Chicago Cubs: Who and what to keep an eye on in 2016

Hannah Mason, co-editor-in-chief

As we enter the 2016 MLB regular season, it is no secret that the top contenders for the World Series Championship are the Chicago Cubs. After a 108-year drought, people all over the country thought 2015 would be the year when the Cubs made it to the National League Championship Series in the post-season. However, they lost in the fourth game to the New York Mets.

With 4-1 odds to win this season, according to ESPN, it is looking like this could be the year (knock on wood). That in mind, as we enter what could be a historic season, here are some things to look out for.


Also known as Bryzoo, the bromance between first baseman Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, the 2015 Rookie of the Year. The two are arguably the best on this team, and actually appear to be good friends off the field. Being the most popular on the team to fans, the Cubs are gonna market this relationship big time.

Another thing to look out for is how Bryant will do in his second season. We are all aware of how he dominated last season with 26 home runs, 99 RBI and a batting average of .275, but that was his first season. In the past, when players experience that much success they usually fall trap to the “sophomore slump”, as it’s hard to live up to the the success from the previous season.


If you haven’t heard of him, I wouldn’t be surprised. He’s not as well know as Cubs’ prospect like Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney or Carl Edwards Jr. Yet, he was one of 18 to receive a non-roster invitation to participate in Major League spring training, according to Chicago Cubs Online.

In the 2015 season he batted .277 and stole 33 while playing at Triple A Iowa. I imagine there will be a lot of players moving around as the team works around Schwarber’s absence, so having versatile players will be key.


Most likely one of the biggest shocks and obstacles the Cubs will have to overcome is losing powerhouse Kyle Schwarber. The left fielder was injured on April 7 after a collision with centerfield Dexter Fowler. As a result, Schwarber will be sitting out the remainder of the season as he recovers from a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee, according to CBS Chicago.

This is a harsh blow to the Cubs’ roster, since in his rookie season alone he had 16 home runs and a batting average of .246. What’s important is how they will fill the void in the roster and adjust to missing a key member that would otherwise help them reach the World Series.