Chicago Cubs: Your way too early 2018 season predictions

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CLEVELAND, OH – NOVEMBER 01: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after defeating the Cleveland Indians 9-3 to win Game Six of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

With three-straight postseason appearances to their credit, the Chicago Cubs are poised for another successful campaign in 2018. Let’s make some predictions.

With an satisfying, yet disappointing 2017 in the books, it’s time to talk 2018. Many Chicago Cubs die-hards like myself are looking forward to seeing what new acquisitions add to the club. Of course, an already-stacked roster itself brings a lot of promise to a new season.

We already know Kyle Schwarber is vigorously toning up, increasing his reaction times and garnering the interest of American League teams. Not that Chicago Cubs brass intends to move him, of course. Schwarber, with incredible power, will undoubtedly learn patience at the plate and lessen his knack for chasing bad pitches.

Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Javier Baez will headline an incredible defense and solid offense. Jason Heyward will continue patrolling right field. Let’s not forget the coaching acquisitions, Jim Hickey and Chili Davis, the latter a favorite of mine to watch in the early 90s.

Between new coaching and smart front office moves, the Cubs will look to maintain dominance and keep windows of opportunity from closing in 2021.

How will 2018 play out? Which Brandon Morrow will we get? Can Chicago turn Tyler Chatwood around as it did Jake Arrieta when he left Baltimore? Without further ado, I give you the way too early 2018 season predictions for the Chicago Cubs.