to tag and score to put the Cubs up 2–1. Willson Contreras followed the sacrifice fly with a double to right center field to score Zobrist and the Cubs were up 3–1. The lead increased in the fifth when Javier Báez homered on the first pitch of the inning to drive Kluber from the game. Andrew Miller, who had dominated the postseason, entered the game. Following a single by Fowler, Kyle Schwarber grounded in to a double play and Miller looked to have escaped the inning. But, Bryant coaxed a walk on a nine-pitch at bat and scored from first on a single to right by Rizzo to make the lead 5–1. Hendricks, who had seemingly settled down, got the first two outs in the bottom of the fifth, but walked Santana. Cub manager Joe Maddon pulled Hendricks to be replaced by game one and five starter, Jon Lester. Lester allowed a dribbler in front of the plate by Jason Kipnis, but David Ross, who had entered the game with Lester and was playing in his final major league game, threw wildly to first allowing runners to advance to second and third. Lester uncorked a wild pitch that bounced off Ross's mask and scored both runners, tightening the lead to 5–3. Ross partially atoned for the error in the sixth with a homer to center field to bring the lead to 6–3. Lester allowed runners in the sixth and the seventh, but held the Indians without a run. In the eighth, after retiring the first two batters, Lester allowed a single up the middle to José Ramírez.[194] Maddon had seen enough and brought Aroldis Chapman, pitching in his third straight game, into the contest. Brandon Guyer promptly doubled to score Ramirez and reduce the lead to two. Rajai Davis then stunned the Cubs by homering to left to tie the game at six.[195] In the ninth, Ross walked and was pinch run for by Chris Coghlan. Jason Heyward grounded into a force play, but then stole second and advanced on a bad throw by Yan Gomes. With two strikes, Báez attempted to bunt, but fouled out. Fowler grounded out to end the threat. Surprisingly, Chapman returned to the mound in the ninth and retired the Indians in order to force extra innings.

However, before the tenth inning could start, a 17 minute rain delay occurred.[196] Schwarber singled upon resumption of play and was pinch run for by Albert Almora Jr.[197] Almora advanced to second on a sacrifice fly by Bryant and the Indians chose to walk Rizzo to face Zobrist. Zobrist doubled down the left field line off Bryan Shaw to score Almora. Shaw then intentionally walked Russell to load the bases. Miguel Montero, in the game after Ross was lifted for a pinch runner, scored Rizzo on a single up the middle to move the lead to 8–6. Game two and five starter Trevor Bauer then retired Heyward and Báez to end the inning. Carl Edwards, Jr. was called on by Maddon to end the Cubs World Series drought. Edwards retired the first two batters, but walked Guyer. Davis followed up his game-tying homer by singling to score Guyer and reduce the lead to one. With the Indians out of position players, Michael Martínez, who had entered the game as a defensive replacement, came to the plate with two outs. Maddon countered with Mike Montgomery. On the second pitch by Montgomery, Martínez hit a soft grounder to Bryant who threw to first to end the game, series, baseball season, and their 108-year "curse".[198] Zobrist, who batted .357 in the series and led all players with 10 hits, was named World Series MVP.[199][200] Many baseball sources have called this game "one of the greatest Game 7's ever played."[201]

Composite line score

2016 World Series (4-3): Chicago Cubs beat Cleveland Indians.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Chicago Cubs 6 0 5 5 5 1 0 1 2 2 27 61 5
Cleveland Indians 2 3 2 2 3 3 4 6 1 1 27 55 6
Home runs:
CHC: Kris Bryant (2), Dexter Fowler (2), Addison Russell (1), Anthony Rizzo (1), Javier Báez (1), David Ross (1)
CLE: Roberto Pérez (2), Jason Kipnis (2), Carlos Santana (1), José Ramírez (1), Rajai Davis (1)
Total attendance: 239,499   Average attendance: 39,917
Winning player's share: $TBD.   Losing player's share: $TBD.

World Series Roster

2016 Chicago Cubs
World Series Roster
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


  • 95 Chad Noble (bullpen catcher)

N.B.: Tommy La Stella had been on the roster for the 2016 National League Division Series, but was replaced by Rob Zastryzny for the 2016 National League Championship Series.[202] Zastryzny was replaced by Kyle Schwarber on the roster for the 2016 World Series.[203]

Regular season statistics


(final regular season stats)

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Walks; SO = Strikeouts; Avg. = Batting average; OBP = On Base Percentage; SLG = Slugging Percentage; SB = Stolen bases

Almora, Jr., AlbertAlbert Almora, Jr. 47112143191314.277.308.4550
Arrieta, JakeJake Arrieta 31657172127.262.304.4150
Baez, JavierJavier Baez 142421501151911459.273.314.42312
Bryant, KrisKris Bryant 15560312117635339102.292.385.5548
Buchanan, JakeJake Buchanan 21000000.000.000.0000
Cahill, TrevorTrevor Cahill 518110000.125.222.1250
Candelario, JeimerJeimer Candelario 511010000.091.286.0910
Coghlan, ChrisChris Coghlan 48103212672116.252.391.3880
Contreras, WillsonWillson Contreras 7625233711411235.282.357.4882
Edwards Jr., CarlCarl Edwards Jr. 371000000.000.000.0000
Federowicz, TimTim Federowicz 1731362003.194.212.2580
Fowler, DexterDexter Fowler 125456841262571348.276.393.44713
Hammel, JasonJason Hammel 35656163007.246.258.2920
Hendricks, KyleKyle Hendricks 3258180002.138.167.1380
Heyward, JasonJason Heyward 14253061122271749.230.306.32511
Kalish, RyanRyan Kalish 77120002.286.444.2860
Kawasaki, MunenoriMunenori Kawasaki 1421372001.333.462.4292
La Stella, TommyTommy La Stella 741481740121211.270.357.4050
Lackey, JohnJohn Lackey 2963162002.095.123.1270
Lester, JonJon Lester 3359363006.102.185.1530
Montero, MiguelMiguel Montero 86241335281833.216.327.3570
Montgomery, MikeMike Montgomery 1711210001.091.091.0910
Patton, SpencerSpencer Patton 162000000 .000.000.0000
Peralta, JoelJoel Peralta 51000000 .000.000.0000
Richard, ClaytonClayton Richard 261000000 .000.000.0000
Rizzo, AnthonyAnthony Rizzo 1555839417043432109.292.385.5443
Rondón, HéctorHéctor Rondón 541000000.000.000.0000
Ross, DavidDavid Ross 671662438601032.229.338.4460
Russell, AddisonAddison Russell 151525671252532195.238.321.4175
Schwarber, KyleKyle Schwarber 24000000 .000.200.0000
Soler, JorgeJorge Soler 862273754901231.238.333.4360
Strop, PedroPedro Strop 551000000 .000.000.0000
Szczur, MattMatt Szczur 107185304891524.259.312.4002
Warren, AdamAdam Warren 293000000 .000.000.0000
Wood, TravisTravis Wood 8111020001.182.250.1820
Zastryzny, RobRob Zastryzny 83000000.000.000.0000
Zobrist, BenBen Zobrist 147523941423131876.272.386.4466


(final regular season stats)

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Arrieta, JakeJake Arrieta 1883.1031310197.1138726876190

Buchanan, JakeJake Buchanan

Cahill, TrevorTrevor Cahill 442.74501 065.24922203566
Chapman, AroldisAroldis Chapman 111.012802326.212431046
Concepción, GerardoGerardo Concepción 003.8630 02.121112
Edwards, Jr., CarlCarl Edwards, Jr. 013.75360236.01515151452
Grimm, JustinJustin Grimm 214.10680052.24724242365
Hammel, JasonJason Hammel 15103.8330300166.2148777153144
Hendricks, KyleKyle Hendricks 1682.1331300190.0142534544170
Lackey, JohnJohn Lackey 1183.3529290188.1146747053180
Lester, JonJon Lester 1942.4432320202.2154575552197
Matusz, BrianBrian Matusz 0018.001103.066622
Montero, MiguelMiguel Montero 006.751001.141100
Montgomery, MikeMike Montgomery 112.82175038.13015122038
Nathan, JoeJoe Nathan 100.003002.020024
Patton, SpencerSpencer Patton 115.48160021.12016131422
Peña, FélixFélix Peña 004.0011019.0544313
Peralta, JoelJoel Peralta 019.005004.065415
Ramirez, NeilNeil Ramirez 004.708007.2544810
Richard, ClaytonClayton Richard 016.43250 014.023141077
Rondón, HéctorHéctor Rondón 233.535401851.0422020858
Smith, JoeJoe Smith 112.51160014.11144515
Strop, PedroPedro Strop 222.84540047.12716151560
Warren, AdamAdam Warren 325.91291035.03124231927
Wood, TravisTravis Wood 402.95770061.04524202447
Zastryzny, RobRob Zastryzny 101.1381016.01232517

Postseason statistics


(final postseason statistics)

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Walks; SO = Strikeouts; Avg. = Batting average; OBP = On Base Percentage; SLG = Slugging Percentage; SB = Stolen bases

Almora, Jr., AlbertAlbert Almora, Jr. 910100000.000.000.0000
Arrieta, JakeJake Arrieta 45110013.200.200.8000
Baez, JavierJavier Baez 17688184028.265.282.4122
Bryant, KrisKris Bryant 176511205038.308.400.5231
Coghlan, ChrisChris Coghlan 97100000.000.125.0000
Contreras, WillsonWillson Contreras 17394102015.256.326.3850
Fowler, DexterDexter Fowler 177211185036.250.280.4441
Hendricks, KyleKyle Hendricks 56010002.167.167.1670
Heyward, JasonJason Heyward 1648451101.104.140.1674
La Stella, TommyTommy La Stella 11000000.000.000.0000
Lackey, JohnJohn Lackey 34000000.000.000.0000
Lester, JonJon Lester 67000000.000.000.0000
Montero, MiguelMiguel Montero 912120015.167.167.4170
Montgomery, MikeMike Montgomery 112110000.500.500.5000
Rizzo, AnthonyAnthony Rizzo 1765111850310.277.373.4922
Ross, DavidDavid Ross 816241024.250.300.6880
Russell, AddisonAddison Russell 176471320313.203.235.3750
Schwarber, KyleKyle Schwarber 517271002.412.500.4711
Soler, JorgeJorge Soler 813020100.154.313.3080
Wood, TravisTravis Wood 911100111.0001.0004.0000
Zobrist, BenBen Zobrist 17649165105.250.319.3590


(final postseason statistics)

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Arrieta, JakeJake Arrieta 213.6344022.11799725
Chapman, AroldisAroldis Chapman 203.45130415.21166621
Edwards, Jr., CarlCarl Edwards, Jr. 002.848006.152244
Grimm, JustinJustin Grimm 0012.466004.166613
Hendricks, KyleKyle Hendricks 111.4255025.11954719
Lackey, JohnJohn Lackey 004.8533013.01487612
Lester, JonJon Lester 312.0265035.22798630
Montgomery, MikeMike Montgomery 113.14110114.11455711
Rondón, HéctorHéctor Rondón 004.507006.08331 5
Strop, PedroPedro Strop 003.188005.242223
Wood, TravisTravis Wood 102.849006.152227


Baseball America Organization of the Year[204]

Sporting News Executive of the Year Award[205]

Most Valuable Player Award[206]

Rawlings Gold Glove Award[207]

Silver Slugger Award[208]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Iowa Cubs Pacific Coast League Marty Pevey
AA Tennessee Smokies Southern League Buddy Bailey
A Myrtle Beach Pelicans Carolina League Mark Johnson
A South Bend Cubs Midwest League Jimmy Gonzalez
A-Short Season Eugene Emeralds Northwest League Pat Murphy
Rookie AZL Cubs Arizona League Ricardo Medina
Rookie VSL Cubs Venezuelan Summer League Pedro Gonzalez
Rookie DSL Cubs Dominican Summer League Juan Cabreja


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