It will be a defining offseason for the Cubs with Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Báez and Kyle Schwarber entering the final year of their contracts. Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, and Kris Bryant are the core of a lineup that could be the best in the division, and this team should claim the NL Central if the pitching is above average.

Some of the lineup pieces are an awkward fit, though the DH helps, and they’d love Trevor Bauer to step up and be the pitcher he was a few years ago to help out a rotation that is improving.

It’s hard to imagine a Cardinals roster without Molina or Wainwright, but that’s a possibility this offseason. Is the plan really Brett Anderson/Josh Lindblom/Eric Lauer at the back of this rotation? Cardinals: 34-26Reds: 32-28Cubs: 31-29Brewers: 28-32Pirates: 25-35, 2 key questions for every NL Central team. Ryan Helsley, Génesis Cabrera, Junior Fernandez, Daniel Ponce de Leon, even Alex Reyes … they’ve come up with guys everywhere. The Cardinals brought back virtually their entire roster from last season, so they could be even better than they were in 2019 as younger players like Paul DeJong and Harrison Bader continue to develop.
Throughout February and March, I spent a disturbingly large percentage of my pre-pandemic hours writing incredibly long division season previews for a season that, as it turned out, would not begin on time. Gambling Problem?

You don’t have to do it yourself anymore, Joey!


Free agents: SP Trevor Bauer, SP Anthony DeSclafani, SS Freddy Galvis, RF Nick Castellanos*. When one game can mean so much in a 60-game season, they might have the perfect guy to give them the best chance to win on a given day. The Cubs have their core group of stars nearing free agency. Anyway, now that we are getting a truncated season, it’s time to dig back into those previews, under the decidedly new and unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves facing. (WV) If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call 1-800-GAMBLER. Because there are only 60 games now, rather than 162, we will ask only two questions in these previews, often relating to these decidedly new and unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves facing. Regular season offense: .234/.323/.371 with 240 R, 51 HR, 205 BB, 90 OPS+. But we have to find a way to get better.". “Is it clearly a period of transition and crossroads? Yeah, we absolutely do believe in our guys, we made adjustments as much as we possibly could.

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"Offense wasn’t great in our division. The Cubs started with a 13-3 record, so there was a lot of frustration in the way they played in the final month of the season before they were swept out of the postseason by Miami.