The Chicago Cubs are coming off of a very difficult year. They got off to a promising start before things started to unravel. After that, they traded away most of the core that won the World Series for them in 2016.
Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, and Kris Bryant were all traded away to end an era. They even sent Craig Kimbrel, Ryan Tepera, and Andrew Chafin away for good measure. It wasn’t a lot of fun to be a fan of the team during that time.
That left Willson Contreras, Kyle Hendricks, and Jason Heyward amongst others to figure it out and finish out the season with pride. They also saw guys like Frank Schwindel and Patrick Wisdom have outstanding seasons which allowed them to be at least watchable.
However, they made some interesting moves this offseason that have confused the baseball world. They have done things that suggest that they are rebuilding but also have done things to suggest that they are trying to win. The oddsmakers at WynnBett have set some odds that are not very encouraging.
The odds are not in the Chicago Cubs’ favor heading into the 2022 season.
The Cubs are going to have a hard time in 2022. They are currently sitting with the 24th best odds of winning the World series in a league with 30 teams. They are tied with the Minnesota Twins at +8000. They are only ahead of the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Baltimore Orioles on this list.
It isn’t ideal that they are projected (by the odds) to be the fourth-best team in the NL Central Division. Unfortunately, it is a result of their own bad decisions that they have made since sinning the World Series in 2016.
The over/under win total on the season is sitting at 72.5. It isn’t like they are being looked at as a 60 win team but it is still a horrid look if they don’t even reach 73 wins. They should be able to hit the over on that but it might also depend on how they handle the trade deadline as well. If they start trading off pieces like Willson Contreras, all bets are off on how bad they will be.
Meanwhile, the odds are pretty good for the team on the other side of town. The Chicago White Sox are in the top ten for World Series odds and the over/under for wins on the year is at 91.1. That team is doing great right now.
They were so good in 2021 with some bad injuries to key players so surpassing that should be relatively easy if they stay healthy. Things have turned in Chicago as far as the two baseball teams go and decision-making on both sides has a lot to do with it.