MLB Betting: 11 Reasons The Cubs Have Dominated The 2016 MLB Season

Kevin Stott

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 7:03 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 7:03 PM UTC

Below are some examples of just how great the Cubs have been this season under Joe Maddon & how to use such numbers to predict the NLCS.



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Some subject matter is best only be attacked in list form, and when we’re talking about the 2016 Chicago Cubs, only a list will work if we’re addressing sheer domination in MLB.


11 Reasons Why The Cubs Have Been So Damn Dominating This MLB Season


1—The Cubs (+180 to win World Series at GTBets) have great Starting Pitching, the best in MLB with a Jon Lester-Kyle Hendricks-Jake Arrieta top of the Rotation and the Cubs staff ranks #1 in Batting Average (.212), Earned Runs (511), Shutouts (15) and Quality Starts (100). And when a guy like Arrieta—who won 20 straight decisions at one point (dating back to last season)—is your third Starter, well then....
2—Cubs Pitchers can hit. They’re 3-for-7 this NLDS with 2 HRs (Wood, Arrieta) with 6 RBI heading into Tuesday night’s NLDS Game 4 at AT&T Park (FS1, 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PDT; Lackey-Moore, MLB Odds: CUBS -122, 7½ -110 Bookmaker).
3—Chicago has two legitimate MVP candidates in Kris Bryant (.292, 39 HRs, 102 RBI) and Anthony Rizzo (.292, 32 HRs, 109 RBI). And a case could probably be made for Hendricks, who had an MLB-low 2.13 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP.
4—The Cubs Run Differential (+252) was sick (808 RS-556 RA).
5—This team is Defensively versatile. “I’ve always been about that,” Cubs Manager Joe Maddon said earlier this year of having his players—even Pitchers—being able and willing to play other positions. Stud Bryant played three positions in a game earlier this season. “And the last point is they love it,” Maddon added.



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6—The Relief Pitching has been superb. Cubs Relievers—Chapman, Pedro Strop, Héctor Rondón (36 Saves), Trevor Cahill, Mike Montgomery, Wood and Justin Grimm—quietly had an MLB-leading 3.43 RAPG average, 0.35 Runs better than the next closest team (Nationals, 3.78).
7—Chicago’s 103-59 Regular Season Record winning percentage (.640) was MLB’s best since 2004.
8—Cubs legend Ernie Banks—in MLB Heaven now—obviously has pull with the Baseball Gods. And current Cubs SS Addison Russell (21 HR, 95 RBI) is a god.
9—Chicago (+110 to win NL, at 5Dimes) is as Resilient and Thrifty/Deep as an MLB team can be. The Cubs beat the Giants in NLDS Game 1 at Wrigley Field, 1-0 on a Javier Báez solo shot and then when Cubs starter Hendricks was hurt in NLDS Game 2, Travis Wood promptly came in and pitched brilliantly from the 5th Inning on, hit a HR and got the Win for the Baby Bears who last won the World Series in 1908. And with usual starting RF Jason Heyward resting for NLDS Game 3 in SF, Albert Almora made a game-preserving catch, so whoever’s on the diamond for Chicago (46-18 L64 Grass)—which has played without injured Kyle Schwarber and Jorge Soler—knows it’s all about team first.
10—The acquisitions of leadoff man Dexter Fowler (Astros, .393 OBP), Ben Zobrist (Royals) and Aroldis Chapman (Yankees).
11—Genius Manager Joe Maddon and General Manager Theo Epstein.


MLB NL Winner Pick: Chicago Cubs +110 at 5Dimes



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