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CLEVELAND - The Chicago Cubs won the World Series here Wednesday night for the young, the old and the long dead, too. Of course these Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians, 8-7, in 10 thrilling brain-warping innings in Game 7 for themselves, for their own joy and glory.

With a couple of rule tweaks aimed at protecting fielders from injury and further speeding up games, Major League Baseball returns this weekend with an array of storylines that should provide intrigue before the postseason begins in early October. Here are five of the most compelling questions that will be answered over the next six months.