Chicago Cubs: Here’s a much-needed pep talk for Cubs fans
What an awful offseason for the Chicago Cubs. No major additions, we are yet to extend a member of the core and we might not be able to watch games on TV.
Despite suffering through one of the most frustrating offseasons in recent memory, there is no reason to give up on 2020. On paper, this Chicago Cubs team is still one of the best in the league. The offense is full of absolute studs. We still have the best infield in baseball. The team is still in a great position to win the NL Central. Remember these guys?
Javier Baez is an incredible talent and truly is one-of-a-kind. Remember when he was in the conversation for National League MVP in 2018? Baez has grown so much since 2016. In that World Series, he made so many mistakes you just wouldn’t see from him today.
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Anthony Rizzo, Mr. Consistency, is still manning first base. Lock him in for 20 to 30 bombs, 80 to 100 RBI and a killer mentality for what feels like the 12th season in a row.
Kris Bryant. Where to start. Golden Spikes, Rookie of the Year, MVP – the list goes on and on. If there’s an award for it, Bryant has probably won it. He has been dragged through the mud because of this grievance case, but don’t forget about the incredible offensive ability and those ocean blue eyes.
Kyle Hendricks is someone I want on the mound as much as possible. His calm temperament and Maddux-like ball movement is something that any team would be lucky to have.
Yu Darvish was one of the best pitchers in baseball after the All-Star break and is my pick for the Cy Young. He struggles to find the strike zone from time to time but rarely will show up to the park without his crazy spin rates and pitch movements. He can strike out seven through five innings while giving up four runs. That’s not a “stuff” issue.
Jon Lester is still Jon Lester. He is a gamer. We do not know what we will get on the mound, but in the dugout, he is still that natural leader we need with a new manager.
Sure, we’re not the Dodgers or the Yankees. We didn’t acquire a Mookie Betts or Gerrit Cole this offseason. But we are still poised to win the Central. PECOTA projected the Cincinnati Reds to win the division… I know they have done a lot, but the Chicago Cubs have the most talented, experienced roster in the division. Whatever happens in 2020, at least we’re not the Astros.