The Chicago Cubs open the 2011 season, weather permitting, Friday afternoon at Wrigley against the Pittsburgh Pirates. And that can mean only one thing … it is time for the annual prediction contest on the CCO. So dust off your copy of Gray’s Sports Almanac, Vol. 2 and let’s have a little fun the day before Mike Quade’s first Opening Day as the Cubs’ skipper.
Expectations for the 2011 Chicago Cubs are not very high. Most are predicting Q’s squad to finish behind the Brewers, Cardinals and Reds with around a .500 record … well out of the playoff picture. A couple of publications have mentioned the Cubs as a possible sleeper, while acknowledging several things will have to go right for the Cubs to contend for a NL Central Crown in 2011. But as Larry Bowa says, baseball is not played on paper. If it were, the Cubs would have reached their ultimate goal several times during Jim Hendry’s tenure.
But what does the Faithful think? While the Cubs spend Thursday working out at Wrigley and preparing for Opening Day, let’s make predictions for the upcoming season … The Cubs are coming off another disappointing season and will begin the year with virtually the same roster that took the field last October in Houston. The Opening Day roster will feature nine players that were not with the team last year in Atlanta … as well as a new manager and basically a new coaching staff.
The Cubs are depending on Starlin Castro, Tyler Colvin and Andrew Cashner to take the next step in their development and for aging veterans to put up the numbers they did in 2008.
Do the Cubs have what it takes to prove the critics wrong and compete in the NL Central?
So here’s the contest. Correctly predict the Cubs win-loss record for 2011. The winner will receive something via the mail that has been deemed cool by the CCO … not to mention the title of the “Coolest Commenter on the CCO for 2011.”
Predictions can be made up to the first pitch Friday afternoon but the time stamp on your comment must be before 1:20pm CDT on April 1, 2011.
Now here’s the twist and tie breakers:
There will be only one winner this season. If there is not a correct prediction made, there will not be a winner. No overs or unders this year, the winner must correctly predict the Cubs record … the only exception would be if the Cubs do not play 162 games, which has happened two of the past three seasons. If the Cubs play less than 162 games, then a +/- equation will be taken into account based on the amount of games actually played.
- First tiebreaker – The amount of runs scored by the Chicago Cubs
- Second tiebreaker – The amount of wins for Matt Garza
- Third tiebreaker – The amount of home runs for Carlos Pena
- Fourth tiebreaker – The amount of doubles for Starlin Castro
Please, only one prediction per reader.
Let’s have a healthy debate. State a case for your prediction … plus, even if you don’t make a prediction you can still place your vote in the CCO poll on the right side bar on the amount of wins for the Cubs in Two Thousand Eleven.
Have fun, after all isn’t that what baseball is supposed to be … FUN! The winner will be announced in November.
And remember, Stay Classy Cubs Fans!
Opening Day is ONE DAY AWAY!