Of course they can!
In order to try and restore(and hopefully not destroy)some hope lets talk about the Cubs chances of winning the division. Seriously.
I, being the young, enthusiastic, and hopeful fan believe anything is possible. But that is just me.
I don't want to talk about getting an all-star team together because besides the fact that doesn't necessarily win you games, having a team of only superstars is hard to do(this means no impossible ideas like if we add Johan Santana to the rotation...). But anyway, let's talk about our National League Central Division.
Can we make a jump from fourth to first? We say that our offseason is not active, while in my opinion the whole Division hasn't been very active. The Cards have some question marks in a few places. They still have Pujols, Edmonds, Rolen, Eckstein, and Molina, but like us, no powerful corner outfielder. The Astros have moved on without Roger Clemens, at least till May, which destroys their Big Three and leaves an open spot in their rotation. They have resigned Brad Ausmus and one of their relievers(?), but that's pretty much it. The Reds have a good offense, but no pitching so that doesn't give them a good chance. The Pirates are still in the process of rebuilding. The Brewers are possible wild card contenders, although they also have quite a few injury prone people. Their ace, Ben Sheets, had an injury at the end of the season and I have no idea how that will work out, but the Brew Crew needs him. However, they still have some good young players on the team.
Will we have the best 25-man roster? Why or why not? I know it is early and there are still a zillion seconds till opening day, but someone said we didn't talk about it, so maybe we should, at least a little.
To me, as always, the Cards are the biggest threat. They have Pujols and a good starting rotation. But I have hope that the team in the playoffs is the real Cardinals team we will see next year. If you ask me right now though, I don't feel very threatened by either team. That doesn't mean I feel the Cubs are threatening either.
There, I talked about the Cubs and the Division.