Cubs’ Central Division Odds Are Shortest They Have Been All Season Thanks to Opening Two-Game Lead

The Chicago Cubs’ odds are the shortest. The St. Louis Cardinals are just two games back while the Milwaukee Brewers trail by 2.5. Is there worth with either of both trailers or would be the Cubs that the best bet to win this division?
*Odds of 12/08/2019.
They’ve appeared to be the team this year while the Cubs can’t seem to pull in the Central. As they are 19-12 in their last 31 games, they’ve picked up their game over the previous month.
Even the Cubs are seventh in OPS and rank fifth in team ERA, so they are a team that is balanced. A huge issue for them has become the late innings and saves as they’ve blown 21 saves — the third-most from the majors. Remember that they signed Craig Kimbrel and he has been pretty reliable for them, but he’s hurt right now.
It feels like the Cardinals simply can’t really get there this season. They’ve mostly been about a .500 team this season hovering above that mark. They came out of the gates in the second half of this year with wins in 12 of their first 14 games. They then took two of three in the Chicago Cubs.
However, the Cards gave it back, dropping five in a row. It feels like this group is a few bricks short of a load. The roster wasn’t helped by them and that is who they are. Their offense ranks 25th in runs 24th and scored at OPS. It’s simply not great enough — in a weak division.
Of the 3 contenders in the race, the Cards are the worst record against winning teams as they’re just 30-35 (13th at the Majors) whereas the Brewers are 36-29 (fourth) while the Cubs are 33-31 (seventh). That is not a good indication for St. Louis.
It is hard for me to put on board with the Brewers as they represented the Cardinals this year: been close to .500 but hovered round above it. They had been 47-44 in the break and then began the next half 9-6, but would be.
As they’ve blown six saves since the 17, pitching is a struggle for this group. Over the calendar year, their pitching staff has a WHIP of all 1.38, which is 17th.
On crime, the Brewers likely have the best player in this branch in Christian Yelich. He’s batting .335 and contains 39 home runs but even with these amazing numbers, the Brewers are only 17th batting 24th in home runs since the All-Star break. I really don’t think they have the balance to make this house.
Cardinals and the Brewers needed to help themselves and they did not. The Cubs made motions before Nick Castellanos in its purchase and also the deadline. They also picked up Tony Kemp and Derek Holland.
Keep in mind that the Cubs have coped with a ton of injuries too but should get healthier. With Pedro Strop back and Kimbrel returning soon, this is the team. They’re the best choice.
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