Chicago Cubs: With Cardinals in free-fall, what lies ahead for the NL Central?
By Jake Misener
All about capitalizing on your window
The Cubs have a window – it lasts through 2020, maybe 2021. Their young core remains intact through then and with the staff shored up in at least the near future with Jose Quintana joining Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks, things look good.
Throw in two perennial MVP candidates in Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo? Seems like a recipe for success. If Willson Contreras maintains his recent level of play to any degree and the Cubs are heavy favorites in the Central for at least the next couple years.
Here’s the thing, though. Windows do not remain open forever. The Cubs have a short window – well, an average one, in fact. Most big-league teams have around five years before they have to retool. And, if you think about it, it’s been far longer than that since the Cardinals took it back to scratch.
But, if they can’t squeak into the postseason in 2017, we may see St. Louis retool ahead of the 2018 campaign. Right now, things aren’t going well for the Redbirds. But given the front office and the baseball IQ in that organization, it won’t last long.
In the meantime, let’s just enjoy it.