The live reports from the Cactus League in Arizona for Spring Training continue here at SBR Forum as we look over the various betting odds and what might be good MLB picks to make for season win totals and early season action for this upcoming campaign. Our next look at the baseball odds is two teams from the National League, who are expected to be cellar dwellers in two of the three divisions. Here is an explanation at what might happen with the Chicago Cubs in 2014.
Chicago Cubs– Projected Win Total Over 69.5 wins – 5th in the NL Central
It is impossible to get around the fact the Cubs everyday lineup will be among the worst in baseball. Yes Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro might be worth taking for fantasy teams, but this is about sports betting. MLB baseball handicappers realize these two young players might actually develop further with more talented veteran leadership and this club has none. It would be asking a great deal of any team to have two of its youngest players be team leaders, let alone one lacking talent.
The North Siders just know how to lose, finishing 20-33 in one run games and 20-36 in contests decided by four or more runs a year ago. If anything, the Cubs start the season weaker than a year ago with no power bat like Alfonso Soriano and lacking starters like Scott Feldman and Matt Garza.
While it is a team game, let’s not lose sight of the fact Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood and Edwin Jackson were the starting pitchers in 61 of the Cubs 96 defeats.
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MLB Season Projections
While Cubs fans are hopelessly optimistic, sportsbooks are saying this is the worst team in the senior circuit and it is hard to disagree with them. Maybe something will change or they call up some of the youngsters after the All-Star break, but it extremely challenging to think the Cubs are an Over play against the win total.