Chicago Cubs: Catalina Region
- 1 seed Ernie Banks vs. 16 seed Ryan Dempster
- 8 seed Claude Passeau vs. 9 seed Ed Reulbach
- 5 seed Johnny Evers vs. 12 seed Heinie Zimmerman
- 4 seed Bill Hutchison vs. 13 seed Tom Burns
- 6 seed John Clarkson vs. 11 seed Kiki Cuyler
- 3 seed Mordecai Brown vs. 14 seed Derrek Lee
- 7 seed Bill Dahlen vs. 10 seed Bill Hands
- 2 seed Stan Hack vs. 15 seed Jake Arrieta
The Catalina region, so named for the old-time spot for Cubs “Spring Training,” boasts one of the most varied of the regions, with old school Cubs, 21st century Cubs, as well as Mr. Cub. Banks is the top seed and will square off against a name most modern fans know in Dempster for a first-round matchup.
Jake Arrieta, he of the 2015 Cy Young (and 2016 World Series hero), is a 15 seed, which goes to show you how deep the Cubs rich and storied history has been. One of the best hitters in modern times with the Cubs is also on the list, as Lee slides in as the 14 seed where he’ll square off against turn-of-the-century hurler Brown, who had a six-year run with more than 20 wins in each season.
Make sure you check out the bracket articles on both Cubbies Crib accounts on Twitter and Facebook to comment and vote for who you want to win each matchup. Then, check back as we go through each matchup on the road to the Final Four.