The best thing for everyone involved would be for the Cubs to win a World Series so we don't have to hear about it anymore. Would the fans still be annoying? Of course, but they wouldn't be as annoying (we hope) and it'd be nice not to feel sorry for them everytime we see those "Central Divison champs" t-shirts year after year. Based on the predictions of pretty much everybody, they look to repeat this year by winning the Central and probably having the best record in the National League, again. Then, if history is any indicator they won't do anything in the playoffs. Again. We've been here before. This will happen again. It's kind of like The Matrix really.
Here's the thing though, the Cubs are fragile. Like really fragile. If a few things go wrong for them this season the Brewers (or someone else) could take this division. Nobody is talking about it, but the facts are there. There are serious red flags with this team.
Milton Bradley's bones are made from porcelain, like Ryan Seacrest.
The last time Milton Bradley played more than 100 games as an everyday outfielder, The Passion of the Christ was in theaters. He was the key acquistion to the Cubs off season. He once said "If you don't know me and I don't know you, don't approach me, and I won't approach you. Don't insult me, and I won't insult you, because you don't know what I will or won't do." I am pretty sure that Lou Piniella is going to end up killing him. Or vice versa.
Rich Harden on the other hand is made from the finest of paper mache.
Admittedly, 150 innings of Rich Harden is better than 220 of 90% of the league but it needs to be said. There is no guarantee he stays healthy. Cubs fans have to be excited that the most similar pitcher is Mark Prior.
Despite what you may have heard Ryan Dempster and Ted Lilly are still Ryan Dempster and Ted Lilly.
Dempster 2008 ERA: 2.96
Lilly 2008 ERA: 4.09
Dempster Career ERA: 4.55
Lilly Career ERA: 4.40
Carlos Zambrano's decline will continue.
Mark DeRosa will be missed.
Soriano/Fukudome/Bradley isn't a very strong outfield defense and Aaron Miles is no Mark DeRosa. Last season if something happened to Lee or Ramirez, they could handle it. Not this season. He will be missed.
I could go on, but I believe these are the biggest factors in what could potentially turn out to be a troublesome season for the Chicago Cubs. If everyone stays healthy I can easily see them winning 100 games. They are that good, but they are built on a deck of cards and it could all go down very easily. If they do win 100 games? Well, it's not like the Dodgers are going anywhere.