5 Potential Outcomes of Chicago Cubs’ 2014 Season

5 Potential Outcomes of Chicago Cubs' 2014 Season

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As a year that is thought to a bridge year between rebuilding and contending, 2014 could go a number of ways for the Cubs. It's the most unpredictable year of the Theo Epstein era in Chicago, and depending on a lot of different factors, it could impact the next few years of the organization. Here are five ways the season could go on the north side, ranging from worst-case scenario to best-case scenario.

5. Cubs Go 64-98

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5. Cubs Go 64-98

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Underachieving.

If the Cubs finished two games worse than last season, that would be considered a major step back for the organization. Even adding several young prospects wouldn't fix that kind of season, so 2015 would be looked at as the same kind of year 2014 is supposed to be. That wouldn't be good news for the rebuild.

4. Cubs Go 70-92

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4. Cubs Go 70-92

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Slightly Underachieving.

While a 70-win season would be nothing to scoff at for the Cubs, they are looking to do slightly better than that in 2014. It would only be a four-game improvement from last season, and there needs to be a bigger step taken this year in order to keep the rebuild on track.

3. Cubs Go 75-87

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3. Cubs Go 75-87

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Right Where They Should Be.

If the Cubs win 75 games in 2014, they will stay right on track with their rebuilding process. It would be a solid nine-game improvement from last season, and if they could duplicate that in the next couple seasons, they would be on track to be a playoff team in 2016.

2. Cubs Go 81-81

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2. Cubs Go 81-81

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Slightly Overachieving.

If the Cubs could go .500 in 2014, that might speed up the rebuilding timeline. Adding significant prospects in 2015 would potentially push them over the edge and enable them to be in contention for a playoff spot in 2015. Certainly, if this is how the Cubs finish, Cubs fans should feel optimistic about the future.

1. Cubs Go 87-75

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1. Cubs Go 87-75

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Overachieving.

To say 87 wins for the Cubs would be overachieving this season would be an understatement. That would be enough wins to have them in the wild card race all the way down to the wire and possibly claiming one of those spots. It's unlikely, but if it happens, then 2015 quickly becomes the year the Cubs should be making the playoffs, meaning 2016 becomes the season they should be serious contenders.

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