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How Good Are the Cubs?


That's the million dollar question all Cubs fans want to have answered. After the loss to Washington on Opening Day which looked a lot like many of the Cubs' games in 2011 many wonder if it's deja vu all over agan. But there is a way to find out what we can expect in 2012. Go ahead and circle May 18th on the calendar because that's when we'll really know how good this team is. Follow me after the jump and I'll explain why that date is important.

Here's the games the Cubs have on tap between now and May 18th:

April 8 - Washington

April 9-12 - Milwaukee

April 13-15 - @St. Louis

April 17-19 - @Miami

April 20-22 - Cincinnati

April 23-25 - St. Louis

April 27-30 - @Philadelphia

May 1-3 - @Cincinnati

May 4-6 - Los Angeles Dodgers

May 7-9 - Atlanta

May 11-13 - @Milwaukee

May 14-15 - @St. Louis

May 16-17 - Philadelphia

That's 41 games against teams that are all expected to be in contention for their respective divisions. In fact, the only projected division contenders they will not have faced will be Arizona and San Francisco. Then starting May 18th the Cubs get a little bit of a breather before as they wlll face the White Sox, Pirates, Astros and Padres to finish out May before heading back into interleague play in June against the Twins and Tigers as well as another series with the White Sox.

By the time we get to May 18th and the opening game of the first series with the White Sox the Cubs wlll have played 43 games against some of the best teams in the National League. If they are over .500 at that point then 2012 could be a surprisingly good year. If not, then it's just another typical Cubs year. Either way it should be a fascinating stretch for this team.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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