By Jenny Mosley
After a 108-year titleless streak, the Chicago Cubs are finally on track to win their first MLB World Series title since 1908. With 32 games left in their regular season, 13 of those against teams with under 60 wins, the Cubs will enter post season as the National League Central Division champions for the first time since 2008.
With a handful of players having returned from their 97-win 2015 season, the Cubs are stacked with young talent. 2015 NL Rookie of the year Kris Bryant returned at third base for his second year with Chicago. In his first two years with the team Bryant earned NL All-Star honors, was a 2015 Home Run Derby participant and batted in 87 runs. So far this season, Bryant has earned a .305 batting average with 89 RBIs and 35 home runs.
The 2016 Cubs season has been highlighted by the team’s abilities on the mound. According to the stats on MLB.com, pitcher Kyle Hendricks currently leads the MLB in pitching with an ERA of 2.19. The Cubs bullpen also features 2016 All-Star John Lester, and 2015 CY Young award winner Jake Arrieta.
With an 84-47 record entering September, most of these all-star starters will see much more of the bench. According to Gerry Fraley at sportsday.com, manager Joe Maddon is considering using a six-man rotation, which brought the team success back in July. Earning the best record in the National League will grant the Cubs home field advantage through the first two rounds of the playoffs, where they’ve dominated the majors with 46 wins.
North side Chicago fans might as well start prepping Wrigley Field for a celebration, because the Cubbies are bringing home a World Championship this October.