I would love for nothing more than to be able to tell you that the Cubs are going to win the NL Central this season, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. But that just isn’t the case, of course.

Forget about the way the team finished last season for none of that matters, nor does it carry over into this season. Still, there is something gnawing at me that tells me this division is very winnable, despite the miserable 2010 season.

For one thing, Sweet Lou is no longer asleep at the wheel, and we have a manager who actually wants to do this and is even somewhat lucid.

For another, the moves made this offseason weren’t bad, considering the limited funds that Jim Hendry had to work with.

Look, no one expects the Cubs to win anything this year, which is exactly why they just might. Flying under the radar may just be the best place for this team to be.

But, there are a few “ifs” that need to come true for a winning season.  

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