The Chicago Cubs might look very different come this time next year. Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez are all slated to be free agents at the end of 2021, so this could be the last go-around for the core that helped the Cubs bring home that long-awaited World Series championship in 2016. Can they put together one more stellar season? Their projected win total doesn’t indicate that. Let’s take a look at the best betting option for the Cubs’ win total line on DraftKings Sportsbook.
Chicago Cubs Over 78.5 wins (-112)
Another thing Rizzo, Bryant and Baez have in common is that they all underachieved at the plate in 2020. All three finished at least 100 points below their career OPS. For Bryant and Baez, the drop was closer to 200 points. With good health, those players should all bounce back in 2021. The key for the Cubs is getting good results out of a starting rotation that has a lot of question marks after Kyle Hendricks at the top. If that group can just be league-average, the Cubs should end up no worse than a .500 club, topping this line with relative ease. The National League Central doesn’t appear to have an alpha team right now. It’s most likely going to be a race between four teams that will all beat up on the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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