MLB 2013 Preview: Chicago Cubs

The Cubs face a long road of rebuilding Photo: The Cubs will need a big year from Alfonso Soriano/AP Charles Rex Arbogast

LOS ANGELES, March 21, 2013 — The Chicago Cubs are baseball’s loveable losers with an emphasis on “losers.” The organization is in rebuilding mode, but that is going to take a few seasons. The Cubs ended 2012 with a record of 61-101.

With Houston moving to the American League, the Cubs will have no competition for last place this year. They do have a few bright spots to watch for this year on both offense and on the mound.

Jeff Samardzija is the bonefide ace of a rotation that is respectable at best. Matt Garza, their second best pitcher, will most likely start the season on the DL. They also signed free agent pitcher Edwin Jackson, who has a no hitter in his past. That no hitter came with nine walks, an amazing feat.

Anthony Rizzo will play his first full big league season this year and should put up fantastic numbers. Other players to look for on offense are Starlin Castro at short and veteran $19 million dollar man, Alfonso Soriano in left field.

Matt Garza could start the year on the DL/AP Morry Gash

 

Projected payroll: $103,118,810

Notable Players Out: RHP Manny Corpas, RHP Justin Germano

Notable Players In: RHP Edwin Jackson, RHP Carlos Villanueva, RHP Kyuji Fujikawa, RF Nate Shierholtz

Prospect Watch: OF Jorge Soler and RHP Arodys Vizcaino

Highlight Hitter: 1B Anthony Rizzo (ZiPS 2013 Projections: .279/.351/.503 31 HR/85 R/109 RBI)

Highlight Pitcher: RHP Jeff Samardzija (ZiPS 2013 Projections: 12-9, 3.62 ERA, 9.16 K/9,169 IP)

Projected Lineup: C Welington Castillo, 1B Anthony Rizzo, 2B Darwin Barneys, 3B Luis Valbuena, SS Starlin Castro, LF Alfonso Soriano, CF David DeJesus, RF Nate Shierholtz

Projected Rotation: RHP Jeff Samardzija, RHP Edwin Jackson, RHP Scott Feldman, LHP Travis Wood, RHP Carlos Villanueva

Projected Closer: RHP Carlos Marmol

Manager: Dale Sveum

Projected 2013 Finish in NL Central: 1. TBA  2. TBA  3. TBA  4. TBA  5. Chicago Cubs

Kevin J. Wells writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music.  Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball

 


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Kevin J Wells

Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR. Kevin has been both a sports and entertainment columnist and editor for The Washington Times Communities since January 2013.

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