One word: Talent
The Cubs have it! All across the board, the Cubs have proven ability to perform. In addition to the ridiculously talented roster of phenomenal athletes, the Cubs have Joe Maddon, one of the best managers in baseball.
Just take the current all-star voting. If voting were to end today, the Cubs would have 1B, 2B, SS, and 3B locked up by Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Addison Russell, and Kris Bryant respectively. Someone might have a shot at the NL MVP out of that list. That goes without mentioning that Dexter Fowler is also leading the votes among outfielders. That alone shows the incredible support they have continuously received for the outstanding talent.
Also, how can one forget about the pitching staff? With Arrieta, Lester, and Hendricks dealing the Cubs will have no problem taking care of business in the postseason. These pitchers have the ability to absolutely dominate and shut down opposing teams (especially Arrieta, who might be in line for another Cy Young).
Now, talent aside, take a look at their record! Currently 51-28 (as of writing this article) they sit nine and a half games above the second place Cardinals in the NL Central. They have the best record in the entire MLB, and they are on track to make the playoffs with ease. That is probably why they are the favorites in Vegas right now to win not only the NL Central, but the National League Pennant and the World Series.
Of course, there will be people who say that there is still a lot of season left to be played. While that is true, the Cubs have not shown any signs of slowing. They even added Willson Contreras as a catcher who went up and hit a home run the first pitch of his major league career. Yes, you did read that right. Absolutely unbelievable!
This has also all happened without the help of Kyle Schwarber who experienced a season ending injury after running into Dexter Fowler on April 7. Kyle Schwarber came up huge in the playoffs last year, but the Cubs have shown time and time again that they have the hitting power to get the job done.
So, with all of this one thing still scares me: They are the Cubs! The Cubs have not won the World Series since 1908! Despite promising years, the Cubs cannot seem to get over the various curses placed upon them. That being said, not even a curse can hold back the power packed Cubs lineup. This year they will most likely be helped by not having to play in the Wild Card game as well. Although they moved on last year, the Wild Card game tends to be a shot in the dark when it comes to the outcome. Although no easy task, the Cubs have a great chance at this year’s World Series title. Go Cubs!