I asked ChatGPT what it thinks the 2023 Cubs will do. Here's its thoughts:
I’m not very good at predicting the future, but based on the information I found from various sources, I would say that the 2023 Cubs will have a slightly better season than they did in 2022, but still fall short of making the playoffs.
According to PECOTA, a projection system by Baseball Prospectus, the Cubs are expected to win 75 games and finish fourth in the NL Central1. This is a slight improvement from their 74-88 record in 2022, but not enough to challenge the Brewers, Reds or Cardinals for the division title. PECOTA also gives the Cubs a 4.7% chance of making the postseason and a 0.4% chance of winning the World Series.
According to ZiPS, another projection system by FanGraphs, the Cubs are projected to win 78 games and finish third in the NL Central2. This is a more optimistic outlook than PECOTA, but still not very impressive. ZiPS also gives the Cubs a 9.9% chance of making the postseason and a 0.8% chance of winning the World Series.
According to Sports Illustrated, the Cubs have made some significant additions to their roster this offseason, such as signing free agents Dansby Swanson, Jameson Taillon, Cody Bellinger, Trey Mancini and Eric Hosmer. However, they also face some question marks and uncertainties, such as how Bellinger and Hosmer will bounce back from their disappointing seasons, how Taillon will recover from his second Tommy John surgery, how Marcus Stroman will perform as the ace of the rotation, and how the young players like Justin Steele, Keegan Thompson and Matt Mervis will develop.
Based on these sources, I would predict that the 2023 Cubs will do slightly better than they did in 2022, but not by much. I would say they will win around 77 games and finish third in the NL Central behind the Brewers and the Cardinals. I would also say they have a slim chance of making the postseason as a wild card team, but a very low chance of winning the World Series. Of course, these are just predictions based on simulations and statistics, and anything can happen in baseball. Maybe the Cubs will surprise everyone and exceed expectations, or maybe they will disappoint everyone and fall below expectations. We’ll have to wait and see how the season unfolds.