2023 Cubs World Series Odds, Division Futures, Best Bets, More
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|World Series Odds||+8000|
|Regular Season Wins||76.5|
|To Make Playoffs||Yes +320 / No -430|
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Best Bet: Cubs To Win NL Central (+700)
Dylan Wilkerson: The NL Central was the laughing stock of the National League last year, and when you take a look at the league as a whole, you can understand why. The Central’s only representative in the playoffs last season was the Cardinals who won the division.
When you consider that the winner of the division only has to beat out the Brewers, Pirates, and the Reds (aka Seattle’s farm team), there seems to be one team that rises out of the muck, the Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs made major moves in the offseason, as they both retained and acquired talent from across the league. Trey Mancini signed after having a great season with both the Orioles and Astros. His production and reliability should add some consistency to the Cubs’ roster as he has played in 140+ games every year since 2017.
Nico Hoerner will be back this season and bring his exceptional plate discipline with him. His transition to second base should be smooth, and he will be a great complement to the newly acquired shortstop, Dansby Swanson.
The Cubs’ pitching struggled last season, allowing the third-most home runs in the league. Chicago’s pitching was in the middle of the league in a variety of other stats, but their acquisitions may elevate them to the top. Jameson Taillon should be helpful in the rotation alongside Marcus Stroman and Kyle Hendricks, and there are plenty of intriguing young arms, too, such as Justin Steele and Hayden Wesneski.
This is both a play on the moves that the Cubs made in the offseason, as well as the weakness of their division. At +650 to win one of the weakest divisions in baseball? Sign me up.
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