The Chicago Cubs won the NL Central in 2020, but the franchise is in flux after a quick postseason flameout.
The Cubs won the World Series in 2016 and have made the playoffs in five of the last six years. However, they’ve faded from the top tier of MLB teams over the past few seasons. A big offseason lies ahead, as there’s still plenty of talent on the north side.
Theo Epstein is out, and Jed Hoyer is now in charge of baseball operations.
In 2022, Wrigley Field is expected to unveil its retail DraftKings Sportsbook, the first in-venue sportsbook in Illinois. That should provide a fun complementary experience for Cubs fans on game day.
The Cubs have the shortest World Series odds among NL Central teams:
Here’s where IL sportsbooks have the Cubs in comparison to the rest of the league:
The team will open the 2021 season on April 1 at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Our odds tool makes it easy to find the best Cubs odds and lines with the latest numbers from multiple books. Stay tuned, as specific game odds will be available closer to the season:
For additional opportunities to bet on the Cubs, be sure to take the time to explore the offerings in the futures and prop markets. Futures are wagers that you can place on season-long results, while props are additional ways to bet on the individual games.
You can find futures bets by clicking on the dedicated MLB tab at online and mobile sportsbooks. Odds for futures come out during the offseason, and the market will remain active all year round. Here are some of the most popular ways to wager:
When wagering on futures, the idea is to find the best possible prices on the selections you want. You can shop around at multiple books to find them, and you can expect to see movement in the numbers as fortunes rise and fall.
One other note to keep in mind: futures require a long-term perspective as you can’t cash in a winning ticket until the results are known. For potential returns, consider that a winning $100 wager on the Cubs to win the World Series at odds of +2,500.
That would lead to a return of a whopping $2,500. Naturally, the returns will be much less for wagers at lesser odds, but it’s easy to see how potentially lucrative this exciting market can be when you make the right call.
For props, you’ll find some of the season-long variety in the futures market as well. Many of these will revolve around player statistical accomplishments, such as:
On the individual games, you can find props by clicking through on the game listing. You’ll find props that are on team performances and what will happen for the game as a whole. Many of the most popular props revolve around what individual players will accomplish:
Props of this nature bring a bit of a fantasy sports flavor over to sports betting, so those who have found success in that realm can use it as a natural entry point when looking to get started. These are bets that can also enhance the enjoyment of the individual contests, and they provide more ways to win to boot.
Rules and promotions will vary based on the sportsbook, but generally, people can place bets on the moneyline, total and point spread (1.5 runs in either direction).
They can also bet on various player props.
For example, let’s say the Cubs are facing the Cardinals. The run total for the game is 8.5, the Cubs are favored on the moneyline at -150, but are not favored to win by more than one (-1.5 is listed at +120). If nine or more runs are scored, the over will cash, as will the Cubs on the moneyline if they win the game. If the Cubs win by two runs or more, they would also cover the -1.5 spread.
For player props, bettors can put action on anything ranging from a player hitting a home run to the amount of batters a pitcher will strike out. For example, let’s say Rizzo is listed at +400 to hit a home run. If Rizzo does, a $10 bet would net $40.
While we don’t know of any specifics yet, don’t be surprised to see DraftKings offer special Cubs promotions in the future, as they are the team’s official betting partner.
They went 34-26 in the shortened 2020 season and won the NL Central. However, they lost to the Miami Marlins in the first round of the playoffs, scoring just one run in their two losses.
Darvish, Hendricks, Jason Heyward and Ian Happ led Chicago in WAR in 2020.
Here is the Cubs’ regular-season record for every year over the last decade:
Here are some key stats from core position players over the last five years:
|Kris Bryant||.292, 39 HR, 102 RBI||.295, 29 HR, 73 RBI||.272, 13 HR, 52 RBI||.282, 31 HR, 77 RBI||.206, 4 HR, 11 RBI|
|Anthony Rizzo||.292, 32 HR, 109 RBI||.273, 32 HR, 109 RBI||.283, 25 HR, 101 RBI||.293, 27 HR, 94 RBI||.222, 11 HR, 24 RBI|
|Javier Baez||.273, 14 HR, 53 RBI||.273, 23 HR, 75 RBI||.290, 34 HR, 111 RBI||.281, 29 HR, 85 RBI||.203, 8 HR, 24 RBI|
|Kyle Schwarber||N/A||.211, 30 HR, 59 RBI||.238, 26 HR, 61 RBI||.250, 38 HR, 92 RBI||.188, 11 HR, 24 RBI|
|Willson Contreras||.282, 12 HR, 35 RBI||.276, 21 HR, 74 RBI||.249, 10 HR, 54 RBI||.272, 24 HR, 64 RBI||.243, 7 HR, 26 RBI|
|Jason Heyward||.230, 7 HR, 49 RBI||.259, 11 HR, 59 RBI||.270, 8 HR, 57 RBI||.251, 21 HR, 62 RBI||.265, 6 HR, 22 RBI|
|Ian Happ||N/A||.253, 24 HR, 68 RBI||.233, 15 HR, 44 RBI||.264, 11 HR, 30 RBI||.258, 12 HR, 28 RBI|
And here are some key pitching stats, though the list is shorter due to more turnover in the rotation:
|Kyle Hendricks||16-8, 2.13 ERA, 170 Ks||7-5, 3.03 ERA, 123 Ks||14-11, 3.44 ERA, 161 Ks||11-10, 3.46 ERA, 150 Ks||6-5, 2.88 ERA, 64 Ks|
|Jon Lester||19-5, 2.44 ERA, 197 Ks||13-8, 4.33 ERA, 180 Ks||18-6, 3.32 ERA, 149 Ks||13-10, 4.46 ERA, 165 Ks||3-3, 5.16 ERA, 42 Ks|
|Yu Darvish||7-5, 3.41 ERA, 132 Ks (Rangers)||10-12, 3.86 ERA, 209 Ks (Rangers, Dodgers)||1-3, 4.95 ERA, 49 Ks||6-8, 3.98 ERA, 229 Ks||8-3, 2.01 ERA, 93 Ks|
We’ll update the front office’s additions as the offseason rolls along.
The Cubs open the 2021 season against the Pirates on April 1 at Wrigley Field. Chicago will face the Pirates and Brewers in two series apiece before playing their next opponent, the Braves.
Check out the full 2021 schedule here.
Here’s everything you need to know about the home of the Cub, Wrigley Field:
Games air on TV on the Marquee Sports Network as of 2020. You can listen to their games locally on AM 670 The Score. With a subscription, fans can also stream the games on MLB.TV. Marquee Sports Network is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group and is devoted exclusively to Cubs baseball.
Once fans are allowed in stadiums again, there will be at least 81 chances to see the boys in blue at Wrigley Field, located on the north side of Chicago. Fans can place mobile action on games at any of Illinois’ online sportsbooks before heading to Wrigley Field to see the outcome in person.
The Illinois sports betting market is shaping up to be super competitive. The top operators are all looking for ways to stand apart from the crowd, and one has just inked a deal that should help them do so in big league fashion.
The Cubs have chosen DraftKings as the team’s first official and exclusive sports betting partner. Long-term plans call for a branded sportsbook at Wrigley Field. In the short term, you can expect to see DraftKings signage throughout the iconic venue.
It’s safe to say that DraftKings will also have a presence on Cubs media properties, including radio and TV broadcasts, websites and social media. DraftKings has emerged as a leading operator in a number of legal states, and the company is well on its way to doing the same in Illinois.
The DraftKings sports betting app has continually received high marks across the industry. There’s a good selection of ongoing promotional opportunities, as well as a stellar live betting feature. This recently signed deal appears poised to be a win-win for both the Cubs and DraftKings.
One of the most storied franchises in MLB, Chicago cracked its World Series draught in 2016. Before then, the Cubs hadn’t won a World Series since 1908:
Tom Ricketts owns the Cubs. He purchased the team from the Tribune Company in 2009.
Before the Tribune Company, the Wrigley family owned the Cubs for 65 years. The Tribune Company purchased the team in 1981.
Prices vary depending on the game, date and seat, but tickets run anywhere from $15 to well over $100. Rooftop tickets generally cost hundreds of dollars.
In 2019, the Cubs had the sixth-most expensive ticket price in MLB at $93. The Red Sox had the most expensive ticket prices in the league.
Known as the “lovable losers,” the Cubs famously endured a 100-year plus World Series draught.
However, they snapped that draught in 2016. In total, they have won three World Series — in 1907, 1908 and 2016.
The Cubs are one of the most popular franchises in MLB, as the most well-known team in the third-biggest city in the US, Chicago.
The Cubs are the fourth-most valuable team in baseball according to Forbes and are listed at $3.2 billion.
Before them are the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. The Cubs are followed by the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets.
There have been 50 players who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, but some did not play the majority of their games for the Cubs.
Among the most noteworthy Cubs to enter the Hall of Fame are Ernie Banks, Andre Dawson, Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Ron Santo.
Sammy Sosa, one of the greatest Cubs of all time, has yet to be inducted to the Hall of Fame due to his alleged steroid use.