Can The Cubs Compete In The NL Central?

The Chicago Cubs open their 2011 season on Friday when they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. But after a rocky spring training, do the Cubs have what it takes to compete in the National League Central?

“I think it would be great for baseball if the Cubs make a great run and have a great comeback season,” the MLB Network’s Joe Magrane said on the Mully and Hanley Show. “I’m just trying to find out the things that they do well. And I think so much of that is key to Big Z. We already know what kind of a mercurial guy that he can be, but he’s still capable.”

Carlos Zambrano has already proclaimed that he’s cured after completing his anger management counseling. If that’s the case and the Cubs get the Zambrano who finished last year, then they might have a chance.

But like every year, anyone who wins the NL Central will have to deal with the St. Louis Cardinals.

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“With the Cardinals, they just seem to have a way to be there the last six weeks of the season,” Magrane said. “To me, the most interesting division in baseball this year is the NL Central, because it’s completely wide open. I kind of have Milwaukee leaning a little farther forward than everyone else. It looks like Shaun Marcum is going to be OK, and it’s not going to be that serious of an injury. And if you can keep Zack Greinke off the basketball court, he’ll be as good as anyone else. I’m going to watch that division with more interest than probably any of the other ones, this year.”

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  • mike in davenport

    It seems like every year people like the Brewers and they constantly disappoint.

  • Al

    Cubs won’t stand a chance. All this popularity, all these marketing strategies, and all the money to invest in trading for all-star caliber players in the major leagues, and they still struggle to go to the post-season. One hundred and five years since winning a world series and 66 years since their last trip to the Series is an embarrassment. What a cheap organization!

    South-siders in 2011 is all I can say.

    • saywhat?

      Ummmm…the Cubs have actually made the post-season more times since 2000 than the Sox….just saying. Congrats on your 1 WS in like 90+ years…better than us yes, but still ridiculously horrible. Cubs will compete for the division. The team has good starting pitching, an excellent back-end of the bullpen. I guess if we are just to assume that Ramirez and Pena will have career worst seasons again, then I suppose they will struggle. As is, with normal years out of the vets, this team wins about 85 games or so. Not a juggernaut, but certainly capable of competing for this division.

  • chris is hinsdale

    “after a rocky spring training,”… um, they were like 14-10. And the sox were 11-22. So who had the rocky spring training? If you are a cubs fan, this site is like Fox News.

    • Adam D

      Cubs were not 14-10. Only 24 games? I think its more like 14-19 or 20. So let’s not get too excited.

      • chris is hinsdale

        you got me. and i have to change my white sox stat… they were 11-20. not 11-22… a robust, worst-in-the-league .355 – but hey, they are gonna win it all!!!!

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