Chicago Cubs: Three bold predictions for the upcoming season

Kris Bryant / Chicago Cubs (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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Kris Bryant / Chicago Cubs
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We’re already a week into March, as Opening Day draws nearer. Here are three bold predictions for the Chicago Cubs to get you ready for the season.

Despite the fact I haven’t been able to watch much Chicago Cubs baseball yet this spring, I’ve definitely got the itch. Spring is in the air here in Chicagoland, with temperatures in the 50s of late – something I’m thankful for as I work through my list of new homeowner projects.

Paint guest rooms, change locks, call and set up utilities, do yard work – you know, all the things that go into making a house a home. But anyway. Back to baseball. There’s no telling which way the season will go for the Cubs, but the energy around the team feels like it did early on in the Joe Maddon era, rather than the tired, sluggish team we saw the last two years.

Will this group hone in under first-year manager David Ross and pursue another World Series title before they all go their separate ways in free agency after next season? That’s the plan – and the hope – for Theo Epstein and the front office. He’s already made it clear: it’s Fall Classic or fire sale for his club in 2020.

I definitely think Chicago will contend for a postseason berth – but the pitching staff will have to step up for a shot at anything more. With all that in mind, here are a few bold predictions that could play out this season on the North Side.