Five Bold Predictions for the 2016 Chicago Cubs Season

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Kyle Hendricks Breaks Out & The Rotation Shifts

Kyle Hendricks will have a break-out year on the mound and surprise everyone with his performance, and Jon Lester will be more the Jon Lester of old. This is an overall prediction, though, and I will add that Adam Warren will be part of the rotation before September. Hendricks has been growing stronger, and smarter. His performance last year was solid, and a little more control, coupled with his ability to induce ground balls heading into what stacks up as an all-star level infield, will get him into those later innings that have so far eluded him. Lester will play off of Lackey’s presence on the team, and will settle in to his old form. I believe the entire rotation is underrated. I won’t try to predict Jason Hammel‘s performance… if his new conditioning program returns his confidence, and his mechanics smooth out, he’s very, very good. If not, Adam Warren will have his spot by June.

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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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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