5 optimistic predictions for the Chicago Cubs in 2023

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After a fruitful offseason that has given the Chicago Cubs a much-needed facelift, this may be a year we can expect this team to finish above .500 and compete for the NL Central. To do that, a lot of players will have to step up their game, but the above-average performances of these guys are not out of the realm of possibility. Here are five optimistic predictions that could lead to the Cubs returning to the playoffs in 2023.

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1. Seiya Suzuki will hit 25+ Home Runs

Seiya Suzuki signed a five-year deal with the Cubs before the 2022 season, and he was expected to be a high-level outfielder. His first year was plagued by injury and he only played in 111 games, but he still showed off his power by hitting 14 home runs and 22 doubles. If he can stay healthy, there is a chance he can be the slugging outfielder the Cubs need in their relative power-scarce lineup.

During his time playing in Japan, Suzuki had six seasons where he hit more than 25 home runs, and he set a career-high in 2021 with 38. Suzuki's other accolades include four All-Star appearances, two batting championships, and three gold gloves while playing for the Hiroshima Carp. After a year of getting used to MLB ballparks, hopefully, Suzuki can take a big step forward with the glove in addition to his bat.