April-June: There were many debuts, most notably Kris Bryant and Addison Russell. The Cubs had ups and downs, they swept the Mets in a 4 game series in May, and got swept in late June by the Cardinals. They were a .500 team, with tons of potential. They are in the mix for a wild card spot.
July: There were some highlight moments, and lowlight games. Kyle Schwarber broke out in Cincinnati with a homerun to tie a game in the 9th, and a homerun to win it in extra innings. The lowlight of the season came when the Cubs got no-hit and swept by the worst team in baseball, the Phillies. After that series, the Cubs were trailing the Rockies after the Cubs blew a three run lead in the 9th. Had the Cubs lost that game, it would be their 5th straight loss, and they would fall the 4 game out of the playoffs. However, Kris Bryant had the moment that changed the season, when he hit a walk off home run. That win was the catalyst to Cubs' successful season, and it set up a memorable August.
August-end of the season: The Cubs played like they were the best team in baseball. In a four game series vs the Giants, who had a half game lead in the second wild card spot, the Cubs had a unforgettable sweep. The Cubs walk out of Wrigley with a 3.5 game cushion, and they never looked back. Rizzo made great catch on the tarp. Miggy and Bryant had walk off home runs, and the Cubs won 9 straight games. The Cubs swept the Brewers, and the Braves. Oh, how could I forget Arrieta's no-hitter? In the finally of a tough west coast trip, Arrieta pitch the game of his life, at the time. By the end of the month, the Cubs extended a 3.5 game lead to a 6.5 game lead. It was more of the same in September. The Cubs dominated the Diamondbacks and Cardinals. Jake Arrieta's historic second half put him in Cy young contention. The young bats were as hot as Arrieta's arm. On September the 25th, the Cubs clinched a playoff spot after a late night Giants loss.
Playoffs: On October 7th, Jake Arrieta silenced the PNC crowd in the wild card game. Schwarber and Fowler both hit homeruns, and the Cubs had a date with the Cardinals. After a tough game 1 loss, the Cubs were able to take a draw in St. Louis thanks to their small ball and long ball. In game 3, the Cubs hit six home runs, and it set up a clinching possiblity the next day. In game 4, a game I was at, Baez sparked the crowd, and the Cubs never looked back. Schwarber hit one on the scoreboard, and Rondon closed the door. There was something special about the first series clinch at Wrigley. Nobody wanted to leave, myself included. This was a rare event, and I wanted to soak it in for as long as possible.
Recap: In the beginning, the Cubs weren't expected to be in the playoffs. However, the Cubs young core passed expectations, and the Cubs had a season to remember. Even though it ended the way it did, and they didn't reach the top, I call it a successful season. In the offseason, the Cubs need a top of the rotation arm to solidify the Cubs as a World Series contender.