Chicago Cubs Predictions: Looking to the 2018 season

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Janey Murray 

After a slow start to 2017, there is no reason the Cubs should not jump out to a fast start in 2018. 2016 proved that this lineup is capable of big things, and with bounce back years likely for Schwarber and Russell, among others, the Cubs should be as good—if not better—than 2016.

An improved starting rotation is what will ultimately power this Cubs team, though. Chicago boasts arguably one of the best rotations in baseball, and replacing Jake Arrieta and John Lackey with Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood is an upgrade in my book. Barring any major injuries, the Cubs have shot to be the top NL seed heading into the playoffs. And in a hard-fought World Series, more playoff experience is what will give the Cubs the edge over the younger, more inexperienced Yankees.

NL Central Standings:
1. Cubs
2. Cardinals
3. Brewers
4. Pirates
5. Reds

Matthew Aung 

On paper the Cubs the Cubs have one of the best teams in baseball. Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant will lead the offense, but the biggest X-factor in regards to the attack will be Ian Happ. He was named the lead-off hitter at the end of the spring, and it will be up to him to set the tone atop the lineup.

I see Kyle Hendricks as the ace of the Cubs starting staff. Face it, Jon Lester is an aging starting pitcher that is on the decline. Yu Darvish is fully capable of being the ace too, but I think Kyle Hendricks is going to officially come on to the scene, and be the ace I feel he can be.

The Cubs are going to be good, and be a joy to watch, but injuries are a BIG factor when it comes to the 162 game season, so thankfully the Cubs have a lot of depth. The two most significant pieces are Albert Almora Jr and Mike Montgomery.

As Joe Maddon says “We are good.”

NL Central Standings:

1. Cubs – 96 wins
2. Cardinals – 87 wins
3. Brewers – 85 wins
4. Pirates – 70 wins
5. Reds – 65 wins

Logan Whaley

Heading into the 2018 season, the Chicago Cubs could easily argue that they boast the best team in baseball. The additions of Yu Darvish and Brandon Morrow, along with the expected resurgence of Kyle Schwarber, puts this team firmly in the driver seat in the National League.

Expectedly, the Cubs should win the National League Central again this season. Also, this offense could be even more dangerous than the 2016 team. If the Cubs can put it all together, expect them to be flying high come October.

NL Central Standings:
1. Cubs 105-57
2. Cardinals: 88-74
3. Brewers: 86-76
4. Reds: 71-91
5. Pirates: 69-93