2015 Chicago Cubs
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Record97–65 (.599)
Divisional place3rd
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Owner(s)Tom Ricketts
General manager(s)Jed Hoyer
Manager(s)Joe Maddon
Local televisionWGN-TV
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WLS-TV
WPWR-TV
(Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies)
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The 2015 Chicago Cubs season was the 144th season for the franchise, the 140th in the National League and the 100th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs were managed by Joe Maddon in his first year as Cubs manager and played their home games at Wrigley Field as members of the National League Central Division.

They began the season on April 5, 2015 in a first-ever night-game home-opener against the St. Louis Cardinals at partially renovated Wrigley Field, and finished the regular season on October 4, 2015 on the road against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Cubs finished the season with the third-best record in baseball (97–65) which was also the third-best in their division, finishing one game behind the Pittsburgh Pirates (98–64) and three games behind the division winner, the rival St. Louis Cardinals (100–62). As a result, they qualified for the second wild card spot for the postseason, their first postseason appearance since 2008, and defeated the Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game to advance to the National League Division Series against the Cardinals. The Cubs defeated St. Louis three games to one to advance to the National League Championship Series against the New York Mets, the Cubs' first appearance in the NLCS since 2003. However, they were swept in four games.

In 2015, Forbes valued the Cubs at $1.8 billion, ranking them 17th out of all sports franchises in the world, and the fifth highest in all MLB.[1] The Cubs attendance for the regular season was 2,959,812, up over 300,000 from the previous year.[2]

Previous season

The Cubs finished the 2014 season 73–89 to finish in last place in the Central Division. Following the season, the Cubs fired manager Rick Renteria[3] and hired former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon.[4]

Offseason

Stadium changes

Main article: Wrigley Field renovations

On Monday, September 29, one day after the conclusion of the 2014 season, a $575 million four-year renovation project to Wrigley Field began. The bleachers in left and right field were expanded, the stadium was extended further onto both Waveland and Sheffield Avenues, and seven new outfield signs were installed along with a 5,700-square-foot jumbotron scoreboard in the left field bleachers and a 2,400 square foot video scoreboard in the right field bleachers. The parking lots along Clark Street were excavated for underground players' locker rooms and lounges.[5][6]

Coaching changes

The Cubs decided not to retain Mike Brumley as the assistant hitting coach. Bill Mueller, the hitting coach, resigned over the decision. On October 9. 2014 John Mallee, formerly the Astros hitting coach, was hired as his replacement. Eric Hinske was the assistant hitting coach and Doug Dascenzo was signed to replace him as first base/outfield coach.[7] In late October 2014, quality assurance coach Jose Castro resigned to work with Atlanta Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer.[8]

On October 31, the Cubs fired first year manager Rick Renteria.[9] On Monday, November 3, The Cubs announced the signing of Joe Maddon to a five-year contract as manager of the team.[10] Former Cub Henry Blanco was hired to be the quality assurance coach on November 22.[11] At the start of the 2015 season, Brandon Hyde went from 2014 season bench coach to first base and Doug Dascenzo was the outfield coach. Dave Martinez was bench coach. On February 24, 2015, Manny Ramirez was hired as a batting consultant, splitting time between Chicago and AAA Iowa.[12] Also, Kevin Youkilis was given a part-time job as a scouting and player development consultant.

Broadcast changes

In June 2014, the Cubs announced an end to their radio play-by-play history on WGN (720-AM) radio which dated back to 1924. In a new partnership with CBS Radio, the radio broadcast of their games moved to WBBM (780-AM) for the 2015 season.[13]

The Cubs finalized a new television broadcast agreement with long-time over-the-air carrier WGN-TV (Channel 9), in which the station would carry a reduced slate of 45 games per season. The team also signed a new broadcast agreement with ABC-owned station WLS-TV (Channel 7), in which they will show 25 games annually;[14] this deal replaced WCIU-TV as the Cubs' secondary over-the-air television outlet. Both agreements with WLS and WGN run through the end of the 2019 season. Play-by-play announcer Len Kasper and color commentator Jim Deshaies became employees of the Cubs rather than WGN-TV.[15]

As a result of a new programming strategy implemented by Tribune Media for WGN America, the cable superstation ceased televising Cubs games (as well as that of the Chicago White Sox and Bulls) to a national audience as of January 2015. This marked the end of a 36-season run of Cubs games televised on the national version of WGN-TV.

The Cubs created affiliate stations to complement the 2015 television and radio schedule.[16]

Transactions

Regular season

Game log

2015 Game Log (97–65)
April: 12–8 (Home: 6–5; Away: 6–3)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 5 Cardinals 0–3 Wainwright (1–0) Lester (0–1) Rosenthal (1) 35,055 0–1
April 7 Cardinals Postponed (inclement weather) (Makeup date: July 7)
2 April 8 Cardinals 2–0 Arrieta (1–0) Lynn (0–1) Rondón (1) 26,814 1–1
3 April 10 @ Rockies 1–5 Bergman (1–0) Wood (0–1) 49,303 1–2
4 April 11 @ Rockies 9–5 Hammel (1–0) Kendrick (1–1) 43,812 2–2
5 April 12 @ Rockies 6–5 Ramirez (1–0) Hawkins (1–1) Rondon (2) 41,363 3–2
6 April 13 Reds 7–6 (10) Rondon (1–0) Parra (0–1) 26,390 4–2
7 April 14 Reds 0–3 DeSclafani (1–0) Arrieta (1–1) Chapman (3) 27.525 4–3
8 April 15 Reds 5–0 Wood (1–1) Marquis (0–1) 29,205 5–3
9 April 17 Padres 4–5 Shields (2–0) Schlitter (0–1) Kimbrel (4) 32,138 5–4
10 April 18 Padres 7–6 (11) Rosscup (1–0) Kimbrel (0–1) 33,958 6–4
11 April 19 Padres 2–5 Cashner (1–2) Lester (0–2) Benoit (1) 29,113 6–5
12 April 20 @ Pirates 5–2 Arrieta (2–1) Caminero (0–1) 11,777 7–5
13 April 21 @ Pirates 9–8 Jackson (1–0) Melancon (0–1) Rondon (3) 13,680 8–5
14 April 22 @ Pirates 3–4 Worley (2–1) Hammel(1–1) Watson (1) 15,101 8–6
15 April 23 @ Pirates 4–5 Liz (1–1) Schlitter (0–2) Melancon (3) 22,224 8–7
16 April 24 @ Reds 7–3 (11) Motte (1–0) Badenhop (0–1) 39,891 9–7
April 25 @ Reds Postponed (inclement weather) (Makeup date: July 22)
17 April 26 @ Reds 5–2 Arrieta (3–1) DeSclafani (2–1) Rondon (4) 38,954 10–7
18 April 27 Pirates 4–0 Hammel (2–1) Worley (2–2) 29,159 11–7
19 April 28 Pirates 6–2 Wood (2–1) Locke (2–1) 29,915 12–7
20 April 29 Pirates 1–8 Cole (4–0) Hendricks (0–1) 30,634 12–8
May: 14–14 (Home: 9–6; Away: 5–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
21 May 1 Brewers 1–0 Lester (1–2) Peralta (0–4) Rondon (5) 31,128 13–8
22 May 2 Brewers 1–6 Fiers (1–3) Arrieta (3–2) 34,878 13–9
23 May 3 Brewers 3–5 Smith (1–0) Strop (0–1) Rodríguez (4) 33,398 13–10
24 May 4 @ Cardinals 9–10 Socalovich (2–0) Strop (0–2) Maness (2) 41,981 13–11
25 May 5 @ Cardinals 4–7 Harris (1–0) Jackson (1–1) Rosenthal (9) 41,613 13–12
26 May 6 @ Cardinals 6–5 Lester (2–2) Lynn (1–3) Rondon (6) 42,207 14–12
27 May 7 @ Cardinals 1–5 Lackey (1–2) Arrieta (3–3) Rosenthal (10) 44,472 14–13
28 May 8 @ Brewers 7–6 Hammel (3–1) Nelson (1–3) 38,283 15–13
29 May 9 @ Brewers 4–12 Lohse (2–4) Wood (2–2) 39,600 15–14
30 May 10 @ Brewers 2–3 (10) Blazek (3–0) Motte (1–1) 41,467 15–15
31 May 11 Mets 4–3 Lester (3–2) deGrom (3–4) Rondon (7) 32,980 16–15
32 May 12 Mets 6–1 Arrieta (4–3) Syndergaard (0–1) 31,542 17–15
33 May 13 Mets 2–1 Rondon (2–0) Torres (1–2) 33,709 18–15
34 May 14 Mets 6–5 Strop (1–2) Niese (3–3) Rondon (8) 31,497 19–15
35 May 15 Pirates 11–10 (12) Jackson (2–1) Liz (1–3) 33,617 20–15
36 May 16 Pirates 4–1 Lester (4–2) Cole (5–2) Wood (1) 38,883 21–15
37 May 17 Pirates 0–3 Burnett (3–1) Arrieta (4–4) Melancon (9) 36,289 21–16
38 May 19 @ Padres 3–4 Benoit (4–1) Russell (0–1) Kimbrel (11) 25,917 21–17
39 May 20 @ Padres 3–2 Grimm (1–0) T. Ross (2–4) Rondon (9) 25.028 22–17
40 May 21 @ Padres 3–0 Hendricks (1–1) Despaigne (2–3) 30.021 23–17
41 May 22 @ Diamondbacks 4–5 (13) Delgado (2–2) Rosscup (1–1) 34,498 23–18
42 May 23 @ Diamondbacks 9–6 Motte(2–1) Burgos (0–2) Strop (1) 30,502 24–18
43 May 24 @ Diamondbacks 3–4 Hellickson (2–3) Hammel (3–2) Ziegler (2) 39,660 24–19
44 May 25 Nationals 1–2 Roark (1–2) Grimm (1–1) Storen (15) 38,463 24–20
45 May 26 Nationals 3–2 Rondon (3–0) Grace (2–1) 30,440 25–20
46 May 27 Nationals 0–3 Scherzer (6–3) Lester (4–3) Storen (16) 34,215 25–21
47 May 29 Royals 4–8 Herrera (1–1) Strop (1–3) 34,273 25–22
May 30 Royals Postponed (inclement weather) (Makeup date: September 28)
48 May 31 Royals 2–1 (11) Rosscup (2–1) Madson (0–1) 37,766 26–22
June: 14–13 (Home: 5–4; Away: 9–9)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
49 June 1 @ Marlins 5–1 Hammel (4–2) Urena (0–2) 20,964 27–22
50 June 2 @ Marlins 2–5 Hand (1–1) Hendricks (1–2) Ramos (5) 23,789 27–23
51 June 3 @ Marlins 3–7 Haren (6–2) Lester (4–4) 22,962 27–24
52 June 4 @ Nationals 2–1 Arrieta (5–4) Gonzalez (4–3) Rondón (10) 35,465 28–24
53 June 5 @ Nationals 5–7 Roark (2–2) Wada (0–1) 36,124 28–25
54 June 6 @ Nationals 4–2 Hammel (5–2) Ross (0–1) Strop (2) 38,214 29–25
55 June 7 @ Nationals 6–3 Hendricks (2–2) Zimmermann (5–3) Motte (1) 40,939 30–25
56 June 9 @ Tigers 0–6 Sanchez (4–7) Lester (4–5) 33,301 30–26
57 June 10 @ Tigers 12–3 Arrieta (6–4) Greene (4–6) 33,397 31–26
58 June 11 Reds 6–3 Wood (3–2) Lorenzen (1–2) Rondón (11) 35,031 32–26
59 June 12 Reds 4–5 (10) Hoover (5–0) Rondón (3–1) Chapman (13) 40,016 32–27
60 June 13 Reds 4–3 Motte (3–1) Cingrani (0–3) 40,693 33–27
61 June 14 Reds 2–1 (11) Schlitter (1–2) Badenhop (0–2) 33,201 34–27
June 15 Indians Postponed (inclement weather) (Makeup date: August 24)
62 June 16 Indians 0–6 Bauer (6–3) Arrieta (6–5) 35,914 34–28
63 June 17 @ Indians 17–0 Wada (1–1) Marcum (3–2) 15,572 35–28
64 June 18 @ Indians 3–4 McAllister (2–2) Wood (3–3) Shaw (1) 15,891 35–29
65 June 19 @ Twins 2–7 Hughes (5–6) Hendricks (2–3) 36,817 35–30
66 June 20 @ Twins 4–1 (10) Motte (4–1) Boyer (2–3) Rondon (12) 40,066 36–30
67 June 21 @ Twins 8–0 Arrieta (7–5) Gibson (4–6) 40,273 37–30
68 June 22 Dodgers 4–2 Wood (4–3) Kershaw (5–5) Motte (2) 35,147 38–30
69 June 23 Dodgers 1–0 (10) Motte (5–1) Peralta (1–1) 36,799 39–30
70 June 24 Dodgers 2–5 Howell (3–1) Hendricks (2–4) Jansen (10) 36.653 39–31
71 June 25 Dodgers 0–4 Frias (5–5) Lester (4–6) 41,498 39–32
72 June 26 @ Cardinals 2–3 Maness (2–0) Grimm (1–2) 45,558 39–33
73 June 27 @ Cardinals 1–8 Wacha (10–3) Roach (0–1) Villanueva (1) 46,407 39–34
74 June 28 @ Cardinals 1–4 Martinez (9–3) Hammel (5–3) Rosenthal (23) 45,384 39–35
75 June 30 @ Mets 1–0 Hendricks (3–4) Niese (3–8) Motte (3) 27,084 40–35
July: 15–12 (Home: 7–9; Away: 8–3)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
76 July 1 @ Mets 2–0 (11) Motte (6–1) Torres (2–4) Grimm (1) 23,906 41–35
77 July 2 @ Mets 6–1 Arrieta (8–5) deGrom (8–6) 27,207 42–35
78 July 3 Marlins 1–2 Koehler (7–4) Hammel (5–4) Ramos (13) 41,212 42–36
79 July 4 Marlins 7–2 Richard (1–0) Cosart (1–4) 37,898 43–36
80 July 5 Marlins 2–0 Hendricks (4–4) Latos (3–6) Motte (4) 37,766 44–36
81 July 6 Cardinals 0–6 Lackey (7–5) Lester(4–7) 37,609 44–37
82 July 7 Cardinals 7–4 Arrieta (9–5) Lyons (2–1) 34,368 45–37
83 July 7 Cardinals 5–3 Wood (5–3) Maness (3–1) Motte (5) 35,703 46–37
84 July 8 Cardinals 5–6 Socolovich (3–1) Strop (1–4) Rosenthal (25) 37,993 46–38
85 July 10 White Sox 0–1 Petricka (3–2) Rondon (3–2) Robertson (19) 41,580 46–39
86 July 11 White Sox 1–5 Sale (8–4) Lester (4–8) 41,596 46–40
87 July 12 White Sox 3–1 Arrieta (10–5) Quintana (4–9) 41,688 47–40
86th All-Star Game in Cincinnati, Ohio
88 July 17 @ Braves 2–4 Vizciano (1–0) Strop (1–5) Johnson (6) 42,532 47–41
89 July 18 @ Braves 4–0 Lester (5–8) Banuelos (1–1) 45,758 48–41
90 July 19 @ Braves 4–1 Arrieta (11–5) Miller (5–6) 31,690 49–41
91 July 20 @ Reds 4–5 Matthews (1–1) Grimm (1–3) Chapman (19) 34,900 49–42
92 July 21 @ Reds 5–4 (13) Motte (7–1) Adcock (1–2) Grimm (2) 36,845 50–42
93 July 22 @ Reds 1–9 Leake (8–5) Hendricks (4–5) 35,093 50–43
94 July 22 @ Reds 6–5 Rondon (4–2) Chapman (3–4) Motte (6) 39,183 51–43
95 July 24 Phillies 3–5 (10) Giles (5–2) Russell (0–2) Papelbon (17) 41,230 51–44
96 July 25 Phillies 0–5 Hamels (6–7) Arrieta (11–6) 41,683 51–45
97 July 26 Phillies 5–11 Nola (1–1) Hammel (5–5) 41,123 51–46
98 July 27 Rockies 9–8 Soriano (1–0) Axford (3–4) 35,070 52–46
99 July 28 Rockies 2–7 Flande (1–1) Beeler (0–1) 36.747 52–47
100 July 29 Rockies 3–2 Lester (6–8) Butler (3–7) Rondon (13) 38,874 53–47
101 July 30 @ Brewers 5–2 Soriano (2–0) Smith (4–2) Rondon (14) 36,206 54–47
102 July 31 @ Brewers 4–1 Hammel (6–5) Jungmann (5–3) Rondon (15) 35,669 55–47
August: 19–9 (Home: 12–3; Away: 7–6)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
103 August 1 @ Brewers 4–2 Hendricks (5–5) Garza (5–12) Hunter (1) 41,720 56–47
104 August 2 @ Brewers 4–3 Richard (2–0) Lohse (5–13) Rondon (16) 38,536 57–47
August 3 @ Pirates Postponed (inclement weather) (Makeup date: September 15)
105 August 4 @ Pirates 5–0 Arrieta (12–6) Happ (4–7) 34,993 58–47
106 August 5 @ Pirates 5–7 Bastardo (3–1) Wood (5–4) Melancon (34) 35,759 58–48
107 August 6 Giants 5–4 Grimm (2–3) Heston (11–6) Rondon (17) 41,242 59–48
108 August 7 Giants 7–3 Lester (7–8) Vogelsong (7–8) Rondon (18) 41,311 60–48
109 August 8 Giants 8–6 Hendricks (6–5) Cain (2–3) Grimm (3) 41,305 61–48
110 August 9 Giants 2–0 Arrieta (13–6) Peavy (2–5) Rondon (19) 39,939 62–48
111 August 11 Brewers 6–3 Haren (8–7) Jungmann (6–4) Russell (1) 37,109 63–48
112 August 12 Brewers 3–2 (10) Hunter (3–2) Blazek (5–3) 36,438 64–48
113 August 13 Brewers 9–2 Lester (8–8) Cravy (0–4) 40,799 65–48
114 August 14 @ White Sox 6–5 Richard (3–0) Samardzija (8–8) Rondon (20) 36,386 66–48
115 August 15 @ White Sox 6–3 Arrieta (14–6) Quintana (6–10) Rondon (21) 39,579 67–48
116 August 16 @ White Sox 1–3 Sale (11–7) Haren (8–8) Robertson (24) 39,475 67–49
117 August 18 Tigers 8–10 Alburquerque (3–0) Strop (1–6) 39,684 67–50
118 August 19 Tigers 8–15 Feliz (3–3) Lester (8–9) 40,310 67–51
119 August 20 Braves 7–1 Arrieta (15–6) Foltynewicz (4–5) 34,633 68–51
120 August 21 Braves 5–3 Motte (8–1) Miller (5–10) Rondon (22) 39,211 69–51
121 August 22 Braves 9–7 Strop (2–6) Jackson (2–2) Rondon (23) 41,196 70–51
122 August 23 Braves 9–3 Hammel (7–5) Wisler (5–4) 39,581 71–51
123 August 24 Indians 2–1 Rondon (5–2) McAllister (3–4) 36,283 72–51
124 August 25 @ Giants 8–5 Arrieta (16–6) Cain (2–4) Rondon (24) 41,595 73–51
125 August 26 @ Giants 2–4 Peavy (4–2) Hendricks (6–6) Casilla (31) 41,640 73–52
126 August 27 @ Giants 1–9 Bumgarner (16−6) Haren (8–9) 41,847 73–53
127 August 28 @ Dodgers 1–4 Kershaw (11−6) Hammel (7−6) Jansen (26) 44,874 73–54
128 August 29 @ Dodgers 2–5 Howell (5−1) Lester (8−10) Jansen (27) 51,697 73–55
129 August 30 @ Dodgers 2–0 Arrieta (17–6) Wood (9–9) 46,679 74–55
130 August 31 Reds 5–13 Mattheus (2−4) Grimm (2−4) Chapman (26) 34,017 74–56
September: 19–9 (Home: 10–5; Away: 9–4)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
131 September 1 Reds 5–4 Rodney (6−5) Badenhop (1−4) Rondon (25) 33,756 75–56
132 September 2 Reds 4–7 Hoover (7−0) Rondon (5−3) Chapman (27) 31,165 75–57
133 September 4 Diamondbacks 14–5 Lester (9−10) Godley (4−1) 36,132 76–57
134 September 5 Diamondbacks 2–0 Arrieta (18–6) Ray (3–11) Rondon (26) 40,690 77–57
135 September 6 Diamondbacks 6–4 Grimm (3−4) De La Rosa (12−7) 41,183 78–57
136 September 7 @ Cardinals 9–0 Haren (9–9) Lynn (11–9) 45,986 79–57
137 September 8 @ Cardinals 8–5 Hammel (8–6) Wacha (15–5) Rondón (27) 42,206 80–57
138 September 9 @ Cardinals 3–4 Broxton (2−1) Richard (3−1) Rosenthal (43) 43,557 80–58
139 September 11 @ Phillies 5–1 Arrieta (19–6) Morgan (5–6) 81–58
140 September 11 @ Phillies 7–3 Hendricks (7–6) Asher (0–3) Rondón (28) 22,538 82–58
141 September 12 @ Phillies 5–7 Giles (6–2) Rondón (5–4) 20,813 82–59
142 September 13 @ Phillies 4–7 Hinojosa (1–0) Richard (3–2) Giles (13) 23,450 82–60
143 September 15 @ Pirates 4–5 Watson (4–1) Grimm (3–5) Melancon (46) 31,488 82–61
144 September 15 @ Pirates 2–1 Lester (10–10) Happ (9–8) 25,914 83–61
145 September 16 @ Pirates 3–2 (12) Rondón (6–4) Worley (4–6) 31,945 84–61
146 September 17 @ Pirates 9–6 Richard (4–2) Morton (9–8) Wood (2) 28,228 85–61
147 September 18 Cardinals 8–3 Hunter (4−2) Maness (4−2) 40,846 86–61
148 September 19 Cardinals 5–4 Cahill (1–3) Wacha (16–6) Strop (3) 40,994 87–61
149 September 20 Cardinals 3–4 Martinez (14–7) Lester (10–11) Rosenthal (46) 40,962 87–62
150 September 21 Brewers 9–5 Hammel (9–6) Peralta (5–10) 34,373 88–62
151 September 22 Brewers 4–0 Arrieta (20–6) Cravy (0–8) 36,270 89–62
152 September 23 Brewers 1–4 Davies (2–2) Hendricks (7–7) Rodrigues (35) 37,559 89–63
153 September 25 Pirates 2–3 Cole (18–8) Lester (10−12) Melancon (51) 40,432 89–64
154 September 26 Pirates 0–4 Liriano (12−7) Hammel (9−7) 41,150 89–65
155 September 27 Pirates 4–0 Arrieta (21−6) Burnett (9-6) 40,617 90–65
156 September 28 Royals 1–0 (11) Rodney (7−5) Almonte (0−2) 40,552 91–65
157 September 29 @ Reds 4–1 Haren (10–9) Smith (0–3) Wood (3) 18,168 92–65
158 September 30 @ Reds 10–3 Lester (11–12) DeScalfani (9–13) 21,397 93–65
October: 4–0 (Home: 0–0; Away: 4–0)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
159 October 1 @ Reds 5–3 Hammel (10–7) Lamb (1–5) Rondon (29) 26,352 94–65
160 October 2 @ Brewers 6–1 Arrieta (22–6) Pena (2–1) 30,044 95–65
161 October 3 @ Brewers 1–0 Hendricks (8–7) Wagner (0–2) Rondon (30) 35,291 96–65
162 October 4 @ Brewers 3–1 Haren (11–9) Lopez (1–1) Wood (4) 32,959 97–65
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Postponement
Bold = Cubs team member

Season standings

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 100 62 0.617 55–26 45–36
Pittsburgh Pirates 98 64 0.605 2 53–28 45–36
Chicago Cubs 97 65 0.599 3 49–32 48–33
Milwaukee Brewers 68 94 0.420 32 34–47 34–47
Cincinnati Reds 64 98 0.395 36 34–47 30–51


Division Leaders W L Pct.
St. Louis Cardinals 100 62 0.617
Los Angeles Dodgers 92 70 0.568
New York Mets 90 72 0.556


Wild Card teams
(Top two qualify for postseason)
W L Pct. GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 98 64 0.605 +1
Chicago Cubs 97 65 0.599
San Francisco Giants 84 78 0.519 13
Washington Nationals 83 79 0.512 14
Arizona Diamondbacks 79 83 0.488 18
San Diego Padres 74 88 0.457 23
Miami Marlins 71 91 0.438 26
Milwaukee Brewers 68 94 0.420 29
Colorado Rockies 68 94 0.420 29
Atlanta Braves 67 95 0.414 30
Cincinnati Reds 64 98 0.395 33
Philadelphia Phillies 63 99 0.389 34


Record vs. opponents


Source: NL Standings Head-to-Head
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL LAD MIA MIL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL WSH AL
Arizona 3–3 2–4 6–1 13–6 6–13 5–2 5–2 2–5 2–4 1–5 9–10 11–8 0–7 3–4 11–9
Atlanta 3–3 1–6 3–4 1–6 3–3 10–9 5–2 8–11 11–8 2–4 2–5 3–4 4–2 5–14 6–14
Chicago 4–2 6–1 13–6 4–2 3–4 3–3 14–5 7–0 2–5 11–8 3–3 5–2 8–11 4–3 10–10
Cincinnati 1–6 4–3 6–13 2–4 1–6 3–4 9–10 0–7 4–2 11–8 2–4 2–5 7–12 5–1 7–13
Colorado 6–13 6–1 2–4 4–2 8–11 2–5 5–1 0–7 5–2 1–6 7–12 11–8 3–4 3–3 5–15
Los Angeles 13–6 3–3 4–3 6–1 11–8 4–2 4–3 3–4 5–2 1–5 14–5 8–11 2–5 4–2 10–10
Miami 2–5 9–10 3–3 4–3 5–2 2–4 4–2 8–11 9–10 1–6 2–5 5–2 1–5 9–10 7–13
Milwaukee 2–5 2–5 5–14 10–9 1–5 3–4 2–4 3–3 7–0 10–9 5–2 1–5 6–13 3–4 8–12
New York 5–2 11–8 0–7 7–0 7–0 4–3 11–8 3–3 14–5 0–6 2–4 3–3 3–4 11–8 9–11
Philadelphia 4–2 8–11 5–2 2–4 2–5 2–5 10–9 0–7 5–14 2–5 5–1 1–5 2–5 7–12 8–12
Pittsburgh 5–1 4–2 8–11 8–11 6–1 5–1 6–1 9–10 6–0 5–2 5–2 6–1 9–10 3–4 13–7
San Diego 10–9 5–2 3–3 4–2 12–7 5–14 5–2 2–5 4–2 1–5 2–5 8–11 4–3 2–5 7–13
San Francisco 8–11 4–3 2–5 5–2 8–11 11–8 2–5 5–1 3–3 5–1 1–6 11–8 2–4 4–3 13–7
St. Louis 7–0 2–4 11–8 12–7 4–3 5–2 5–1 13–6 4–3 5–2 10–9 3–4 4–2 4–2 11–9
Washington 4–3 14–5 3–4 1–5 3–3 2–4 10–9 4–3 8–11 12–7 4–3 5–2 3–4 2–4 8–12


Opening Day starters

Opening Day Starters
Name Pos.
Dexter Fowler CF
Jorge Soler RF
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Starlin Castro SS
Chris Coghlan LF
Mike Olt 3B
David Ross C
Jon Lester SP
Tommy La Stella 2B

Season summary

April

At the conclusion of the first month of the season the Cubs had a record of 12–8. It was their first winning April since the 2008 season. They led the National League in stolen bases with 25, were third in on-base percentage with .329, and sixth in acquiring walks with 71.[27] The pitching staff allowed the fewest walks in the National League with 41, they were third in WHIP with 1.15, fifth in striking out opposing batters with 181, sixth in opposing players batting average with .240, sixth in earned run average with 3.71 and allowed only 14 home runs against them.[28] During the month, the Cubs played in three extra-inning ballgames, winning all three.[29]

May

At the end of the first two months of the season the Cubs had a record of 26–22. It was the first winning two-month period since the end of the 2008 season. They were third in the National League in stolen bases with 46 and second at receiving walks at 192. They did, however, lead the league in striking out at 541. The pitching staff allowed the second fewest walks in the National League with 140, they were third in WHIP, third in striking out opposing batters, sixth in opposing players batting average with .246, fifth in earned run average with 3.72, and allowed 56 home runs against them.[33]

June

July

August

Rain delay at Wrigley Field August 18th, 2015
Rain delay at Wrigley Field August 18th, 2015

September

October

November

Transactions

Roster

2015 Chicago Cubs
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Postseason

Game log

2015 Postseason game log: 4–5 (Home: 2–2; Away:2–3)
National League Wild Card Game: 1–0 (Away: 1–0)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Series
1 Oct 7 @ Pirates 4–0 Arrieta (1–0) Cole (0–1)  — 40,889 1–0
National League Division Series: 3–1 (Home: 2–0; Away: 1–1)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Series
1 Oct 9 @ Cardinals 0–4 Lackey (1–0) Lester (0–1) 47,830 0–1
2 Oct 10 @ Cardinals 6–3 Wood (1–0) García (0–1) Rondón (1) 47,859 1–1
3 Oct 12 Cardinals 8–6 Arrieta (2–0) Wacha (0-1) 42,411 2–1
4 Oct 13 Cardinals 6–4 Cahill (1–0) Siegrist (0–1) Rondón (2) 42,411 3–1
National League Championship Series: 0–4 (Home: 0–2; Away: 0–2)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Series
1 Oct 17 @ Mets 2–4 Harvey (1–0) Lester (0–1) Familia (1) 44,287 0–1
2 Oct 18 @ Mets 1–4 Syndergaard (1–1) Arrieta (2–1) Familia (2) 44,502 0–2
3 Oct 20 Mets 2–5 deGrom (3-0) Cahill (0-1) Familia (3) 42,231 0–3
4 Oct 21 Mets 3–8 Colón (1–0) Hammel (0–1) 42,227 0–4
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Postponement
Bold = Cubs team member

Wild Card Game

Main article: 2015 National League Wild Card Game

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 7:08 pm CDT at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 7 0
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
WP: Jake Arrieta (1–0)   LP: Gerrit Cole (0–1)
Home runs:
CHI: Dexter Fowler (1), Kyle Schwarber (1)
PIT: None
Attendance: 40,889

Jake Arrieta pitched a complete game shutout, striking out 11 batters and allowing only four hits to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4–0 in the 2015 National League Wild Card Game. The Cubs were paced offensively by Dexter Fowler and Kyle Schwarber, who combined for five hits in seven at bats, each with a home run.[49] For the first time in 12 years, the Cubs won a postseason game after losing their previous nine postseason games in a row and advanced to play the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series.[50]

Division Series

Main article: 2015 National League Division Series § Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis

Game 1

Friday, October 9, 2015 4:46 pm CDT at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
St. Louis 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 X 4 6 0
WP: John Lackey (1–0)   LP: Jon Lester (0–1)
Home runs:
CHI: None
STL: Tommy Pham (1), Stephen Piscotty (1)
Attendance: 47,830

John Lackey allowed only three singles in seven innings and the Cardinals beat the Cubs 4–0 in the NLDS opening game. Rookies Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty each homered for the Cardinals.[51] Cubs starter, Jon Lester, gave up three runs in 7 1/3 innings and left the game trailing 2–0.

Game 2

Saturday, October 10, 2015 3:39 pm CDT at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 0
St. Louis 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 6 2
WP: Kyle Hendricks (1–0)   LP: Jaime García (baseball) (0–1)   Sv: Héctor Rondón (1)
Home runs:
CHI: Jorge Soler (1)
STL: Matt Carpenter (1), Kolten Wong (1), Randal Grichuk (1)
Attendance: 47,859

In their first divisional game win since 2003, the Cubs got five second inning runs including a two-run home run from Jorge Soler en route to a 6–3 win. Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks pitched well, but allowed a home run to the leadoff batter, third baseman Matt Carpenter in the first, and back-to-back solo shots to Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk in the fifth inning which led to his exit. Travis Wood, Trevor Cahill and Héctor Rondón worked 4 1/2 innings of relief.[52]

Game 3

Monday, October 12, 2015 4:08 pm CDT at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 2 6 8 0
Chicago 0 1 0 1 3 2 0 1 0 8 13 1
WP: Jake Arrieta (2–0)   LP: Michael Wacha (0–1)
Home runs:
STL: Jason Heyward (1), Stephen Piscotty (2)
CHI: Kyle Schwarber (2), Starlin Castro (1), Kris Bryant (1), Anthony Rizzo (1), Jorge Soler (2), Dexter Fowler (1)
Attendance: 42,411

The Cubs got 13 hits to support Jake Arrieta who struck out nine Cardinals over 5-2/3 innings while giving up four runs, the most he had allowed since June 16. Four rookies started for the Cubs and three of them helped to set a Major League playoff team record with six home runs in an 8–6 victory. Six different Cubs players homered – Kyle Schwarber in the second inning, Starlin Castro in the fourth, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo back-to-back in the fifth, Jorge Soler in the sixth, and Dexter Fowler in the eighth inning. Jason Heyward hit a sixth inning homer off Arrieta and Stephen Piscotty hit a two-run ninth inning homer off Héctor Rondón for the Cardinals. The eight total home runs for both teams set a Major League mark for one postseason game. Shortstop Addison Russell left the game in the fourth with left hamstring tightness after sliding head first into third on a triple.[53] Russell would not play the remainder of the postseason.

Game 4

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 2:38 pm CDT at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 8 0
Chicago 0 4 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 6 8 1
WP: Trevor Cahill (1–0)   LP: Kevin Siegrist (0–1)   Sv: Héctor Rondón (2)
Home runs:
STL: Stephen Piscotty (3)
CHI: Kyle Schwarber (3), Anthony Rizzo (2), Javier Báez (2), Dexter Fowler (1)
Attendance: 42,411

Eight Chicago Cub pitchers allowed eight hits and combined for 15 strikeouts to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals and win a postseason series for the first time ever at Wrigley Field.[54] The score was 2–0 in favor of the Cardinals when the second batter of the game, Stephen Piscotty, hit a two-run homer. In the bottom of the second inning, starting pitcher Jason Hammel drove in Starlin Castro with a sharp single to center and Addison Russell's replacement at shortstop, Javier Báez, followed with a three-run homer to right off Cardinals starter, John Lackey. The Cards rallied and tied the score in the top of the sixth, but the rally ended with a strong throw to catcher Miguel Montero from right fielder Jorge Soler to throw out Tony Cruz at the plate as Cruz attempted to score the lead run from second.[55] Anthony Rizzo hit a go-ahead solo homer off Cardinal reliever Kevin Siegrist in the bottom of the inning on a two out, 0-2 pitch.[56] Kyle Schwarber added an insurance run in the seventh inning, also off Siegrist, with a home run ball that landed on top of the new right field Budweiser scoreboard.[57] Pedro Strop in the eighth and Héctor Rondón in the ninth struck out four of the seven batters they faced to preserve the 6–4 victory.[58]

Championship Series

Main article: 2015 National League Championship Series

Game 1

Saturday, October 17, 2015 7:08 pm CDT at Citi Field in New York, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 5 0
New York 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 X 4 8 1
WP: Matt Harvey (2–0)   LP: Jon Lester (0–2)   Sv: Jeurys Familia (3)
Home runs:
CHI: Kyle Schwarber (4)
NY: Daniel Murphy (4), Travis D'Arnaud (2)
Attendance: 44,287

Game 2

Sunday, October 18, 2015 7:09 pm CDT at Citi Field in New York, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 0
New York 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 4 5 0
WP: Noah Syndergaard (1–1)   LP: Jake Arrieta (2–1)   Sv: Jeurys Familia (4)
Home runs:
CHI: None
NY: Daniel Murphy (5)
Attendance: 44,502

Game 3

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 6:07 pm CDT at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 5 11 0
Chicago 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 1
WP: Jacob deGrom (3–0)   LP: Trevor Cahill (1–1)   Sv: Jeurys Familia (5)
Home runs:
NY: Daniel Murphy (6)
CHI: Kyle Schwarber (5), Jorge Soler (3)
Attendance: 42,231

For the third game in the series, the Mets scored in the first with a double by Yoenis Céspedes that drove in David Wright off of Cubs starter, Kyle Hendricks. A home run by Kyle Schwarber tied the game in the bottom of the first. In the third, the Mets responded with Daniel Murphy's solo homer, his fifth consecutive postseason game with a home run, to put the Mets up 2–1. Jorge Soler's homer in the fourth again tied the game. The bottom fell out for the Cubs in the sixth when a wild pitch by Trevor Cahill (the losing pitcher) on strike three allowed Yoenis Céspedes to score, putting the Mets up 3–2. A Céspedes single and a sacrifice grounder by Lucas Duda in the seventh drove in Wright and Murphy, for a final score of 5–2 and series deficit of 3–0 for the Cubs.

Game 4

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 6:07 pm CDT at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 8 11 0
Chicago 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 6 0
WP: Bartolo Colón (1–0)   LP: Jason Hammel (0–1)
Home runs:
NY: Lucas Duda (1), Travis d'Arnaud (3), Daniel Murphy (7)
CHI: Kris Bryant (2)
Attendance: 42,227

As in every previous game of the series, the Mets took control of the game in the first inning when first baseman Lucas Duda hit a three-run home run to center field against Cubs starter Jason Hammel. The next batter, catcher Travis d'Arnaud, also hit a home run to make it 4–0. In the second inning, Cubs relief pitcher Travis Wood allowed a two-run double to Duda making it a 6–0 game. Duda's five RBIs tied a Mets record for most in a postseason game. Chicago's first rally came in the fourth when they loaded the bases with no outs for second baseman Starlin Castro. Mets third baseman David Wright made a leaping grab of Castro's line drive to prevent an extra base hit and two runs. However, the Cubs got their first run on an RBI groundout by left fielder Kyle Schwarber. Shortstop Javier Báez popped out in foul territory, stranding two runners and the Cubs were down 6–1. In the fifth inning, after outfielders Dexter Fowler and Jorge Soler reached base, Mets reliever Bartolo Colón struck out third baseman Kris Bryant and the Cubs again stranded two baserunners. In the eighth inning, New York's Daniel Murphy hit a two-run homer, his fourth home run of the series, his seventh of the postseason, and his sixth consecutive game with a home run, a new MLB postseason record. Bryant hit a consolation two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to put the Mets lead to 8–3. When closer Jeurys Familia struck out Fowler in the ninth, the Mets were back in the World Series for the first time since 2000. The Cubs never had a lead at any point in the four game series. After hitting .529 with the four home runs and a 1.294 slugging percentage for the series, New York's Daniel Murphy was named series MVP.

Regular season statistics

Batting

(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; SB = Stolen bases; Avg. = Batting average

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
Arismendy Alcántara 11 26 5 2 0 0 0 1 .077 1
Jake Arrieta 30 79 5 12 1 1 2 2 .152 0
Javier Báez 28 76 4 22 6 0 1 4 .289 1
Mike Baxter 34 57 6 14 1 0 0 2 .246 0
Dallas Beeler 3 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 .333 0
Quintin Berry 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Kris Bryant 151 559 87 154 31 5 26 99 .275 13
Welington Castillo 24 43 5 7 2 0 2 5 .163 0
Starlin Castro 151 547 52 145 23 2 11 69 .265 5
Chris Coghlan 148 440 64 110 25 6 16 41 .250 11
Chris Denorfia 103 212 18 57 11 1 3 18 .269 0
Dexter Fowler 156 596 102 149 29 8 17 46 .250 20
Justin Grimm 60 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Jason Hammel 31 65 6 11 1 0 0 4 .169 0
Dan Haren 10 15 1 1 0 0 0 1 .067 0
Kyle Hendricks 31 59 2 3 1 0 0 1 .051 0
Jonathan Herrera 73 126 14 29 5 1 2 14 .230 3
Austin Jackson 29 72 10 17 7 0 1 10 .236 2
Tommy La Stella 33 67 4 18 6 0 1 11 .269 2
Junior Lake 21 58 2 13 4 0 1 5 .224 4
Jon Lester 30 62 6 4 0 0 0 0 .065 0
Miguel Montero 113 347 36 86 11 0 15 53 .248 1
Mike Olt 6 15 1 2 0 0 1 1 .133 0
Clayton Richard 22 14 1 2 2 0 0 3 .143 0
Anthony Rizzo 160 586 94 163 38 3 31 101 .278 17
Donn Roach 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1.000 0
David Ross 72 159 6 28 9 0 1 9 .176 1
Addison Russell 142 475 60 115 29 1 13 54 .242 4
James Russell 49 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Kyle Schwarber 69 232 52 57 6 1 16 43 .246 3
Jorge Soler 101 366 39 96 18 1 10 47 .262 3
Matt Szczur 47 72 5 16 5 0 1 8 .222 2
Taylor Teagarden 8 15 0 3 0 0 0 2 .200 0
Tsuyoshi Wada 8 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Travis Wood 58 30 0 3 0 0 0 2 .100 0

Pitching

(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

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER BB K
Jake Arrieta 22 6 1.77 33 33 0 229.0 150 52 45 48 236
Dallas Beeler 0 1 9.72 3 3 0 8.1 14 11 9 7 7
Trevor Cahill 1 0 2.12 11 0 0 17.0 8 4 4 5 22
Phil Coke 0 0 6.30 16 0 0 10.0 14 7 7 3 9
Chris Denorfia 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0
Carl Edwards Jr. 0 0 3.86 5 0 0 4.2 3 3 2 3 4
Gonzalez Germen 0 0 7.50 6 0 0 6.0 8 5 5 5 8
Justin Grimm 3 5 1.99 62 0 3 49.2 31 18 11 26 67
Jason Hammel 10 7 3.74 31 31 0 170.2 158 79 71 40 172
Dan Haren 4 2 4.01 11 11 0 58.1 58 29 26 13 44
Kyle Hendricks 8 7 3.95 32 32 0 180.0 166 82 79 43 167
Tommy Hunter 2 0 5.74 19 0 1 15.2 20 10 10 3 23
Edwin Jackson 2 1 3.19 23 0 0 31.0 30 14 11 12 23
Jon Lester 11 12 3.34 32 32 0 205.0 183 83 76 47 207
Yoervis Medina 0 0 7.00 5 0 0 9.0 12 7 7 4 7
Jason Motte 8 1 3.91 57 0 6 48.1 48 21 21 11 34
Neil Ramirez 1 0 3.21 19 0 0 14.0 12 5 5 6 15
Clayton Richard 4 2 3.83 23 3 0 42.1 47 18 18 7 22
Fernando Rodney 2 0 0.75 14 0 0 12.0 8 1 1 4 15
Héctor Rondón 6 4 1.67 72 0 30 70.0 55 19 13 15 69
David Ross 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0
Zac Rosscup 2 1 4.39 33 0 0 26.2 26 13 13 13 29
James Russell 0 2 5.29 49 0 1 34.0 42 24 20 9 29
Brian Schlitter 1 2 7.36 10 0 0 7.1 12 6 6 2 4
Rafael Soriano 2 0 6.35 6 0 0 5.2 8 4 4 1 4
Pedro Strop 2 6 2.91 76 0 3 68.0 39 24 22 29 81
Tsuyoshi Wada 1 1 3.62 8 7 0 32.1 30 14 13 11 31
Travis Wood 5 4 3.84 54 9 4 100.2 86 48 43 39 118

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

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

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Myrtle Beach[59]

In popular culture

In the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II, the 2015 Chicago Cubs win the World Series.

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