Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros poised for a lengthy battle

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Which team is better suited

The Cubs and Astros both have strong lineups capable of doing damage top to bottom. Their respective pitching staffs also rank among the best in baseball (even through the Astros’ team ERA is well below the Cubs).

While Cole and Verlander have both been better than Quintana, I would look for Quintana to improve and expect Cole and Verlander to come back down to earth a little bit. I also think the Cubs bullpen, anchored by their new closer Brandon Morrow, is better suited for October.

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It’s not really possible to pick which team will enjoy more success for the future. The Astros may look unstoppable now, but the Cubs roster stacks up better than most people think.