2020 Chicago Cubs
National League Central Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record34–26 (.567)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Tom Ricketts
President of Baseball OperationsTheo Epstein
General manager(s)Jed Hoyer
Manager(s)David Ross
Local televisionMarquee Sports Network
(Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies)
Local radioWSCR
Chicago Cubs Radio Network
(Pat Hughes, Ron Coomer, Zach Zaidman)
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The 2020 Chicago Cubs season was the 149th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 145th in the National League and the Cubs' 105th season at Wrigley Field. The Cubs were managed by David Ross,[1] in his first year as Cubs manager, and played their home games at Wrigley Field as members of Major League Baseball's National League Central Division. The Cubs opened the season on July 24 against the Milwaukee Brewers and finished the season on the road against the Chicago White Sox.[2]

The Cubs clinched a playoff berth on September 22, 2020, when the Philadelphia Phillies were swept in a doubleheader.[3] This marked the Cubs' fifth playoff appearance in the previous six years.[4] Four days later, they clinched the National League Central Division title for the first time since 2017.[5] They finished the regular season 34–26 to win the division by three games. They received the No. 3 seed in the newly-expanded playoffs.[6] However, they were swept in the Wild Card Series by the Miami Marlins.[7]

The season was shortened to a 60-game schedule due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.[8]

Previous season

The Cubs finished the 2019 season 84–78 to finish in third place in the Central Division. The Cubs failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2014. The season marked the final year with Joe Maddon as manager of the Cubs.[9]

COVID-19 effects on season

On March 12, 2020, MLB announced that because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the start of the regular season would be delayed by at least two weeks in addition to the remainder of spring training being cancelled.[10] Four days later, it was announced that the start of the season would be pushed back indefinitely due to the recommendation made by the CDC to restrict events of more than 50 people for eight weeks.[11] On June 23, commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally implemented a 60-game season. Players reported to training camps at their home ballparks on July 1 in order to resume spring training and prepare for a July 24 Opening Day.[8]

Television broadcasts

The season marked the debut season for the team's new cable television network, the Marquee Sports Network, which debuted in February 2020.[12] All Cubs games, except for those subject to national broadcasts (on Fox, TBS and ESPN), were aired on Marquee.[12] Previously, Cubs games were split between NBC Sports Chicago, WGN-TV, and ABC 7.[13] On the day of the scheduled start of the shortened season, Marquee announced an agreement with Comcast, who had more than one millions cable subscribers in the Chicago area and which represented half of the market share for the home television market, the day of the first game of the season.[14] Marquee was only able to work out a deal with one streaming provider, Hulu, for the 2020 season.[15] Marquee also had agreements with DirecTV, but no other providers.[16] Following the season, Hulu dropped the network.[17]

Offseason

Coaching changes

Prior to the end of the 2019 season, the Cubs announced that Joe Maddon would not return as manager for the Cubs in 2020.[18] On October 24, 2019, the team announced that former Cub David Ross had been hired as the team's next manager.[1] Maddon was later named the manager of the Los Angeles Angels.[19]

Third base coach Brian Butterfield and strength and conditioning coach Tim Buss left the Cubs to join Maddon in Anaheim.[20] Former San Diego Padres manager Andy Green was hired as bench coach. Craig Driver was hired to coach first base with Will Veneble moving to coach third. The Cubs also added Mike Napoli (quality assurance coach) and Chris Young (bullpen coach).[21]

Rule changes

For the 2020 season, MLB instituted several new rule changes including the following:[22]

Further rule changes came into effect in response to the COVID-19 pandemic including the use of the DH in the National League, a shortened schedule, and starting extra innings with a runner at second base.[23] After the start of the season, MLB also instituted seven-inning games for doubleheaders.[24]

Transactions

October 2019

October 11 Signed free agents OF Gabriel Disla and RHP Edgar Mercedes to minor league contracts.
October 31 OF Nicholas Castellanos, LHP Xavier Cedeno, RHP Steve Cishek, LHP Cole Hamels, C Jonathan Lucroy, RHP Brandon Kintzler, RHP Pedro Strop, and 2B Ben Zobrist elected free agency.

Source[25]

November 2019

November 2 LHP Derek Holland elected free agency
November 4 RHP Tony Barnette, RHP Kendall Graveman, RHP Brandon Morrow, and RHP David Phelps elected free agency. RHP Allen Webster sent outright to Iowa Cubs.
November 20 Selected the contracts of C Miguel Amaya, RHP Tyson Miller, RHP Colin Rea, RHP Manuel Rodriguez, and SS Zack Short.
November 23 Traded cash considerations to Oakland Athletics for RHP Jharel Cotton.
November 27 Claimed LHP CD Pelham off waivers from Texas Rangers.

Source[25]

December 2019

December 2 LHP Danny Hultzen and 2B Addison Russell elected free agency.
December 6 Signed free agent RHP Dan Winkler.
December 12 Claimed RHP Trevor Megill off waivers from El Paso Chihuahuas.
December 14 Signed free agents RHP Ben Taylor, CF Ian Miller, RHP Brandon Morrow to minor league contracts and invited them to spring training.
December 15 Signed free agent RHP Caleb Simpson to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
December 16 Signed free agent LHP Danny Hultzen to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
December 18 Signed free agent LHP Rex Brothers to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
December 19 Signed free agent 2B Hernán Pérez to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
December 20 Signed free agent RHP Ryan Tepera. Signed free agent LF Noel Cuevas to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Source[25]

January 2020

January 13 Traded CF Tony Kemp to Oakland Athletics for 1B Alfonso Rivas.
January 17 Traded 2B Clayton Daniel to Los Angeles Dodgers for RHP Casey Sadler.
January 21 Traded future considerations to Boston Red Sox for RHP Travis Lakins.
January 24 Sent LHP CD Pelham outright to Iowa.
January 27 Selected the contract of LHP Adam Choplic from Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.
January 28 Signed free agent RF Steven Souza Jr.

Source[26]

February 2020

February 1 Signed free agent RHP Jeremy Jeffress.
February 5 Invited non-roster RHP Dakota Mekkes, RHP Brock Stewart, LHP CD Pelham, 2B Trent Giambrone, C P.J. Higgins, RHP Oscar De La Cruz, and LHP Wyatt Short to spring training.

Source[26]

Regular season

Due to the pandemic and the shortened season, Major League Baseball instituted certain rule changes which included the use of a universal designated hitter, a runner on second base to start extra innings, and a revised schedule.[23] On July 30, the league and the union agreed that all remaining doubleheaders on the season would be seven innings.[27] The league and players also agreed on an expanded postseason, giving eight teams in each league a playoff berth.[28]

Game log

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the regular season was shortened to 60 games with teams playing 10 games against each other member of their division while also playing four games against each team in the corresponding division in the other league. The Cubs, therefore, played 10 games against each team in their division and four games against each team in the American League Central Division.[29] On July 6, 2020, MLB announced the Cubs 60-game schedule which began on July 24 and ended on September 27.[30]

2020 regular season game log: 34–26 (.567) (Home: 19–14; Away: 15–12)
July: 5–2 (.714) (Home: 3–1; Away: 2–1)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Stadium Record Box/
Streak
1 July 24 Brewers 3–0 Hendricks (1–0) Woodruff (0–1) Wrigley Field 1–0 W1
2 July 25 Brewers 3–8 Suter (1–0) Darvish (0–1) Wrigley Field 1–1 L1
3 July 26 Brewers 9–1 Chatwood (1–0) Peralta (0–1) Wrigley Field 2–1 W1
4 July 27 @ Reds 8–7 Lester (1–0) Miley (0–1) Jeffress (1) Great American Ball Park 3–1 W2
5 July 28 @ Reds 8–5 Mills (1–0) Reed (0–1) Great American Ball Park 4–1 W3
6 July 29 @ Reds 7–12 Gray (2–0) Hendricks (1–1) Great American Ball Park 4–2 L1
July 30 @ Reds Postponed (inclement weather) (Makeup date: Aug 29)
7 July 31 Pirates 6–3 Darvish (1–1) Williams (0–2) Wrigley Field 5–2 W1
August: 15–12 (.538) (Home: 8–7; Away: 7–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Stadium Record Box/
Streak
8 August 1 Pirates 4–3 Chatwood (2–0) Keller (1–1) Wick (1) Wrigley Field 6–2 W2
9 August 2 Pirates 2–1 (11) Jeffress (1–0) Ponce (0–1) Wrigley Field 7–2 W3
10 August 3 Royals 2–0 Mills (2–0) Duffy (0–2) Wick (2) Wrigley Field 8–2 W4
11 August 4 Royals 5–4 Hendricks (2–1) Singer (0–1) Ryan (1) Wrigley Field 9–2 W5
12 August 5 @ Royals 6–1 Darvish (2–1) Bubic (0–2) Kauffman Stadium 10–2 W6
13 August 6 @ Royals 2–13 Keller (1–0) Chatwood (2–1) Kauffman Stadium 10–3 L1
August 7 @ Cardinals Postponed (Cardinals' COVID-19 outbreak) (Makeup date: Aug 17)
August 8 @ Cardinals Postponed (Cardinals' COVID-19 outbreak) (Makeup date: Aug 19)
August 9 @ Cardinals Postponed (Cardinals' COVID-19 outbreak) (Makeup date: Sep 5)
14 August 11 @ Indians 7–1 Lester (2–0) Plutko (0–1) Progressive Field 11–3 W1
15 August 12 @ Indians 7–2 Hendricks (3–1) Carrasco (2–2) Progressive Field 12–3 W2
16 August 13 Brewers 4–2 Darvish (3–1) Anderson (0–2) Wick (3) Wrigley Field 13–3 W3
17 August 14 Brewers 3–4 Peralta (1–1) Mills (2–1) Hader (4) Wrigley Field 13–4 L1
18 August 15 Brewers 5–6 (10) Phelps (2–1) Jeffress (1–1) Claudio (1) Wrigley Field 13–5 L2
19 August 16 Brewers 5–6 Yardley (1–0) Adam (0–1) Hader (5) Wrigley Field 13–6 L3
20 August 17 (1) Cardinals 1–3 Gallegos (1–0) Hendricks (3–2) Miller (2) Wrigley Field 13–7 L4
21 August 17 (2) @ Cardinals 5–4 Underwood Jr. (1–0) Webb (0–1) Jeffress (2) Wrigley Field 14–7 W1
22 August 18 Cardinals 6–3 Darvish (4–1) Ponce de Leon (0–2) Wick (4) Wrigley Field 15–7 W2
23 August 19 (1) Cardinals 3–9 Webb (1–1) Mills (2–2) Wrigley Field 15–8 L1
24 August 19 (2) @ Cardinals 4–2 Jeffress (2–1) Miller (0–1) Kimbrel (1) Wrigley Field 16–8 W1
25 August 21 White Sox 1–10 Keuchel (4–2) Lester (2–1) Wrigley Field 16–9 L1
26 August 22 White Sox 4–7 González (1–1) Hendricks (3–3) Wrigley Field 16–10 L2
27 August 23 White Sox 2–1 Darvish (5–1) Cease (4–2) Jeffress (3) Wrigley Field 17–10 W1
28 August 24 @ Tigers 9–3 Mills (3–2) Mize (0–1) Comerica Park 18–10 W2
29 August 25 @ Tigers 1–7 Turnbull (3–2) Chatwood (2–2) Comerica Park 18–11 L1
30 August 26 @ Tigers 6–7 Jiménez (1–1) Tepera (0–1) Comerica Park 18–12 L2
31 August 28 @ Reds 5–6 Mahle (1–1) Hendricks (3–4) Iglesias (4) Great American Ball Park 18–13 L3
32 August 29 @ Reds 3–0 Darvish (6–1) Bauer (3–2) Jeffress (4) Great American Ball Park 19–13 W1
33 August 29 @ Reds 5–6 Kuhnel (1–0) Kimbrel (0–1) Great American Ball Park 19–14 L1
34 August 30 @ Reds 10–1 Rea (1–0) Castillo (0–5) Great American Ball Park 20–14 W1
September: 14–12 (.538) (Home: 7–6; Away: 7–6)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Stadium Record Box/
Streak
35 September 1 @ Pirates 8–7 (11) Jeffress (3–1) Crick (0–1) PNC Park 21–14 W2
36 September 2 @ Pirates 8–2 Hendricks (4–4) Musgrove (0–4) PNC Park 22–14 W3
37 September 3 @ Pirates 2–6 Brubaker (1–0) Mills (3–3) PNC Park 22–15 L1
38 September 4 Cardinals 4–1 Darvish (7–1) Flaherty (2–1) Jeffress (5) Wrigley Field 23–15 W1
39 September 5 (1) Cardinals 2–4 (7) Wainwright (4–0) Alzolay (0–1) Gallegos (3) Wrigley Field 23–16 L1
40 September 5 (2) Cardinals 1–5 (7) Helsley (1–0) Rea (1–1) Wrigley Field 23–17 L2
41 September 6 Cardinals 3–7 Hudson (2–2) Lester (2–2) Wrigley Field 23–18 L3
42 September 7 Cardinals 5–1 Hendricks (5–4) Oviedo (0–2) Wrigley Field 24–18 W1
43 September 8 Reds 3–0 Mills (4–3) Mahle (1–2) Jeffress (6) Wrigley Field 25–18 W2
44 September 9 Reds 0–3 Bauer (4–3) Darvish (7–2) Iglesias (6) Wrigley Field 25–19 L1
45 September 10 Reds 8–5 Ryan (1–0) Gray (5–3) Jeffress (7) Wrigley Field 26–19 W1
46 September 11 @ Brewers 0–1 Hader (1–1) Wick (0–1) Miller Park 26–20 L1
47 September 12 @ Brewers 4–2 Adam (1–1) Hader (1–2) Kimbrel (2) Miller Park 27–20 W1
48 September 13 @ Brewers 12–0 Mills (5–3) Houser (1–5) Miller Park 28–20 W2
49 September 15 Indians 6–5 Jeffress (4–1) Pérez (1–1) Wrigley Field 29–20 W3
50 September 16 Indians 3–2 (10) Adam (2–1) Maton (2–2) Wrigley Field 30–20 W4
51 September 18 Twins 1–0 Hendricks (6–4) Hill (2–2) Jeffress (8) Wrigley Field 31–20 W5
52 September 19 Twins 1–8 Pineda (2–0) Mills (5–4) Wrigley Field 31–21 L1
53 September 20 Twins 0–4 Berríos (5–3) Darvish (7–3) Wrigley Field 31–22 L2
54 September 21 @ Pirates 5–0 Lester (3-2) Brubaker (1–3) PNC Park 32–22 W1
55 September 22 @ Pirates 2–3 Rodríguez (3–2) Chafin (1–2) PNC Park 32–23 L1
56 September 23 @ Pirates 1–2 Williams (2–8) Hendricks (6–5) Rodríguez (4) PNC Park 32–24 L2
57 September 24 @ Pirates 0–7 Kuhl (2–3) Mills (5–5) PNC Park 32–25 L3
58 September 25 @ White Sox 10–0 Darvish (8–3) Cease (5–4) Guaranteed Rate Field 33–25 W1
59 September 26 @ White Sox 5–9 Foster (6–1) Lester (3–3) Guaranteed Rate Field 33–26 L1
60 September 27 @ White Sox 10–8 Alzolay (1–1) López (1–3) Chafin (1) Guaranteed Rate Field 34–26 W1
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Postponement
Bold = Cubs team member

Season standings

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 34 26 0.567 19–14 15–12
St. Louis Cardinals 30 28 0.517 3 14–13 16–15
Cincinnati Reds 31 29 0.517 3 16–13 15–16
Milwaukee Brewers 29 31 0.483 5 15–14 14–17
Pittsburgh Pirates 19 41 0.317 15 13–19 6–22
Division Leaders W L Pct.
Los Angeles Dodgers 43 17 0.717
Atlanta Braves 35 25 0.583
Chicago Cubs 34 26 0.567


Division 2nd Place W L Pct.
San Diego Padres 37 23 0.617
St. Louis Cardinals 30 28 0.517
Miami Marlins 31 29 0.517


Wild Card teams
(Top two qualify for postseason)
W L Pct. GB
Cincinnati Reds 31 29 0.517 +2
Milwaukee Brewers 29 31 0.483
San Francisco Giants 29 31 0.483
Philadelphia Phillies 28 32 0.467 1
Washington Nationals 26 34 0.433 3
New York Mets 26 34 0.433 3
Colorado Rockies 26 34 0.433 3
Arizona Diamondbacks 25 35 0.417 4
Pittsburgh Pirates 19 41 0.317 10

Record vs. opponents

Source: NL Standings Head-to-head

Team CHC CIN MIL PIT STL AL
Chicago 6–4 5–5 6–4 5–5 12–8
Cincinnati 4–6 6–4 7–3 4–6 10–10
Milwaukee 5–5 4–6 5–5 5–5 10–10
Pittsburgh 4–6 3–7 5–5 4–6 3–17
St. Louis 5–5 6–4 5–5 6–4 8–10

Opening Day starters

Name Pos.
Kris Bryant 3B
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Javier Báez SS
Kyle Schwarber LF
Willson Contreras C
Jason Heyward RF
Victor Caratini DH
Nico Hoerner 2B
Ian Happ CF
Kyle Hendricks SP

Season summary

June

July

August

September

Transactions

June

June 22 Signed SS Ed Howard.
June 25 Signed RHP Koen Moreno, LHP Luke Little, and LHP Burl Carraway.
June 26 Signed 1B Matt Mervis, OF Jacob Wetzel, 2B Scott McKeon, and OF Bradlee Beesley to minor league contracts.
June 28 Changed roster status of RF Mark Zagunis, CF Brennen Davis, and 3B Christopher Morel. Invited RHP Juan Gamez and LHP Brailyn Marquez to spring training.
June 30 Signed RHP Graham Lawson and RHP Bailey Reid to minor league contracts.

Source[98]

July

July 4 Signed RHP Sam Thoresen to a minor league contract.
July 7 Invited 2B Hernán Pérez to spring training.
July 14 Signed free agent C Jose Lobaton to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. Invited non-roster LHP Jack Patterson and RHP Keegan Thompson to spring training.
July 15 Invited non-roster RHP Cory Abbott to spring training
July 17 Selected the contract of 2B Jason Kipnis from Iowa Cubs. Sent RHP Trevor Megill outright to Alternate Training Site.
July 21 Signed free agents RHP Ben Leeper and RHP Sheldon Reed to minor league contracts.
July 22 Signed OF Jordan Nwogu.
July 23 Placed LHP Jose Quintana (left thumb) on the 10-day injured list retroactive to July 20, 2020. Placed 2B Daniel Descalso (ankle) on the 60-day injured list. Placed RF Mark Zagunis on the restricted list. Designated 2B Robel Garcia for assignment. Optioned RHP Jharel Cotton and RHP Ryan Tepera to Cubs Alternate Training Site. Selected the contract of C Josh Phegley and LHP Rex Brothers from Alternate Training Site. Recalled RHP Dillon Maples and RHP James Norwood from Alternate Training Site.
July 26 Placed LHP Brad Wieck (hamstring) on 10-day IL. Recalled RHP Ryan Tepera from Alternate Training Site.
July 30 Recalled RHP Colin Rea from Alternative Training Site. Optioned RHP Dillon Maples to Alternate Training Site.
July 31 Signed free agent RHP Cody Allen to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Source[99]

August

August 2 Placed RHP James Norwood on 10-day IL. Recalled LHP Justin Steele from Alternate Training Site.
August 6 Optioned LHP Rex Brothers and LHP Justin Steele to Alternate Training Site. Signed free agent RHP Kelvin Herrera to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. Selected the contract of LHP Matt Dermody from Sugar Land Skeeters.
August 8 Released 2B Derek Dietrich
August 15 Placed RHP Tyler Chatwood (back) on 10-day IL retroactive to August 13. Selected the contract of RHP Jason Adam from Alternate Training Site. Designated RHP Jharel Cotton for assignment.
August 17 Recalled RHP Tyson Miller from Alternate Training Site as 29th roster member for doubleheader.
August 18 Placed RF Steven Souza Jr. (hamstring) on the 10-day IL retroactive to August 17. Transferred LHP Brad Wieck from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL. Optioned RHP Tyson Miller to Alternate Training Site. Selected the contract of 2B Hernán Pérez from Alternate Training Site.
August 19 Recalled RHP Adbert Alzolay from Alternate Training Site as 29th roster member for doubleheader.
August 20 Optioned RHP Adbert Alzolay to Alternate Training Site. Sent Jharel Cotton outright to Alternate Training Site.
August 22 Placed 3B Kris Bryant (finger) on 10-day IL retroactive to August 19.
August 23 Selected the contract of OF Ian Miller from Alternate Training Site. Transferred RHP James Norwood from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL. Signed free agent 1B Patrick Wisdom to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
August 25 Activated RHP Tyler Chatwood and LHP Jose Quintana from 10-day IL. Optioned RHP Jason Adam and OF Ian Miller to Alternate Training Site.
August 26 Released RHP Kelvin Herrera.
August 29 Recalled RHP Adbert Alzolay for the 26th man for doubleheader.
August 30 Optioned RHP Adbert Alzolay to Alternate Training Stie. Designated C Josh Phegley for assignment. Traded player to be named later and cash to Tampa Bay Rays for 1B José Martinez.
August 31 Designated OF Ian Miller and 2B Hernán Pérez for assignment. Traded a player to be named later to Boston Red Sox for LHP Josh Osich. Traded a player to be named later to Arizona Diamondbacks for LHP Andrew Chafin and cash. Traded SS Zack Short to Detroit Tigers for OF Cameron Maybin.

Source[100]

September

September 1 Activated 3B Kris Bryant and OF Steven Souza Jr. from the IL. Activated 1B José Martínez, OF Cameron Maybin, and LHP Josh Osich. Placed RHP Tyler Chatwood (forearm) on the 10-day IL. Optioned Albert Almora Jr. to Alternate Training Site. Designated RHP Casey Sadler for assignment.
September 2 Placed LHP José Quintana (left lat) on 10-day IL retroactive to August 31. Recalled RHP Jason Adam from Alternate Training Site. Sent 2B Hernán Pérez outright to Alternate Training Site.
September 3 Sent C Josh Phegley and OF Ian Miller outright to Alternate Training Site. Released RHP Cody Allen.
September 5 Released RHP Jharel Cotton. Recalled RHP Adbert Alzolay and RHP Tyson Miller from Alternate Training Site. Signed free agent RHP Pedro Strop to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. Claimed 2B Ildemaro Vargas off waivers from Minnesota Twins.
September 6 Selected the contract of LHP Matt Dermody from Alternate Training Site. Optioned RHP Adbert Alzolay and RHP Tyson Miller to Alternate Training Site. Designated OF Steven Souza Jr. for assignment.
September 7 Recalled 2B Ildemaro Vargas from Alternate Training Site. Claimed OF Billy Hamilton off waivers from New York Mets. Released C Jose Lobaton. Optioned LHP Matt Dermody to Alternate Training Site. Invited non-roster RHP Duncan Robinson to spring training.
September 8 Activated OF Billy Hamilton. Optioned 1B José Martinez to alternate training site. Released OF Steven Souza Jr.
September 9 Released RHP Juan Gamez. Sent LHP Matt Dermody outright to Alternate Training Site.
September 10 Recalled RHP Adbert Alzolay to Alternate Training Site. Option ed RHP Colin Rea to Alternate Training Site. Traded SS Pedro Martinez to Rays to complete earlier trade. Released OF Ryan LaMarre. Signed free agent RHP Joe Wieland to minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
September 11 Recalled LHP Rex Brothers from Alternate Training Site. Optioned RHP Adbert Alzolay to Alternate Training Site.
September 19 Activated LHP Andrew Chafin from 10-day IL. Placed RHP Rowan Wick (oblique) on 10-day IL.
September 20 Recalled 1B José Martinez from Alternate Training Stie. Optioned LHP to Alternate Training Site.
September 21 Placed 2B Ildemaro Vargas (hamstring) on 10-day IL retroactive to September 20. Recalled RHP Adbert Alzolay from Alternate Training Site.
September 22 Activated LHP José Quintana from the 10-day IL. Optioned LHP Rex Brothers to Alternate Training Site.
September 25 Selected the contract of 1B Patrick Wisdom from Alternate Training Site. Optioned 1B Jose Martinez to Alternate Training Site. Placed RHP Manny Rodriguez on the 45-day IL.
September 27 Selected the contract of LHP Brailyn Marquez from Alternate Training Site. Designated 1B Patrick Wisdom for assignment.
September 28 Sent 1B Patrick Wisdom outright to Cubs Alternate Training Site. Activated RHP Tyler Chatwood and RHP Rowan Wick from the 10-day injured list. LHP Matt Dermody elected free agency. Recalled RHP Tyson Miller, RHP Dillon Maples, LHP Justin Steele, LHP Matt Dermody, C Miguel Amaya, OF Albert Almora Jr., and RHP Colin Rea from Cubs Alternate Training Site.
September 30 Designated LHP Josh Osich for assignment. Reassigned LHP Justin Steele, RHP Colin Rea, and RHP Dillon Maples, RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP Rowan Wick, OF Albert Almora Jr., LHP Brailyn Marquezand C Miguel Amaya to the minors. Selected the contract of C Josh Phegley from Cubs Alternate Training Site. Invited non-roster 1B Patrick Wisdom to spring training. Activated 2B Ildemaro Vargas from the 10-day IL.

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Regular season roster

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting proposed shortened season, teams started the season with a 30-man roster. The rosters reduced to 28 after two weeks and then were to return to the new-normal roster size of 26 after that. It was decided later to keep rosters at 28 for the remainder of the season.[102]
(Contains all players who played in a game for the Cubs during the 2020 season.)

2020 Chicago Cubs
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Postseason

Game log

2020 postseason game log: 0–2 (Home: 0–2; Away: 0–0)
2020 National League Wild Card Series: 0–2 (Home: 0–2; Away: 0–0)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Stadium Record
1 September 30 Marlins 1–5 Alcántara (1–0) Hendricks (0–1) Wrigley Field 0–1
October 1 Marlins Postponed (inclement weather)
2 October 2 Marlins 0–2 Boxberger (1–0) Darvish (0–1) Kintzler (1) Wrigley Field 0–2
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Postponement
Bold = Cubs team member

Wild Card series

The Cubs hosted both games of the Wild Card series against the Miami Marlins. They would have hosted game 3 as well, had it been necessary. It was announced that Kyle Hendricks would make the start for the Cubs in Game 1 of the series on September 30.[103] Yu Darvish started Game 2 of the series.[103]

Game 1

Hendricks pitched well through six innings, giving up no runs. However, the Cub offense struggled again, failing to score a run through four innings. Ian Happ homered in the fifth to give the Cubs a 1–0 lead. However, in the seventh, Hendricks gave up a three-run home run to Corey Dickerson to give the Marlins a 3–1 lead. Jeremy Jeffress relieved Hendricks and promptly gave up a single and a home run to Jesús Aguilar to increase Marlin lead to 5–1. The Cubs only managed two further baserunners as the Cubs lost game one 5–1. The loss put the Cubs on the verge of elimination from the playoffs in the best-of-three game series.[104]

Game 2

The game scheduled for October 1 was postponed due to the potential for rain throughout the day. The game was rescheduled to October 2.[105] Darvish pitched six scoreless innings before allowing a homer to Garrett Cooper and a run-scoring single to Magneuris Sierra in the seventh to give the Marlins a 2–0 lead. The Cub offense continued to struggle in the postseason, failing to score a run. The Cubs lost 2–0 and were eliminated from the postseason.

Wild Card series roster

2020 Chicago Cubs
NLWCS Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Achievements and records

Statistics

Regular season

Batting

(final statistics)

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases; BB = Walks; K = Strikeouts; Avg. = Batting average; OBP = On Base Percentage; SLG = Slugging Percentage

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB K AVG OBP SLG TB
Albert Almora Jr. 28 30 4 5 1 0 0 1 0 3 9 .167 .265 .200 6
Javier Báez 59 222 27 45 9 1 8 24 3 7 75 .203 .238 .360 80
David Bote 45 125 15 25 3 1 7 29 2 17 40 .200 .303 .408 51
Kris Bryant 34 131 20 27 5 1 4 11 0 12 40 .206 .293 .351 46
Victor Caratini 44 116 10 28 7 0 1 16 0 12 31 .241 .333 .328 38
Willson Contreras 57 189 37 46 10 0 7 26 1 20 57 .243 .356 .407 77
Billy Hamilton 14 10 6 3 0 0 1 1 3 1 4 .300 .364 .600 6
Ian Happ 57 198 27 51 11 1 12 28 1 30 63 .258 .364 .505 100
Jason Heyward 50 147 20 39 6 2 6 22 2 30 37 .265 .392 .456 67
Nico Hoerner 48 108 19 24 4 0 0 13 3 12 24 .222 .312 .259 28
Jason Kipnis 44 114 13 27 8 1 3 16 1 18 41 .237 .341 .404 46
José Martínez 10 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 .000 .045 .000 0
Cameron Maybin 18 52 3 13 4 1 0 5 3 3 12 .250 .304 .365 19
Alec Mills 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 0
Hernán Pérez 3 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .167 .167 .167 1
Josh Phegley 11 16 4 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 3 .063 .167 .250 4
Anthony Rizzo 52 203 26 45 6 0 11 24 3 28 38 .222 .342 .414 84
Kyle Schwarber 59 191 30 36 6 0 11 24 1 30 66 .188 .308 .393 75
Steven Souza Jr. 11 27 3 4 2 0 1 5 1 4 15 .148 .258 .333 9
Ildemaro Vargas 6 9 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 .222 .222 .556 5
Patrick Wisdom 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0
TEAM TOTALS 60 1918 265 422 82 8 74 248 24 229 567 .220 .318 .387 742

Source[109]

Pitching

(Final statistics)

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; 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
Jason Adam 2 1 3.29 13 0 0 13.2 9 7 5 8 21
Adbert Alzolay 1 1 2.95 6 4 0 21.1 12 8 7 13 29
Rex Brothers 0 0 8.10 3 0 0 3.1 2 3 3 3 8
Andrew Chafin 0 1 3.00 4 0 1 3.0 2 1 1 1 3
Tyler Chatwood 2 2 5.30 5 5 0 18.2 22 11 11 9 25
Yu Darvish 8 3 2.01 12 12 0 76.0 59 18 17 14 93
Matt Dermody 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
Kyle Hendricks 6 5 2.88 12 12 0 81.1 73 26 26 8 61
Jeremy Jeffress 4 1 1.54 22 0 8 23.1 10 5 4 12 17
Craig Kimbrel 0 1 5.28 18 0 2 15.1 10 9 9 12 28
Jon Lester 3 3 5.16 12 12 0 61.0 64 35 35 17 42
Brailyn Márquez 0 0 67.50 1 0 0 0.2 2 5 5 3 1
Dillon Maples 0 0 18.00 2 0 0 1.0 1 3 2 4 1
Tyson Miller 0 0 5.40 2 1 0 5.0 2 3 3 3 0
Alec Mills 5 5 4.48 11 11 0 62.1 53 31 31 19 46
James Norwood 0 0 16.20 3 0 0 1.2 4 3 3 1 0
Josh Osich 0 0 10.13 4 0 0 2.2 5 6 3 0 4
Jose Quintana 0 0 4.50 1 0 0 10.0 10 5 5 3 12
Colin Rea 1 1 5.79 9 2 0 14.0 15 9 9 2 10
Kyle Ryan 1 0 5.17 18 0 1 15.2 16 9 9 6 11
Casey Sadler 0 0 5.79 10 0 0 9.1 8 6 6 8 9
Ryan Tepera 0 1 3.92 21 0 0 20.2 17 9 9 12 31
Duane Underwood Jr. 1 0 5.66 17 0 0 20.2 25 13 13 6 27
Rowan Wick 0 1 3.12 19 0 4 17.1 18 6 6 6 20
Brad Wieck 0 0 18.00 1 0 0 1.0 1 2 2 1 2
Dan Winkler 0 0 2.95 18 0 0 18.1 11 7 6 11 18
TEAM TOTALS 34 26 3.99 60 60 16 518.1 451 240 230 182 523

Source[109]

Postseason

Batting

(Final statistics)

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases; BB = Walks; K = Strikeouts; Avg. = Batting average; OBP = On Base Percentage; SLG = Slugging Percentage

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB K AVG OBP SLG TB
Javier Baez 2 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .125 .125 .125 1
David Bote 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 0
Kris Bryant 2 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 0
Victor Caratini 2 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .167 .167 1
Willson Contreras 2 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .250 .625 .500 2
Ian Happ 2 8 1 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 .500 .500 .875 7
Jason Heyward 2 7 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .286 .375 .429 3
Jason Kipnis 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .250 .000 0
Cameron Maybin 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 0
Anthony Rizzo 2 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 0
Kyle Schwarber 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 .000 .429 .000 0
TEAM TOTALS 2 62 1 9 2 0 1 1 0 5 16 .145 .254 .226 14

Pitching

(Final statistics)

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; 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
Andrew Chafin 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0
Yu Darvish 0 1 2.70 1 1 0 6.2 5 2 2 2 6
Kyle Hendricks 0 1 4.26 1 1 0 6.1 5 3 3 3 3
Jeremy Jeffress 0 0 10.80 2 0 0 1.2 3 2 2 0 2
Craig Kimbrel 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 1.1 0 0 0 2 2
Ryan Tepera 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 1 2
Dan Winkler 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
TEAM TOTALS 0 2 3.50 2 2 0 18.0 13 7 7 8 17

Farm system

See also: List of Chicago Cubs minor league affiliates

On June 30, it was announced that the 160 minor league baseball teams' seasons were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[110] This marked the first time in the history of Minor League Baseball that a season had been canceled.[110]

Level Team League Manager Location Ballpark
AAA Iowa Cubs Pacific Coast League Marty Pevey Des Moines, Iowa Principal Park
AA Tennessee Smokies Southern League Michael Ryan Knoxville, Tennessee Smokies Stadium
A Myrtle Beach Pelicans Carolina League Steven Lerud Myrtle Beach, South Carolina TicketReturn.com Field
A South Bend Cubs Midwest League Buddy Bailey South Bend, Indiana Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium
A-Short Season Eugene Emeralds Northwest League Lance Rymel Eugene, Oregon PK Park
Rookie AZL Cubs 1 Arizona League Jimmy Gonzalez Mesa, Arizona Sloan Park
AZL Cubs 2 Carmelo Martinez
DSL Cubs 1 Dominican Summer League Leo Perez Boca Chica, Dominican Republic Baseball City Complex
DSL Cubs 2 Carlos Ramirez

Source[111]

Major League Baseball draft

Main article: 2020 Major League Baseball draft

The 2020 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft occurred on Monday, June 10 through June 11, 2020. The draft assigned amateur baseball players to MLB teams. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the draft was shortened to only five rounds.[112]

2020 Chicago Cubs complete draft list[113]
Round Pick Name, Age Pos / Bats School (State) Date sgnd. Refs
1 16 Ed Howard SS /R Mount Carmel High School (IL) June 21[114] [115]
2 51 Burl Carraway LHP / L Dallas Baptist University (TX) [116][117]
3 88 Jordan Nwogu OF / R University of Michigan (MI) [118]
4 117 Luke Little P / L San Jacinto College (TX) [119]
5 147 Koen Moreno P / R Panther Creek High School (NC) [120]

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