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Chicago Cubs: Staff predictions for the 2016 season

Apr 5, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; A general shot of the marquee prior to a game between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 5, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; A general shot of the marquee prior to a game between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Ryan Davies – Staff Writer

With last season exceeding the expectations of most, Cubs fans are now ready for the next step, being at very least a trip to the World Series with Vegas giving the Cubs the best odds of winning in all on Opening Day. With a lot of Cubs fans on the “World Series of bust” bandwagon after some big acquisitions in the form of Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward, it’s hard not to think next year has finally arrived for Cubs fans.

That said, the potential from sophomore slumps from a number of youngsters in their lineup such as Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Javier Baez and others along with an expected regression from Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta could counter the effect of the additions. The Cubs do still have a deep farm system and if the window starts now, they could be in line to make a big move at the trade deadline for any missing pieces they need as the season hits the home stretch. This year may not be next year, but a repeat trip to the NLCS is very possible.

NL Central Standings

  1. Cubs (97-65)
  2. Cardinals
  3. Pirates
  4. Reds
  5. Brewers

Richard Kagan – Staff Writer

The Chicago Cubs will have a great year. So much talent. And, they will produce. Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Kyle Schwarber will make life miserable for opposing pitchers. Look for Ben Zobrist to be a big part of the lineup. Addison Russel will play well at SS. The Cubs will make it to NLCS and lose to the LA Dodgers. Dodgers pitching will be too much for this team.  At least, the Cubs are contenders.

I see the Astros and the Royals battling it out in the ALCS, and the Astros coming out on top. The LA Dodgers wins the World Series over Houston. The good thing about that?  We get to hear more of Vin Scully.

NL Central Standings

  1. Cubs
  2. Cardinals
  3. Pirates
  4. Reds
  5. Brewers

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