Joe Maddon has long been a proponent of more night games at Wrigley Field. And while he has been Cubs manager, it has been easy to figure out why.

Cubs at Wrigley Field under Joe Maddon

  Day Night Diff.
2015 24-19 (.558) 25-13 (.658) +.100
2016 29-16 (.644) 28-8 (.778) +.134
2017 24-21 (.533) 24-12 (.667) +.134

…until this season

  Day Night Diff.
2018 34-17 (.667) 17-14 (.548) -.119

For the sake of looking it up, the Cubs were 12-14 (.462) in road day games and 32-23 (.582) in road night games. So they were at their best in home day games in 2018.

Of course, Javier Báez, the Cubs’ best player, was at his worst in games where the team as a whole was at its best.

Javier Báez 2018 home/road/day/night splits

  Games BA OBP SLG
Road night games 54 .320 .371 .607
Road day games 26 .288 .315 .606
Home night games 30 .275 .316 .523
Home day games 50 .267 .287 .487

It was a season where nothing seemed to make sense. Baseball at its finest.