Chicago Cubs: 3 wildly optimistic Opening Day predictions
By Jake Misener
There's nothing quite like it. Opening Day is upon us and, with it, a sense of optimism and promise. That's especially true for a team like the Cubs, who spent a ton of money and brought in a lot of new faces this offseason and feel like they're really starting a new chapter post-2016 for the first time.
For the third time in four years, the Cubs open the regular season with a matchup against the division rival Milwaukee Brewers. Last year's matchup, a 5-4 win, will always hold a special place in my heart because within 24 hours, my wife and I learned we were expecting our first child - so everything really changed for us shortly after that ballgame.
Now, we're parents of an almost-four-month-old girl who will be going to daycare on Thursday donning her first Cubs onesie, which just adds a whole new layer to being a fan for me this year: raising a member of the next generation of Wrigley faithful. So I'm trying to be optimistic - here are my 3 wildly expectations for Cubs Opening Day 2023.
3 wildly optimistic Cubs Opening Day predictions: #3 - Marcus Stroman outduels Corbin Burnes on the mound
I'm feeling pretty good about Marcus Stroman getting the first Opening Day start of his career on Thursday. He's locked in coming off his World Baseball Classic stint with Puerto Rico and was sharp in Cactus League action, too, posting a 0.90 ERA in three starts, spanning 10 frames.
He's fared well against the Brewers in his career and, apart from a pair of clunkers at Wrigley last year, was solid at home. Stroman cruised down the stretch in 2022 and set himself up nicely to build off that run to start the 2023 campaign. Going up against Corbin Burnes is a tall task, to be sure - but I think Stroman is up to the task.