NL Central Odds: Oddsmakers, Bettors Showing Cubs No Love

Despite a talented roster, few believe the Chicago Cubs can win the NL Central this season
Kyle Newman |
Fri, February 19, 11:21 AM EST | 4 min read
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Heading into spring training, the Chicago Cubs are getting no love in the NL Central. Both oddsmakers and bettors believe the team to be the fourth favorite to win the division, ahead of only the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates +7500.

Chicago Cubs NL Central Betting

It makes sense, the Cubs haven’t done much this offseason. They’ve only added three starting-caliber players to their roster all offseason. That’s after trading Yu Darvish to the San Diego Padres. None of the players they’ve brought in are impact players. Zach Davies and Jake Arrieta are both backend or depth rotation options. Meanwhile, Joc Pederson split time between starting and the bench during the LA Dodgers 2020 World Series campaign.

Still, this is a Cubs team with a ton of talent. Kris Bryant, Javy Baez and Anthony Rizzo make up one of the best infields in MLB. Kyle Hendricks is a legitimate ace. The Cubs also sport on the game’s best defensive teams.

There are worries in the starting rotation and the bullpen, but NL Central is also one of the weakest divisions in the National League. The St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, and Milwaukee Brewers all have their own flaws.

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So it’s a surprise to see Oddsmakers only giving the Cubs +400 odds and bettors only placing 8.7% of total bets on the Cubs to win the division.

In a division that’s as wide open as any in MLB, the Cubs have as good a chance as anyone to win it due to their strong defense and expected offensive bounce back.

The NL Central race is going to be tight. The Cubs are going to be right in it. After all, the Cubs won the NL Central in 2020 and have made the playoffs in five of the last six seasons.

2021 NL Central Odds

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