2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread

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Re: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread

Postby Derwood » Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:40 pm

Bull wrote:
Duke Silver wrote:The Brewers win the division.

You can't just say stuff.


Yeah, that’s my job
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Re: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread

Postby Cubs Fan Dan » Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:13 pm

Addy finishes in top 5 MVP hitting .292 33 homers 122 RBIs
Schwarber hits 41 homers
Wilson leads team in saves
Happ joins 20/20 club
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Re: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread

Postby bukie » Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:17 am

Cubs have 8 players with 20+ HR
Cubs have 6 players with 5+ fWAR
Cubs clear 100 wins by September.
Cubs win division by 20 games
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Re: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread

Postby JennieGarthAlgar » Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:52 pm

We will have a 9 game lead at the break, the 2018 NL All Star team will be our team next year and they will beat the American League 18-5

C Contreras
1B Rizzo
2b Baez
SS Russell
3B Bryant
LF Schwarber
CF Happ
RF Harper
SP Darvish

edit: Happ over Heyward wtf was i thinking
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Re: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread

Postby SouthSideRyan » Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:08 pm

David wrote:We've got a week to go before the opener, so let's go ahead and do this.


Bryant, Rizzo, and Schwarber combine for 110 HR
Cubs score 900 runs
Chatwood posts an ERA in the 2's
Cubs win 105 games
Darvish wins NL Cy Young
Hendricks posts his best FIP/xFIP


Does the rest of the team die in a plane crash?
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Re: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread

Postby cubfan » Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:57 pm

After inspiring the Cubs to win another World Series, Heyward retires and tours the country as a motivational speaker.
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Re: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread

Postby Bluescale » Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:54 pm

Heyward puts up a 1.100 OPS and opts out of his contract at the end of the year. How's that for bold?
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Re: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread

Postby Bull » Sun Mar 25, 2018 12:24 am

Bluescale wrote:Heyward puts up a 1.100 OPS and opts out of his contract at the end of the year. How's that for bold?

the boldest. I do think Heyward bounces back though. Chili makes everyone bloated this year. I mean their numbers. Their numbers will be bloated.
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Re: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread

Postby Backtobanks » Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:05 am

Heyward gets 2 hits in a game early in the season and Maddon has him lead off for the next 155 games.
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Postby Sammy Sofa » Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:23 pm

Bull wrote:Chili makes everyone bloated this year.


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Re: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread

Postby UK » Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:48 am

Weis becomes a male escort to ensure a Cubs WS (not sure what the male escort job market is down in NC but live your dream).

Cubs go 11-1 in the post-season.

The one loss is caused by ECU losing at home on a hail Mary to Memphis and Weis' inability to perform after that.
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Re: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread

Postby Bertz » Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:25 pm

-Happ & Schwarber both cut their strikeout rates to the low 20's and improve their defense to the point where they are 4+ win guys.
- Zobrist is a trainwreck, so much so that we're considering releasing him after the year
- The pitching staff is basically as good as in 2016, but less reliant on BABIP/soft contact voodoo
- Heyward's bat rebounds to average, but he loses a step and his defense goes from other-worldly to merely good, so net he's still the ~2 win player from last year
- One of Addy/Javy takes a big step forward, while the other takes a big step back. Combined with the Happ/Schwarber progress, we change our target next winter from Harper to Machado.
- The Cards are right there with us on a 100 win pace up through the ASB, but during that first series back we totally pants them, 2008 in Milwaukee style, and they fade to around .500.
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Postby JudasIscariotTheBird » Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:03 pm

Bertz wrote:-Happ & Schwarber both cut their strikeout rates to the low 20's and improve their defense to the point where they are 4+ win guys.
- Zobrist is a trainwreck, so much so that we're considering releasing him after the year
- The pitching staff is basically as good as in 2016, but less reliant on BABIP/soft contact voodoo
- Heyward's bat rebounds to average, but he loses a step and his defense goes from other-worldly to merely good, so net he's still the ~2 win player from last year
- One of Addy/Javy takes a big step forward, while the other takes a big step back. Combined with the Happ/Schwarber progress, we change our target next winter from Harper to Machado.
- The Cards are right there with us on a 100 win pace up through the ASB, but during that first series back we totally pants them, 2008 in Milwaukee style, and they fade to around .500.

I'm not letting you talk anyone out of Harper to the Cubs. Even if the Addy/Javy situation plays out like you describe, you just put the winner at SS and put Happ at 2B.
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Re: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread

Postby UMFan83 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:38 pm

Feeling crazy so here’s my bold prediction: Ian Happ gets down ballot MVP votes.

Several voters who did not put him on the ballot are never heard from again.
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Re: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread

Postby champaignchris » Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:10 pm

Kyle Hendricks goes “next level” and becomes generally recognized as the ace of the Cubs staff and one of the elite pitchers in the game.

Heyward is out of the regular starting lineup by July.

Some Cubs A-ball prospect has a bust out year and “suddenly” the Cubs have a farm system again. Immediately members of the media demand the Cubs trade said prospect for whatever relief pitcher has a hot trade market at the time. The members of the media conveniently forget they demanded the same of Kyle Schwarber as he hits 45 HRs and posts a 4.5 WAR season.

Zach Britton is pitching for the Orioles by June and for the Cubs by the non-waiver deadline. Victor Caratini is involved in the trade.
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Postby Regular Show » Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:14 pm

champaignchris wrote:Kyle Hendricks goes “next level” and becomes generally recognized as the ace of the Cubs staff and one of the elite pitchers in the game.

Heyward is out of the regular starting lineup by July.

Some Cubs A-ball prospect has a bust out year and “suddenly” the Cubs have a farm system again. Immediately members of the media demand the Cubs trade said prospect for whatever relief pitcher has a hot trade market at the time. The members of the media conveniently forget they demanded the same of Kyle Schwarber as he hits 45 HRs and posts a 4.5 WAR season.

Zach Britton is pitching for the Orioles by June and for the Cubs by the non-waiver deadline. Victor Caratini is involved in the trade.


Zach Britton is the DL with a pretty serious injury. I doubt he comes back by June. He should pitch before the trade deadline, but June seems too optimistic to me.
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Re: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread

Postby gobigred » Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:19 pm

94-68 win the division by 9 games over STL
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Postby champaignchris » Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:24 pm

Regular Show wrote:Zach Britton is the DL with a pretty serious injury. I doubt he comes back by June. He should pitch before the trade deadline, but June seems too optimistic to me.


I’ve read “late May” as target date for his return.

I was being bold.
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Re: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread

Postby We Got The Whole 9 » Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:44 pm

Caratini going to where Sisco is ready to finally seize the spot would be odd. Although a 3 way trade could always happen. I do hope that when Vic is traded it's to a team that is willing to give him an everyday role.
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Re: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread

Postby Cubswin11 » Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:39 pm

I'll add another one, we go wire-to-wire in first place. Since we have the first game off Thursday we'll be in first place, first, before any other NL Central teams game gets done and at worst we spend time tied for first.
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Postby Bluescale » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:41 pm

gobigred wrote:94-68 win the division by 9 games over STL


That's got to be the least bold prediction I've read in ages...
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Re: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread

Postby David » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:56 pm

Bluescale wrote:
gobigred wrote:94-68 win the division by 9 games over STL


That's got to be the least bold prediction I've read in ages...


It's pretty bold to think they'll lose 68 times
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Re: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread

Postby JudasIscariotTheBird » Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:17 pm

David wrote:
Bluescale wrote:
gobigred wrote:94-68 win the division by 9 games over STL


That's got to be the least bold prediction I've read in ages...


It's pretty bold to think they'll lose 68 times

I think its nearly exactly what fangraphs predicts what will happen.
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Re: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread

Postby jersey cubs fan » Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:22 pm

DiceMan4221 wrote:
David wrote:
Bluescale wrote:
That's got to be the least bold prediction I've read in ages...


It's pretty bold to think they'll lose 68 times

I think its nearly exactly what fangraphs predicts what will happen.

The boldest prediction of all is that fangraphs will be right
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Re: 2018 Cubs Bold Predictions Thread

Postby Bluescale » Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:46 pm

DiceMan4221 wrote:
David wrote:It's pretty bold to think they'll lose 68 times

I think its nearly exactly what fangraphs predicts what will happen.


It's precisely nearly exactly what Fangraphs predicts will happen.
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