The Chicago Cubs are the most unfortunate team in all of professional sports because they have the longest championship drought in North American sports, and haven’t won the World Series since 1908. If not winning a championship in 108 years wasn’t bad enough, the team’s last appearance in the World Series was in 1945, which was 71 years ago.
Despite their championship drought, Cubs fans still fill up Wrigley Field, even when the team sucks, which is refreshing to see in the bandwagon times we live.
Last season, the Cubs made it back to the playoffs after a six-year absence and advanced to the National League Championship Series where they were swept by the New York Mets in four games. Despite the disappointing end to their season, there was a lot of optimism for this season because the team is young and has a lot of talent.
The Cubs have a very solid pitching rotation led by Jake Arrieta, who is considered the best pitcher in baseball right now. The Cubs also have playoff tested pitchers like Jon Lester and John Lackey, who have combined to win five games in eight starts this season.
Chicago is also a very good hitting team, with players like Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant, and Anthony Russo leading the way. Bryant, who won the NL Rookie of the Year award last season, has picked up where he left off last season. He is currently batting .278 with 4 home runs and 15 RBIs.
Russo is only batting .203 so far, but he has come up in big situations for the Cubs and is second in the NL with 8 home runs and 21 RBIs.
Dexter Fowler has been Chicago’s hottest hitter this year, and he is batting a career best .385 with 3 home runs and 13 RBIs.
So far this season, the Cubs have been living up to the preseason hype and are sitting on top of the NL Central with a 3.5 game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals. Since we are only 19 games into the season, it is too early to tell if they can keep up the pace, but from what they have shown so far, they will be in the thick of the playoff race come October.
Talent wise, the Cubs have what it takes to win the World Series, but it is a long season, and an injury or two could derail their plans. If they stay healthy, they will be a difficult team to contend with once the playoffs begin.