IS THIS THE YEAR!?
I can picture it now. Game 7 of the World Series, Jon Lester is working on a complete game shut out, and the fans are about to witness history. Lester hurls his go-to cutter and rings up the batter. THE CHICAGO CUBS ARE THE 2015 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!!!!
Not so fast.
This young team is very talented. 97 wins to back that up. Also, they have two big time pitchers with Cy Young candidate, Jake Arrieta, and postseason star, Jon Lester. The Cubs spent the big bucks this season to pick up Lester and this is exactly why they got him, to bring his postseason success to the Windy City and end this dreaded curse. But they first have to get by Pittsburgh in the N.L. Wild Card game. That’s going to be a challenge with Garret Cole on the mound. On a cool October night in Pittsburgh, the only thing that will be hot is Cole’s flame throwing, 98 mile per hour fastball.
Now don’t get me wrong here. The Cubs have a pretty good pitcher throwing for them tonight with Jake Arrieta. He will be bringing his sub-2 ERA to Pittsburgh and I will be shocked if either team scores more than 3 runs.
So let’s say the Cubs grind out a win in the Steel City and they head to the NLDS where they will play the Cardinals. This is the one series where I can see them being pretty successful. The Cardinals are missing Adam Wainwright and Carlos Martinez from their starting rotation and, as we all know, pitching wins championships. So I personally think they will beat St. Louis and face the Dodgers or Mets.
This is where it gets interesting.
The Dodgers and Mets have a pretty stacked rotation. While the Mets have Jake deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and the Dark Knight, Matt Harvey, the Dodgers carry Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke; all of those pitchers I have mentioned have strikeout stuff. If you check out this stat, the Cubs don’t do well with pitchers that seem to have the ability to strikeout any hitter they see. This makes me worried that the Cubs magical season may end in the NLCS. It’s pretty simple, if you don’t score, you don’t win.
So there you have it. I have to break it to all the Cub fans out there, but you have to wait another year to win the glamorous championship. But I don’t think you have to worry because it may be coming in the next few years.