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HBT Daily: For the Cubs, contention may be right around the corner

Aug 28, 2014, 1:30 PM EST

  1. cincinata - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Well, good luck with that prediction Craig. Many have tried and many have failed to get the cubbies a championship. There is no magic and one cannot count on “prospects”. Check the score today. If the Reds can manhandle them, they are a long, long way off the W-S. If I were convinced you could be right, I would go to Vegas and put down a boatload on the Cubs for the next season or two.

    • 78mu - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      Don’t be too hard on Craig. He didn’t predict when they’d win a WS. And it’s not like they haven’t been in contention before. Remember 1984? Or 2003? So Theo and the current braintrust aren’t exactly plowing new ground. For goodness sake if you’re doing something Jim Hendry did it’s not exactly sending a man to the moon.

  2. florida76 - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Some of the position prospects on the Cubs might pan out, but the pitching remains a huge question mark. And it’s not enough for the Cubs to be a contender again, they’ll have to finally end the longest, most embarrassing streak in sports.

    Not winning a World Series since 1908 is beyond incredible, meaning no living person has a memory of the last Cubs team to achieve the ultimate goal of team sports. Other teams have had down times, but still maintained countless numbers of fans with strong memories of multiple WS titles. It’s also failure not to have appeared in a Fall Classic since the 1940s.

    When a non-player like Steve Bartman is so closely linked with the Cubs’ franchise, that’s a serious problem.

    • okobojicat - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      Just like Jeffrey Maier is so closely linked to the Yankees, or Jack Nicholson to The Lakers. Cubs fans don’t talk about Bartman. Cubs fan know that Moises Alou probably doesn’t make that catch without Bartmen, cubs fans know Gonzalez made and error in that inning after that play, and Cubs fans know that the Cubs should’ve won game 7 the next day. Its not the Cubs or the Cubs fans that talk about Bartman. We forgot him long ago.

      Pitching is actually not a HUGE question mark, but a small one. They have an ace in Arrieta. They have a third starter in Travis Wood. Hendrix and Wada both have been great this year, but profile more as #4s. Their bullpen has been spectacular after the first month implosion. They are setup very well financially to go after a front line starter or to continue to fill in comeback starters like Hamel, Scot Feldman, Paul Maholm etc.

      The prospects are young, and probably some of them won’t pan out. But they have so damn many that some of them will. And some of them will be impact bats. And then they have more that are going to be ready to come up in 2016 and 2017.

      • tfilarski - Aug 28, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        +1000

        could not agree more

    • erbaodai - Aug 28, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      Disagree about pitching being big question mark. They rank 2nd in pitching fWAR in MLB, only behind the Nationals. The pitching is set. All they need to do is add one more postseason ace, and they’re set to go.

  3. mungman69 - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    I’ll believe this when I see it. Not now.

    • cincinata - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      I’m with you on this.

    • 78mu - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      After the 1908 WS, fathers all around Chicago told their children how lucky they were to be fans of the best baseball team in the world and based on their recent success they would be seeing them win a lot of championships.

      You must be a great grandchild of one of those fathers.

  4. jxegh - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    What? How can a team turn things around when they can’t even get a tarp on the field?

  5. hwkeycubronco - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:44 AM

    All we have to do is wait until next year folks. Cubs have money to spend, loads of talent that will either play awhile for them or be trade chips to add that missing piece. It is going to be a fun five years if not ten, enjoy it Cub fans……we ha e earned it!

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