With a depleted team, the Cubs still managed to win 95 games. However, due to their injuries, the Cubs were short on talent and had to overuse some of their key contributors, which makes sense as to why they struggled at times.
If the Cubs want to compete, they need to stay healthy. Kris Bryant, Yu Darvish, Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber, Wilson Contreras, and Anthony Rizzo all need to stay healthy in order to make a deep playoff run.
With improved health, it can set off a good chain reaction. Health can lead to good depth, which can lead to well rested players, therefore giving key contributors such as Bryant and Rizzo improving and having better years. It definitely makes Joe Maddon’s job a lot easier knowing that he has more weapons on offense and in the bullpen.
The Cubs won the World Series in 2016, because their key contributors stayed healthy and produced good numbers. Look for these guys to try and do the same.