The Chicago Cubs have made it to the MLB postseason for the last four years. It is quite possible this is the year they miss the postseason for the first time since 2014. The NL Central got a lot better this offseason and they didn’t get better.
Chicago doesn’t have the farm system or the pitching they used to. Manager Joe Maddon will try to keep his guys focused as best as he can.
Wilson Contreras will be the starting catcher. Victor Caratini will be the backup catcher.
Kris Bryant will be the starting third baseman, Javier Baez will be the starting shortstop, Ben Zobrist will be the starting second baseman, and Anthony Rizzo will be the starting first baseman.
Addison Russell is suspended for the first 40 games of the season because he violated MLB’s domestic violence policy.
Kyle Schwarber will be the starting left fielder, Albert Almora Jr. will be the starting center fielder, and Jayson Heyward will be the starting right fielder.
David Bote, Ian Happ, and Daniel Descalso will be some of the key backups on this roster this season.
Jon Lester, Cole Hamels, Yu Darvish, Kyle Hendricks, and Jose Quintana will be the starting pitchers. Brandon Morrow will be the closer. Pedro Strop, Steve Chisek, Carl Edwards Jr., Brandon Kintzler, and Brian Duensing will be some of the key relievers out of the bullpen.
Opening Day for the Chicago Cubs will be on Thursday, March 28 on the road against the Texas Rangers. The home opener for Chicago will be on Monday, April 8 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.