Cubs Still Odds On Favorites

(David Pokress/Sportsday Wire)

The sports books sure loves the Cubs.

As MLB camps open, the lovable losers from Chicago’s North Side are the odds on favorite for the World Series. There are a number of online gambling sites likes that show the Cubs as the odds on favorites to win the World Series.

After an off-season that say the Cubbies sign Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist, and John Lackey, no one is faulting the experts in picking Chicago.

But they have to play the games and the Mets and Yankees are up there in over/under win totals. According to Bovada, the Mets have a 89 1/2 over/under, while the Yankees come in at 85 1/2. Both should be good enough to make the playoffs and both have a chance to make the World Series.

That being said, the Mets have a clearer path, since they lead their division, while the Yankees are behind the Red Sox and Blue Jays.

But don’t blame Vegas, last year the Mets were looking at an over/under of around 72 wins, so they surely fooled the experts. With additions like Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera, the team should be better this year than the 90 win pace last season. Plus they will enjoy having Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Yoenis Cespedes for full seasons.

Here are the division odds, according to Bovada:

2016 AL Central – Odds to Win

Kansas City Royals                   11/10

Cleveland Indians                      5/2

Detroit Tigers                            4/1

Chicago White Sox                    6/1

Minnesota Twins                        10/1


AL East – Odds to Win

Boston Red Sox                       8/5

Toronto Blue Jays                     7/4

New York Yankees                    7/2

Baltimore Orioles                       15/2

Tampa Bay Rays                       9/1


AL West – Odds to Win

Houston Astros                         8/5

Texas Rangers                          21/10

Los Angeles Angels                  15/4

Seattle Mariners                        4/1

Oakland Athletics                      12/1


NL Central – Odds to Win

Chicago Cubs                           2/3

St. Louis Cardinals                    5/2

Pittsburgh Pirates                      3/1

Cincinnati Reds                         25/1

Milwaukee Brewers                    25/1


NL East – Odds to Win

New York Mets                          10/11

Washington Nationals                11/10

Miami Marlins                            6/1

Atlanta Braves                           25/1

Philadelphia Phillies                   33/1


NL West – Odds to Win

San Francisco Giants                5/4

Los Angeles Dodgers                3/2

Arizona Diamondbacks              3/1

San Diego Padres                     12/1

Colorado Rockies                     50/1


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Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald is the founder and former publisher of NY Sports Day. After selling to i15Media in 2020, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief and responsible for the editorial side of the publication. In the past, Joe was the managing editor of NY Sportscene magazine and assistant editor of Mets Inside Pitch. He has covered the Mets since 2004.

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