Five Bold Predictions for the 2016 Chicago Cubs Season


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One of the fun things about sportswriting is putting your neck on the line. The most likely reason to do that is, despite trying to be as unbiased and journalistic as possible, we’re also fans. We follow teams, and players. We care more about some outcomes than others, even if we fight the inner urge to report them unevenly. With the season upon us and Spring Training underway, I will stick my neck out and make some predictions for the coming year. I am absolutely certain that some folks will disagree, and I will follow up on this article later in the season. If you are right, and I am wrong, I will acknowledge it, but… if I am right, I may be a bit obnoxious. It’s been known to happen.

Not going to go with any of the obvious predictions either.  Enough people believe the 2016 Cubs will, barring some interstellar disaster, win the National League Central. I believe that too – and I’ll add a bonus sixth prediction, it will be the Pirates, not the Cardinals, chasing most closely.

3 Responses

  1. Sonny Wright

    I like the way David Wilson thinks. I too think the Cubs will win it all. I said that in 2003 too. That year was Dusty Bakers fault,i don’t care what anyone says. If he stays healthy Kyle will hit 35+ homers.If they do win the WS they should sweep the awards (only if they win it all) come on baseball fans….tell it like it is.

    • David_N_Wilson

      I don’t know if you can put all of that on Dusty. This feels different though, doesn’t it? I mean – I felt about this way when I was 10 years old and Ernie and Ron were going to win in ’69… (stupid Mets)… but this is the closest I’ve felt to real excitement in a long time.

      • Sonny Wright

        Yes i still dislike the Mets over 1969. Now let me explain 2003. Prior was sailing along could smell victory when the Bartram ball happened. You could see Prior was upset Prior was a ROOKIE Dusty should have went to the mound and tell him the only guy in the Wrigley who can hurt you is at the plate. Step off the mound take 3 deep breaths and get this guy out and we can pack for the World Series. But all he did was chew his toothpick and watch Prior fall apart. David this is just my opinion…

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