The 2022 Cubs are a team that outdid expectations. Many people thought that Willson Contreras would be in Houston by August, and he wasn't. He was in St. Louis by December. There's a difference.
The Chicago Cubs this year were good enough to retain a lot of their surging stars, such as Ian Happ, Nico Hoerner and the aforementioned Contreras, but not good enough to make a name for themselves as anything more than a good bad team. Their two big free agent signings, Marcus Stroman and Seiya Suzuki, made palpable but minimal impacts on the season. By the end, the load was being carried by a host of bit players and replacement guys, but in a completely different way than in 2021.
Tomorrow, as is custom as of late, a surprisingly large amount of Diamondbacks.