The Cubs 2013 campaign is for the most part, going as expected. Sitting in 4th in the NL central and floating around about 10 games below .500. The three teams sitting in front of us in the central, Pirates, Reds, and Cardinals, are probably 3 of the top 8 teams in the league. It's no secret that its a three horse race. The thing is, the Cubs haven't been bad outside of the NL central. Above .500 in inter league play, and holding their own against the rest of the NL.
The playoffs are not going to happen this year, and noone expecting that much from the Cubs. What I fear is being a middle of the pack team that doesn't make the playoffs. In professional sports as a whole, some sports more so than others, being mediocre is the last thing you want. That's right, I'm scared the cubs will be too good this year. It may sound crazy and idiotic, but I would rather finish in the basement this year. Think about it, would you rather be an ok team with nothing to show for it, or be a team that finishes top 5 worst in the league and gets the benefits from it? What did the White Sox get from last year? Bragging rights until they blew their division lead? Cool. We got the top college bat in the draft. Look at the Pirates, they were terrible for years and now they have the best record in the league! They're succeeding because the guys they drafted from those basement years are now contributing. Pedro Alverez, Gerrit Cole, Andrew McCutchen, all of those guys are former first round draft picks that they made, and another high draft pick, Jameson Taillion, isn't far from making an impact.
Im not saying they should lose intentionally, you can't do that. I think that they should cash in for the veterans they have now. That's the direction it's going with all the trade talk. Get more pieces for the rebuild (especially for Garza) and send off the older contributors. The product on the field the second half should be mostly young guys and triple A call ups. Go ahead and tank, start getting in line for another high draft pick. What we need is another good piece from the rebuild, preferably a college talent not too far from contributing. This year, I'm rooting for the rebuild. I want players who will be around like Castro, Rizzo, Samardzija and Wood to succeed. Outside of that, losing is probably better than winning