If you follow the game of baseball you know about the curse of the Chicago Cubs. They have not won a World Series since 1908! They’ve had numerous contenders and have even made it to the World Series, but they just can’t close the deal.
Well rest easy Cubs fans I’m here to tell you that the curse is going to be broken this year. When I look at the Cubs, I see the most complete team in all of Major League Baseball. Here a few things that standout about this year’s Chicago Cubs:
- Stacked with Young Talent– Yes I know this is an obvious statement, but it’s one that has to be talked about. The Cubs are absolutely stacked with young talent, headlined by Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant. Both of these guys are capable of hitting 40 or more home runs this season. Adding in emerging talents like Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber makes this lineup even more lethal. An overlooked person in this young talent is outfielder Jorge Soler. Soler may be the most physically gifted of all the Cubs young emerging stars. If Jorge Soler can find the magic and rebound this season, the Cubs could have five legitimate stars anchoring their lineup for the next few years.
- Veteran Leadership– I absolutely love the additions of Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to the Cubs lineup. I think they can add the perfect element of veteran leadership to this dynamic young team. Zobrist and Heyward will most likely be responsible for hitting at the top of the order and setting the table for the young mashers in the middle of the lineup. Zobrist is a patient hitter who can hit the ball to all fields; he’s also a very underrated base runner. Jason Heyward is going to be responsible for adding the element of speed to the Cubs lineup. Physically, Heyward looks like a big time power hitter but he’s more in the mold of a 1 or 2 hole hitter. To best serve the Cubs, he needs to get on base in front of Rizzo and Bryant.
- Pitching– If you follow baseball you know all about Jake Arrieta. The guy is an absolute horse who should be in the mix for the Cy Young Award again this season. Behind Jake Arrieta you have veteran warhorses Jon Lester and John Lackey. Neither guy is the dominant pitcher they once were but they are still capable of giving you a great start and dominating a game when needed.
- Manager– This may be the single biggest strength of the Cubs. In my opinion, Joe Maddon is the absolute best manager in baseball. He knows how to get the most out of young talent and he’s un-paralleled when it comes to in game strategy.
When I look at the Cubs on paper I only see one real weakness: the lack of a traditional leadoff hitter to set the table for their lineup. As I mentioned earlier, that responsibility will fall to Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward. Neither guy fits that role in a traditional sense but they are capable of getting the job done. If they get it done the sky is the limit for this team.
Theo Epstein helped the Boston Red Sox end their curse. He’s about to end the curse of the Chicago Cubs. B uckle up Cubs fans, the World Series Championship is coming back to Chicago. Honestly, it’s probably going to be more than one championship coming back to Chicago because this team is in position to win for many years!
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