Chicago
Cubs
Stadium Wrigley Field
0-0 Overall | NL CENTRAL 1st
TEAM STATSAVGRHRERA
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Schedule
Regular season
Tue  7/21
vs
White Sox
POSTPONED
Thu  7/23
@
Cardinals
POSTPONED
Fri  7/24
@
Cardinals
POSTPONED
Sat  7/25
@
Cardinals
POSTPONED
Sun  7/26
@
Cardinals
POSTPONED
Mon  7/27
@
Giants
POSTPONED
Tue  7/28
@
Giants
POSTPONED
Wed  7/29
@
Giants
POSTPONED
Thu  7/30
@
Giants
POSTPONED
Fri  7/31
vs
Brewers
POSTPONED
Team Outlook and Scouting Report

SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS

Their championship odds are 30/1, 3.2% (#14 best). Their simulation based win percentage (2.8%) is not better than their odds implied probability but it would be if not for the juice on the lines. They are a good bet to win the NL at 15/1, 6.2%. Their sim chance is 6.8%. The Cubs are averaging 86.3 wins per sim which makes them a solid bet to win over 84.5 games. At -110 the Cubs are not a good value to make the playoffs with a 49.7% chance. Their odds of winning their division are 3/1, 25%. They win the division in 33.9% of simulations. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #5 in the NL.

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REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES

They were expected to win 54% of their games last season so their 84-78 met expectations. Putting a 100 units on them to win every game would have cost you -1337 units. They were not good against the spread going 76-86 (-1148 loss). They went over 76 times and came in under 78 times. Based on computer simulations they only have a 44% chance to beat the Brewers in their next game. The table below shows their upcoming games, their simulation based win percentage and their recent head to head record (WL, ATS, OU).

TEAM STATISTICAL STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES

Their record should be better. Since last season their average run differential is +0.6 which ranks #4 in the NL, but their rank based on win percentage is #8. This is a relatively better home team than a road team. They are the #2 ranked team in run differential in home games, vs #9 in road games.

TEAM STATS PER GAME (League Rank):

ALLOWED TO OPPOSING TEAMS (Lower # is Better):

TEAM FANTASY LEADERS

The table below show the most valuable fantasy players on the team led by Anthony Rizzo who is projected to be the #5 first baseman / DH. The Better Option column shows the player directly above him and the Better Than column shows the player directly below him in the projected position rankings.

Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateEXPCOLLEGE
60 Adam, Jason RP6-323008/04/19912No College
5 Almora, Albert CF6-219004/16/19944No College
73 Alzolay, Adbert SP6-121803/01/19951No College
75 Amaya, Miguel C6-118503/09/19990No College
9 Baez, Javier SS6-019012/01/19926No College
13 Bote, David 3B6-121004/07/19932No College
48 Brothers, Rex RP6-020512/18/19877No College
17 Bryant, Kris 3B6-523001/04/19925No College
7 Caratini, Victor C6-121508/17/19933No College
32 Chatwood, Tyler RP5-1120012/16/19898No College
40 Contreras, Willson C6-121205/13/19924No College
45 Cotton, Jharel RP5-1120001/19/19922East Carolina
11 Darvish, Yu SP6-521608/16/19867No College
--- Davis, Brennen CF6-417511/02/19990No College
33 Descalso, Daniel 2B5-1020010/19/198610No College
--- Gamez, Juan 5-1122003/07/19940No College
16 Garcia, Robel 2B6-016803/28/19931No College
8 Happ, Ian LF6-020508/12/19943Cincinnati
28 Hendricks, Kyle SP6-319012/07/19896No College
22 Heyward, Jason RF6-524008/09/198910No College
86 Higgins, P.J. C5-1019505/10/19930No College
2 Hoerner, Nico SS6-120005/13/19971Stanford
39 Hultzen, Danny RP6-321011/28/19891Virginia
24 Jeffress, Jeremy RP6-020509/21/198710No College
46 Kimbrel, Craig RP6-020505/28/198810No College
--- Kipnis, Jason 5-1119504/03/19879Arizona State
34 Lester, Jon SP6-424001/07/198414No College
36 Maples, Dillon RP6-223005/09/19923No College
--- Marquez, Brailyn SP6-418501/30/19990No College
29 Megill, Trevor RP6-823512/05/19930No College
--- Miller, Ian 6-017002/21/19921No College
30 Mills, Alec RP6-420511/30/19913No College
--- Morel, Christopher SS6-014006/24/19990No College
57 Norwood, James RP6-221512/24/19932No College
4 Phegley, Josh C5-1022502/12/19887Indiana
62 Quintana, Jose SP6-122001/24/19898No College
20 Rea, Colin RP6-523007/01/19902No College
44 Rizzo, Anthony 1B6-324008/08/19899No College
--- Rucker, Michael RP6-118504/27/19940BYU
56 Ryan, Kyle RP6-521509/25/19915No College
65 Sadler, Casey RP6-320507/13/19904No College
12 Schwarber, Kyle LF6-022003/05/19935Indiana
21 Souza, Steven RF6-422504/24/19895No College
52 Tepera, Ryan SP6-219511/03/19875No College
51 Underwood, Duane RP6-221007/20/19942No College
50 Wick, Rowan RP6-323411/09/19922No College
38 Wieck, Brad RP6-925510/14/19912No College
43 Winkler, Dan RP6-320502/02/19905UCF
2 Zagunis, Mark RF6-021502/05/19933Virginia Tech