The Chicago Cubs are, without question, one of the top-rated sides in Major League Baseball and will fancy their chances of advancing to the World Series next season. Despite their best efforts, the Cubs were knocked out at the final hurdle, losing to the New York Mets in the NLCS game. The Mets went on to face the Kansas City Royals in the World Series for the biggest prize in baseball.
While this was a huge disappointment, Chicago played incredibly well throughout the year and will take great heart from their performances this season. Next year, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Cubs go all the way for the first time since 1908.
In the regular season, the Cubs scraped into the playoffs after recording a 97-65 win/loss ratio, which was good enough to secure third place in the NL Central. Manager Joe Maddon will be particularly impressed with his side’s resilience throughout the campaign and will know that, after a full season of being in charge of the Cubs, he has the full support of the team, fans and hierarchy after an excellent year in Chicago.
Continuity and stability are the two main traits for success and they are both exactly what the Cubs need right now. After failing to reach the World Series in the post-war era, Chicago are finally on the brink of the big time.
Next season, the Chicago Cubs are one of the leading candidates to win Major League Baseball’s World Series. At the time of writing, bet365 price them at odds of 8/1, along with the Toronto Blue Jays – who are also an exceptional side.
While it may be a little too early to suggest that the Cubs can justify these odds, they are certainly a strong outfit and will be full of confidence after their positive showing in the postseason. As previously mentioned, they must improve on their regular season form in order to build momentum next year but they must not peak too soon or else they risk burning out in the playoffs.
Compared directly to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Cubs are on par with the Canadian outfit. Both sides are favoured by the bookmakers but we have a full offseason and free agency period to get through before the 2016 preseason begins.
Toronto are looking to win now, and they exercised their options on star right-handers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion earlier this week. While the Cubs arguably possess the more complete team unit, the Blue Jays have a number of top impact players who are capable of winning matches with superb individual efforts.
Simply put, the Chicago Cubs are VERY good right now. In fact, they may be the team to beat next year. Despite losing 4-0 to the Mets in the final stages of the playoffs, the Cubs are in a great position and with some solid work in the offseason, they will challenge for the World Series next season. With Maddon at the helm, Chicago are in fine hands and their supporters should be excited about their chances in 2016.
by Michael Rehfeldt