MLB Outlook for the Chicago Cubs in 2020

SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS

Their championship odds are 30/1, 3.2% (#14 best). Even with the juice, the Cubs are a good betting value. Their 6.2% chance to win the World Series (based on simulations) is #4 in the league. They are also a good bet to win the NL at 15/1, 6.2%. Their sim chance is 13.9%. The Cubs are averaging 90.5 wins per sim which makes them a solid bet to win over 84.5 games. At -110 the Cubs are a good value to make the playoffs with a 71.7% chance. Their odds of winning their division are 3/1, 25%. They win the division in 51% of simulations. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #2 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. Anyone betting on them to win every game would have lost a lot (-1337) based on a 100 unit risk per game. They were not good against the spread going 76-86 (-1148 loss). They went over 76 times and came in under 78 times. Their next game vs the Brewers should be close. The Cubs are winning 49 percent of computer simulations. The table below shows their upcoming games, their simulation based win percentage and their recent head to head record (WL, ATS, OU).

OPPONENTSIM%H2H WLH2H OU
3/26 MIL49%9-10, -2966-12-1
3/28 MIL46%9-10, -2966-12-1
3/29 MIL57%9-10, -2966-12-1
3/30 PIT70%11-8, -17811-8
3/31 PIT58%11-8, -17811-8

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):

SituationRunsBatting AvgOPS
All 162 Games5.0 (#5)0.252 (#7)0.633 (#4)
Road4.8 (#7)0.243 (#9)0.608 (#8)
Home5.2 (#5)0.262 (#4)0.660 (#4)

ALLOWED TO OPPOSING TEAMS (Lower # is Better):

SituationRunsBatting AvgOPS
All4.4 (#5)0.251 (#9)0.574 (#3)
Road5.0 (#11)0.263 (#130.613 (#7)
Home3.9 (#3)0.239 (#6)0.535 (#1)

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 #2 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.

PLAYEROWN%RANKBETTER OPTIONBETTER THAN
Anthony Rizzo982Nelson CruzYordan Alvarez
Javier Baez863Francisco LindorGleyber Torres
Nick Castellanos999Trey ManciniRonald Acuna
Kris Bryant967Josh DonaldsonYoan Moncada
Kyle Schwarber9025Eddie RosarioAndrew Benintendi
Willson Contreras952Gary SanchezJacob Realmuto
Ian Happ1684Stephen PiscottyLorenzo Cain
Jason Heyward5488Austin RileyWil Myers
Nico Hoerner2429Miguel RojasJose Iglesias
Craig Kimbrel839Edwin DiazKen Giles