Baseball has officially arrived today. Well not really, but I just picked up this year’s Sporting News Baseball Yearbook. With 120 pages of preview goodness complete with a Jose Bautista cover this year’s annual is different.
Sporting News predicts your favourite team and mine to win over the Detroit Tigers.
I know, I know this is old news but somehow it’s different when it’s in writing. Also, most stats aren’t up to date due to ever changing player profiles.
This is true, but with just under a month until spring training gets under way, the excitement of scanning through every team and getting the different scenarios is mind blowing!
Baseball is just that type of game where nothing can be predicted accurately. We can only assume the numbers don’t lie.
So, there’s a great case for the Cubs going all the way and the addition of Dexter Fowler provides the 100+ year drought a chance of being nullified.
Look who’s hitting behind him? If the Cubs can win April, which I expect them to win because opposing teams are still finding their niche for the season and haven’t been able to figure out all of the Cubs young talent. They should be able to lay a solid foundation for the rest of season.
Now, whether the Sporting News used “Holy Cow! Cubs Win” as a means to sell slagging numbers of print copies, I don’t know. What I do know is that reading about baseball stats, projections and previews helps chase away those winter blues.
I’m sort of an oddity up here in the Great White North. Everybody is expected to love the Blue Jays, which I do. Juggling between Cubs games and Jays games throughout the summer is a bonus.
People all know my support of the Cubs. Friends, families and people who I bump into on the street ask me about the Cubs.
How are they going to do? What’s up with Jackson? They haven’t won it in how long? Trust me Cubs fans, Canada has adopted the Chicago Cubs as their NL team.
Every sports fan around the world has a soft spot for them.
As far as the Jays are concerned; they could surprise. The absence of Melky is going to hurt but adding Donaldson and Martin is going to give Joey Bats the much needed support. I’m predicting a Second Place AL East finish.