Cubs Weekly Podcast

2022 Cubs preview and predictions

4 months agoTony Andracki

The 2022 MLB season is upon us and there is plenty to discuss on the Cubs front entering Year 3 under David Ross.

The Cubs get set to host the Milwaukee Brewers for a 4-game series at Wrigley Field with Kyle Hendricks taking the ball on Opening Day against reigning National League Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes.

On the latest Cubs Weekly Podcast, we tasked our panel (Elise Menaker, Tony Andracki and Andy Martinez) with providing predictions and thoughts on a variety of different topics.

Below are their answers. For full context and reasoning, check out the podcast:

Favorite spring moment

Elise: Getting to know Seiya Suzuki
Tony: Ethan Roberts making the team
Andy: Baseball returning, Seiya Suzuki

What is the storyline you’re most looking forward to from the Cubs season?

Elise: Prospects, how outfield situation will take shape and Marcus Stroman’s evolution with Cubs
Tony: Who emerges as a long-term piece?
Andy: Young players taking the next step

Breakout player on the 2022 Cubs

Elise: Clint Frazier
Tony: Clint Frazier
Andy: Justin Steele

Who is the player you’re most interested in watching in 2022?

Elise: Brennen Davis
Tony: Seiya Suzuki
Andy: Ian Happ

Under-the-radar player to keep an eye on

Elise: Alfonso Rivas, Cayne Ueckert
Tony: Mark Leiter Jr., Cayne Ueckert
Andy: Alfonso Rivas, Michael Hermosillo

Who will lead the Cubs in homers this season?

Elise: Patrick Wisdom
Tony: Frank Schwindel
Andy: Ian Happ

Who will lead the team in saves?

Elise: Mychal Givens
Tony: Mychal Givens
Andy: Mychal Givens

What series are you circling on the Cubs’ schedule?

Elise: Cubs vs. Cardinals at Wrigley (June 2-5)
Tony: Cubs vs. Yankees in New York (June 10-12)
Andy: Cubs vs. Blue Jays in Toronto (Aug. 29-31), Field of Dreams game (Aug. 11)

Which Cubs prospect will make the biggest leap in 2022?

Elise: Pete Crow-Armstrong
Tony: James Triantos
Andy: D.J. Herz, Kevin Made

Who or what will be the biggest surprise of the Cubs’ season?

Elise: Lineup
Tony: Lineup
Andy: Bullpen

Who are the teams to beat in each league?

Elise: Dodgers, White Sox
Tony: Dodgers, Blue Jays
Andy: Giants, Blue Jays

Bold Predictions for the 2022 Cubs season

Elise: Cubs will make the playoffs.
Tony: Frank Schwindel will receive at least 1 NL MVP vote.
Andy: Cubs will have a Top 10 bullpen in baseball.

Check out the full podcast above and also catch a sit-down interview with Nick Madrigal on his unicorn skillset, walk-up songs and his first few months in the Cubs organization.

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