Sporting News Pegs Chicago Cubs World Series Champs in 2015

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With the acquisition of Manager Joe Maddon and pitcher Jon Lester, the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series in 2015 is now gaining steam from several sources. Their odds in Vegas increased, that combined with the Back to the Future movie prediction, and most recently Sporting News predicting the Cubs to win it all, has everybody in Wrigleyville accounting for their eternal optimism.

The Cubs have the talent in place to make a quick jump in the standings. Once playoff time comes, it’s just about making the right plays at the right times and getting good pitching performances. Several teams are capable of winning the World Series this year — as the Giants and Royals both showed last year, if you get into the playoffs, you can make some noise. The Cubs are the pick to win the 2015 World Series because, after 107 years, they’re good enough to get there and, honestly, aren’t they due a couple of breaks?

How much relevance does this hold? You decide.


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Below are the Sporting News last seven predictions to win the World Series and how they eventually fared.  If 2009 and 2010 are any indication, Cubs’ fans should get excited.

2014

Predicted team: Los Angeles Dodgers

Eventual finish: 1st place in the National League West with a 94-68 record. Lost to the Cardinals in the first round of a best of five series 3-1.

Champion: San Francisco Giants

2013

Predicted team:  Los Angeles Angels

Eventual finish: 3rd place in the American League West with a 78-84 record. Did not make the playoffs.

Champion: Boston Red Sox

2012

Predicted team:  Washington Nationals

Eventual finish: 1st place in the National League East with a 98-64 record. Lost to the Cardinals in the first round of a best of five series 3-2.

Champion: San Francisco Giants

2011

Predicted team:  Boston Red Sox

Eventual finish:  3rd place in the American League East witha 90-72 record.  Just missed the playoffs, finishing one game behind the Tampa Bay Ray for the wild card berth.

Champion: St. Louis Cardinals

2010

Predicted team: San Francisco Giants

Eventual finish: SN nailed it this season. Finished 92-70 in the regular season and defeated the Texas Rangers 4 games to 1 in the World Series.

Champion: San Francisco Giants 

2009

Predicted team:  New York Yankees (over the Cubs)

Eventual finish:  SN nailed it again. Finished 103-59  in the regular season and defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4 games to 2 in the World Series.

Champion: New York Yankees

2008

Predicted team:  Boston Red Sox

Eventual finish: 2nd place in the American League East with a 95-67 record and made the playoffs as a wildcard team.  After winning the first round first playoff series, they eventually lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALCS 4 games to 3.

Champion: Philadelphia Phillies

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