No. 2 – Chicago Cubs
If you aren’t a fan of the “Lovable Losers”, or a native of the Windy City, it might look like the Cubs enjoy making their fans suffer. They seem to say same thing every season: wait ’til next year. In 2016, one year after making it to the NLCS for just the fourth time ever, this year may finally be the year for the Cubs.
The lineup was bolstered with the signings of both Jason Heyward (from the hated St. Louis Cardinals) and Ben Zobrist. Those two veterans will hit in front of two of the best young stars in recent history, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo … two players who can hit a ball 500 feet without even trying.
On the mound, last season’s NL Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta takes the number one spot in the rotation, followed by left-handed star Jon Lester and John Lackey. For the Cubs to make it to their first World Series in over seven decades, the pitching staff is going to need to be on point. The power-hitting NL Central is one of the best divisions in baseball, while the Cubs will also likely face potent offenses in the postseason (namely the San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets). But if the pitching stays strong, Cubs fans won’t be waiting for next year anymore.