Led by General Manager Theo Epstein, Chicago is in the process of rebuilding its roster. Chicago’s core is comprised of promising, young players, but two key veteran additions will provide some grit and toughness. Long-time Tampa Bay Rays manager, Joe Maddon, brings his winning tradition to the Windy City while three-time World Series champion, Jon Lester, will anchor Chicago’s starting rotation. First baseman, Anthony Rizzo emerged as one of the best young power hitters last season. While Rizzo will likely hit third in Chicago’s lineup, fans are eagerly anticipating the debut of third baseman, Kris Bryant. Bryant, who hit 43 home runs in the minor leagues during 2014, has already hit six home runs in just 23 at-bats this spring. Bryant will likely be called up during June, so fans won’t have to wait too long before he debuts in the Windy City. To date, Chicago is 6-9 in Cactus League play. Lester has given up six earned runs over three starts, but fans should not be alarmed with Lester’s slow start since he normally starts the season slowly.
Chicago will play 12 home games during April. According to TicketIQ, tickets on the Cubs schedule during April have an average price of $62.84. Opening Day, which features an intriguing matchup against St. Louis on April 5th, features the highest ticket prices during April. The average price for Cubs Opening Day tickets is $212.15 while the get-in price is $108. The next most expensive home game during April features a matchup against San Diego on April 18th. The average ticket price for this matchup is $74.11 while the get-in price is $11. The least expensive home game during April features a matchup against Cincinnati on April 15th. The average ticket price for this matchup is $42 while the get-in price is $4.
Chicago may be a season away from competing with St. Louis and Pittsburgh for National League Central supremacy. Chicago does boast some of the best young players in baseball. Maddon is the perfect manager to lead this talented roster.