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Chicago Cubs 2024 World Series Odds

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For the past three seasons the unfortunate David Ross made methodical progress as manager of the Chicago Cubs. Unfortunately, he did not move the needle fast enough. Last year, Ross put the Cubs in playoff contention, falling just short of the Miami Marlins for wild card playoff position. Ross was looking to return to the Cubs for 2024. Still, when Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell became available, Chicago could not resist hiring the man considered to be the best manager in baseball. Although Counsell’s arrival generated excitement, future market action remains restrained on the Cubs.

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In 2023, the Chicago Cubs had a record of 83-79 and finished 2nd in the National League Central Division. Offensively, Chicago ranked 6th for runs scored, 11th for batting average, 8th for OPS, 15th for home runs, and 8th for stolen bases. Defensively, Chicago ranked 14th for earned run average, 16th for WHIP, 14th for strikeouts, 4th for quality starts, 22nd for fewest errors, and 13th for bullpen ERA. Chicago was -398 on the moneyline and +49 on the run line.

Last season, the Chicago Cubs failed to deliver gambling value despite making a run at a playoff spot and emerging as a surprise team in the National League. Chicago was a classic example of a team that remains too popular and thus expensive at the betting window. The fact the Cubs made a tiny profit on the run line exemplifies the issue.

Key offseason acquisitions: RHP Yency Almonte, INF Michael Busch, LHP Shota Imanaga, RHP Hector Neris

Key offseason departures: OF Cody Bellinger, INF Jeimer Candelario, RHP Marcus Stroman

Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer felt last season’s team left too many wins on the table. That played a role in the stunning offseason addition of manager Craig Counsell, who has built a strong reputation for getting the most out of his rosters.

Chicago also needed to fortify the rotation (Imanaga) and bullpen (Neris) and added another Top 100 prospect talent in Busch.

The biggest issue hovering around the Cubs as camp opens is whether the team is actually done making moves to strengthen the roster. There is a sense that Hoyer has another key addition or two up his sleeve before Opening Day that could impact the lineup.

That looms larger than any of the spring roster battles.

Chicago ranks 9th for MLB payroll.

Chicago Cubs Key Players

LHP Justin Steele is the Cubs' number one starter. Steele is coming off a phenomenal 2023 campaign. Steele was 16-5 with a 3.06 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. As a result of his performance, Stele was a National League All-Star.

RHP Adbert Alzolay is the closer for the Cubs. In 2023, Alzolay was 2-5 with a 2.67 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with 22 saves in 25 opportunities.

In 2023, LF Ian Happ produced 86 runs, 325 doubles, 21 home runs, 84 RBI, and a .791 OPS. Happ was a 2022 NL All-Star.

Chicago Cubs Manager

Craig Counsell shocked the baseball world by leaving his hometown team, the Milwaukee Brewers, for their hated arch-rival Chicago Cubs. Counsell put Milwaukee in the playoffs five of the past six seasons with three NL Central Division titles.

Season-by-Season Record (Since 2015)

2023 83 79 2nd -
2022 74 88 3rd -
2021 71 91 4th -
2020 34 26 1st Lost NLWC (Marlins) 2–0
2019 84 78 3rd -
2018 95 68 2nd Lost NLWC (Rockies)
2017 92 70 1st Lost NLCS (Dodgers) 4–1
2016 103 58 1st Won World Series (Indians) 4–3
2015 97 65 3rd Lost NLCS (Mets) 4–0
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