Despite the Cubs’ hot start in 2016, former MLB great Pete Rose believes Chicago won’t win the World Series this season, he said on Fox Sports’ “Outkick the Show” with Clay Travis.
Entering Wednesday’s game against the Washington Nationals, the Cubs are an MLB-best 44–19 and possess a 9 1/2 game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.
“The Cubs right now no question have the best team, but I can’t root for a team that hasn’t won since 1907,” Rose said. “The Cubs will find a way to screw it up I think. They’ve got a good ball club, probably the best ball club in the league right now. They’re playing like it, but again, they can be pitched to, their pitchers can be hit. It’s just a matter of who’s going to give them a fight at the end of the season, in the playoffs.”
Rose, who played for the Cincinnati Reds from 1963–78 and is the all-time MLB hits leader, is skeptical about Chicago’s future due to its showing in last year’s playoffs.
“The Cubs, are they going to play good all year like last year when they won 97 games and then got swept in the playoffs?” Rose added. “We’ll have to wait and see, because in the playoffs, you’re a different animal.”