The 2016 Chicago Cubs are supposed to be really good!
How many times have you heard that already, this offseason?
Be it individual power rankings, on-field units, best offseason transactions or even the actual, statistical preseason projections, the 2016 Cubs have found themselves among the top of many pre-season lists, riding a hype train as big as (something really, really big).
What else could he do, with so much of it going around?
Although most of the preseason power rankings have mostly come to and, we still have a few weeks to go before the season, and some more hype to build as we approach opening day. So, today, I share with you not one, not two, but three exciting, expectation-laden pieces from NBC, CBS and Fox Sports to read, enjoy and get into.
If you’re really in need of a smile, check out this piece from Ken Rosenthal at Fox Sports. Herein, he calls the Cubs a near perfect team, with truly impressive redundancies throughout the roster. Even starting pitching – the Cubs area in need of the most improvement – comes with four major leauge starting pitchers stashed in the bullpen, while five more than capable starters fill out the actual rotation. And, if need be, Rosenthal contends, the Cubs have more than enough pieces to make a move for a starting pitcher, throughout the season (Rosenthal cites the A’s Sonny Gray, but does so subjectively). Moreover, Jeimer Candelario comes in for some true impressive praise, as he continues a torrid hot Spring Training, with comps to Robinson Cano (from Theo Epstein) and Bobby Abreu (from Joe Maddon).
I made the mistake of reading and writing about these articles while drinking an enormous amount of coffee. Right now, I feel like running to Wrigley Field, sprinting around the bases and giving Clark a high-five. If you want to feel that way too, read any one of these exciting articles above. It’s gonna be a fun year next year, and I can’t wait for it to get started.