If you follow baseball then you know that Chicago Cubs fans have not witnessed a World Series win since 1908.
The Cubs have gotten close a few times but were unable to fully claim the title as world champions, whether it was due to “cures” or just plain ole baseball reasons. For years, it seemed as if the Cubs were the ball club that could never get over the hump.
However, the 2016 Cubs aren’t your granddaddy’s Cubs.
The Cubs are off to a hot start at 15-5 and first place in the National League Central division after coming off of a 2015 season where they advanced to the National League Championship Series as a wild card team. Multiple baseball analysts picked the Cubs to win the World Series this years based on the returning roster and the big free agent moves made in the offseason.
The Cubs returned the 2015 National League Manager of the Year in Joe Madden, 2015 National League Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant and the 2015 National League Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta. They also returned a slew of young power hitters in Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber.
The Cubs boost their roster by adding three-time Gold Glove winner Jason Heyward and pitcher John Lackey.
Although Schwarber is out for the rest of the season due to an ACL and LCL injury, the loss of the young power hitter did not derail the Cubs season because of the team’s roster depth.
The team is hitting the ball well and scoring runs at a high rate. They lead all baseball teams with a +68 run differential.
Arrieta picked up where he left off in 2015 with a 4-0 record, best in the national lead. He has a .87 ERA and a .68 WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched), which is the best in baseball.
If the Cubs keep continue on this run, fans could see its first world series in 108 years.