The Chicago Cubs, rebuilding in the second half of the 2021 campaign, entered 2022 with intentions to compete.
They had a flawed roster and ended up with a disappointing 74-88 record, though.
They went to work during the offseason, and this time they look like a team that can legitimately fight for a spot in the postseason.
Their lineup is much, much better than what they had at any point last season.
Look at this unit:
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If they can experience even a mild rebound – particularly Bellinger – the Cubs would benefit greatly.
Nico Hoerner developed into a nice middle infield asset, and Morel and Mervis are both very promising.
This is a unit that will need several “ifs” to become certainties, but make no mistake: the potential is there, and if the organization can help get the best out of every element of the lineup, the postseason could be a realistic dream.
Additionally, the Cubs will need the rotation to hold up.
The playoffs are definitely not a lock, but Cubs fans are allowed to dream once again.