Predicting the Chicago Cubs NLDS roster

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It’s that magical time of year once again when the MLB regular season comes to an end and playoff baseball begins. Every team left standing has a shot at a world championship, meaning the Chicago Cubs are just one winning streak away from becoming back-to-back World Series Champions. Before the first pitch of the first game is even thrown, the Cubs must determine their playoff roster. Let’s jump in and make our best-educated predictions.

Starting Pitchers

The starting rotation for the Cubs might be one of the biggest X-factors that could determine their success rate in this year’s playoffs. Loaded with talent, this group has been plagued with injuries and mishaps for the better part of 2017. They have shown a drastic uptick in play down the stretch that should bode well for Chicago. With Arrieta dealing with a hamstring injury, expect the starters for games one through three to be Lester, Hendricks and Quintana in that order.

Starting Pitchers
Jon Lester
Kyle Hendricks
Jake Arrieta
Jose Quintana
John Lackey

Relief Pitchers

This is a very interesting situation for Chicago. The Cubs have a lot of unproven names mixed with more proven commodities such as Davis and Strop. We’re betting on Wilson to get the call here over the likes of someone like Justin Grimm or Rob Zastryzny. However, nothing would surprise us at this point in the Chicago bullpen.

Relief Pitchers
Wade Davis
Carl Edwards Jr.
Mike Montgomery
Hector Rondon
Pedro Strop
Justin Wilson
Brian Duensing

Catchers

Last year the Chicago Cubs carried three catchers in David Ross, Miguel Montero and Contreras. While Rene Rivera has been great for the team since his arrival in August, the team simply has too many other areas with question marks to be afforded the luxury of a third catcher.

Catchers
Wilson Contreras
Alex Avila

Infielders

This group really is not rocket science. Each of these players is a lock for the roster barring some unforeseen circumstances. The real question here is where guys like La Stella and Zobrist will see the most playing time.

Infield
Kris Bryant
Anthony Rizzo
Addison Russell
Ben Zobrist
Javier Baez
Tommy La Stella

Outfielders

Finally, we have the outfielders, a group with a strong mix of veteran leadership and young, explosive talent. Schwarber and Happ can rake with the best of them and Heyward is an elite level defender. Much like the infielders, the real question is where Joe Maddon will line everyone up at.

Outfield
Jason Heyward
Kyle Schwarber
Jon Jay
Ian Happ
Albert Almora Jr.

Maddon will meet Wednesday with pitching coach Chris Bosio and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein to discuss the rotation. We should have answers that afternoon. The big roster reveal might take a little longer though as the Cubs don’t have to announce that until Friday morning, the day of Game 1.

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