Chicago
Cubs
Stadium Wrigley Field
82-69 Overall | NL CENTRAL 2nd
TEAM STATSAVGRHRERA
Cubs.2547722434.02
Schedule
Regular season
Thu  9/19
vs
Cardinals
FOX7:15pm
Fri  9/20
vs
Cardinals
2:20pm
Sat  9/21
vs
Cardinals
2:20pm
Sun  9/22
vs
Cardinals
TBS2:20pm
Tue  9/24
@
Pirates
7:05pm
Wed  9/25
@
Pirates
7:05pm
Thu  9/26
@
Pirates
7:05pm
Fri  9/27
@
Cardinals
8:15pm
Sat  9/28
@
Cardinals
FOX7:15pm
Sun  9/29
@
Cardinals
3:15pm
Team Outlook and Scouting Report

SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS

Their odds to win it all are 30/1, 3.2% (#8). They are a good bet to win the championship (3.6 percent chance). They are also a good bet to win the NL at 15/1, 6.2%. Their sim chance is 9.5%. They are projected to win 89 games and go over their pre-season futures line of 87.5. Their playoff chances stand at 60.3% (28% to win the division). Their average wins per simulation puts them at #5 in the NL.

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REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES

Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 81.9-68.1. At 82-68 they are in line with these expectations. Money line backers would be down quite a bit (-698 units). They are 74-76 against the spread for a +70 profit. Their under-over record is 73-69 with 8 pushes. They are favored in their upcoming game vs the Cincinnati Reds. 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. Their average run differential is +0.79 which ranks #2 in the NL, but their rank based on win percentage is #5. This is a relatively better home team than a road team. They are the #2 ranked team in run differential in home games, vs #7 in road games. Their average run differential in their past 13 games is +3.38 which ranks them #1 over this stretch, slightly better than overall.

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 Nick Castellanos who is projected to be the #9 outfielder the rest of the season. 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
5 Almora, Albert CF6-219004/16/19944No College
9 Baez, Javier SS6-019012/01/19926No College
13 Bote, David 3B6-121004/07/19932No College
17 Bryant, Kris 3B6-523001/04/19925No College
7 Caratini, Victor C6-121508/17/19933No College
6 Castellanos, Nicholas RF6-420303/04/19927No College
32 Chatwood, Tyler RP5-1120012/16/19898No College
41 Cishek, Steve RP6-621706/18/198610No College
40 Contreras, Willson C6-121205/13/19924No College
11 Darvish, Yu SP6-521608/16/19867No College
3 Descalso, Daniel 2B5-1020010/19/198610No College
16 Garcia, Robel 2B6-016803/28/19931No College
35 Hamels, Cole SP6-420512/27/198314No College
8 Happ, Ian LF6-020508/12/19943Cincinnati
28 Hendricks, Kyle SP6-319012/07/19896No College
22 Heyward, Jason RF6-524008/09/198910No College
2 Hoerner, Nico SS6-120005/13/19971Stanford
45 Holland, Derek RP6-221310/09/198611No College
39 Hultzen, Danny RP6-321011/28/19891Virginia
4 Kemp, Tony 2B5-616310/31/19914Vanderbilt
20 Kintzler, Brandon RP6-019408/01/198410No College
34 Lester, Jon SP6-424001/07/198414No College
25 Lucroy, Jonathan C6-020006/13/198610Louisiana
36 Maples, Dillon RP6-223005/09/19923No College
30 Mills, Alec RP6-420511/30/19913No College
57 Norwood, James RP6-221512/24/19932No College
37 Phelps, David RP6-220010/09/19867Notre Dame
62 Quintana, Jose SP6-122001/24/19898No College
44 Rizzo, Anthony 1B6-324008/08/19899No College
56 Ryan, Kyle RP6-521509/25/19915No College
12 Schwarber, Kyle LF6-022003/05/19935Indiana
46 Strop, Pedro RP6-122006/13/198511No 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
18 Zobrist, Ben 2B6-321005/26/198114No College