Chicago Cubs: Our staff makes their predictions for the 2017 campaign
By Jake Misener
Following a historic season that exceeded all expectations, the Cubbies Crib staff put together their predictions for the 2017 Chicago Cubs. Some of them might surprise you.
In last year’s rendition of this annual tradition, most members of the Cubbies Crib staff felt the Chicago Cubs were poised to make a legitimate run at a World Series title.
And, boy, were they right.
Staff writers Tim Stebbins, David Miniel, Ryan Tadych and Mike Niederman all said the team would, at the very least, reach the Fall Classic. Site expert Nicholas Blazek said that 2016 would “be a year to remember.” Yeah, that about sums it up.
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On the individual side of things, zero members of our team picked Kris Bryant for the National League MVP. Blazek tapped Anthony Rizzo, who finished in the top five in voting, but, other than that, no one felt any one Cubs player would step up to dominate like he wound up doing.
It’s hard to put together predictions when your team is coming off its first title in 108 years. Really, would anything but another title be considered a success?
It seems unlikely the City of Chicago and its fans would accept anything less given their die-hard nature.
Without further ado, let’s get into our predictions for the upcoming 2017 season.