5 things you didn’t know about the 2021 Cubs until now

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5 things you didn’t know about the 2021 Cubs until now originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Only an idiot would evaluate a 162-game baseball season after just one game.

That’s why we waited until the whole opening series against the Pirates was over before drawing conclusions about what the Cubs got right over the winter and spring, what they got wrong, and where that leaves them in what’s shaping up as a very tight division race.

“I got a question for you,” Cubs second baseman David Bote said during a memorable spring moment that seems appropriate here.

“When does it become a small sample or when does it not? How does that work?” he said, smiling, as he raised his voice for effect. “Small sample size, you suck against lefties?! Small sample size, you crush righties but you can’t hit righties over 500 [at-bats]?!

“Come on! Where’s the consistency?”

It’s all good, Dave. We’ve got all your answers right here. And with just the right amount of consistency.

Trust us.

That’s why we waited for all three games: 

Cubs fully revealed: 5 things we now know about their 2021 chances