2009 MLB season review: Chicago Cubs

The 2009 season of the Chicago Cubs ended up being a pretty disappointing. Many thought that this team had World Series talent on the roster, and on some days they played like a team ready to make a deep October run. On other days they looked terrible, and on some days they looked pretty terrible. In the end they did finish with a winning record, but were never able to build a big lead in the National League Central. A big reason for that is how poorly this team played on the road. For the year they went 37-44 on the road.

Their final record was 83-78 and that was good enough for second in their division. This team spent 17 days in first place, but was only able to build a half game lead on their competition. Their last day in first place was August sixth. They had a season long winning streak of just five games, while they suffered a 8 game skid in early May. These numbers show just how inconsistent this team actually was.

The Cubs offensive was extremely inconsistent, mostly due to the struggles of Milton Bradley. The disgruntled Cubs right Fielder, hit just .257 while hitting just 12 home runs. The Cubs were counting on bigger numbers from him. As a team they hit just.255, they hit 161 home runs, and drove and scored 707 runs. While only one Cubs pitcher had double digit victories, three more had nine. Their staff ERA was 3.84, and they recorded 1,272 strike outs compared to issuing just 586 walks.

In all 3,168,859 fans came to Wrigley Field to see Cubs home games. For their 80 home games they averaged 39,610, which was sixth best in the entire MLB. Proving that win or lose the Cubs are a great box office draw the team was able to sell 96.3% of their 2009 ticket inventory.