But no, this is actually the real thing.
So here we go, the second year in the Theo rebuild.
OUTFIELD--not pretty at all!
Alfonso Soriano, left field. He had a surprisingly decent year last season after a really slow start. Can we expect as good a year this year? I doubt it.
David DeJesus, center field. Solid but unspectacular numbers last season, DeJesus is a place holder in center until something better comes along.
Nate Schierholtz, right field. A career .270 hitter with little power, a guy that's never been a starter for an entire season...that's our right fielder. Boy, I wish I could say that this was just an April Fools joke.
INFIELD--add Baez in a year, and this could be a solid group for years to come.
Luis Valbuena, third base. He's filling in for an injured Ian Stewart, who's holding a place until Javier Baez is ready
Starlin Castro, shortstop. Time for him to really grow up and play to his potential. He's not a 20-year-old anymore, so that excuse won't cut it any longer. If he gets his head into the game, we're set.
Darwin Barney, second base. Remain steady with the glove, get the average up a bit, and we are set at second base for the next several seasons. Barney is the real second baseman, but he won't start on opening day after hurting his knee on Saturday. Brent Lillibridge will fill in.
Anthony Rizzo, first base. Please live up to all the hype from the early part of your time with the Cubs!
BATTERY---The Cubs are very thin with starting pitching.
Jeff Samardzija, pitcher. He is now the ace of the staff. I don't know what else to say.
Welington Castillo, catcher. Beef takes over as the starting catcher. I'm not convinced that he is up to the task. I hope he proves me wrong.
So, are you fans of other teams scared, intimidated, or otherwise afraid to take on this group?
I didn't think so.