Cub Tracks camps out

Feb 4, 2023 - 1:00 PM
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I agree that the Cubs have a chance at winning the Central. I like them overall a little better than the Brewers and I think The Cardinals’ staff will have trouble adjusting to Willson Contreras and vice versa. I do peg the season’s record at or about .500, with a +/- of maybe five games. So the range would be 77-87 wins. Getting beyond that upper number would necessitate career years from more than one player, and I’m not going to count on that, ever.

But... I think Nico Hoerner is going to have a big year. It says here (consults scrying crystal, I mean Magic 8-Ball) that Nico will hit .300+, steal 25+ bases, and win a Gold Glove. Call me crazy, and thanks for the compliment. But that seems reasonable the more I stare at it and try to will it away, so it’ll survive the edit(s).

Mark Leiter Jr. has signed a minor-league deal and will be in camp. He provides depth at the very least. But the Cubs are still expected to add another veteran arm, preferably a southpaw.

I’m trying to decide if I miss MLB Network (I have YouTube TV). Not so much, so far. I sure don’t miss Christopher Russo.

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