The brilliant taste of winning their first World Series since 1908 won’t be going away anytime soon, but the Chicago Cubs might very well want to get used to this feeling.
Flush with the best young talent in the game and a minor league system that continues to trot out star-caliber players, the Cubs’ ascension towards elite status isn’t going to be short-lived.
Whether it’s Kris Bryant or Addison Russell at the plate or the likes of Jake Arrieta or Jon Lester on the bump, there’s little question that Chicago will once again be contending for a championship next fall.
The fine folks at MyTopSportsbook.com tend to agree with this assessment.
According to the online oddsmakers site, the Cubs are currently heavy favorites to win the World Series next fall. They come in at 4-to-1 with the Boston Red Sox far behind them with 10-to-1 odds.
Interestingly enough, the team Chicago defeated in seven games in the World Series, the Cleveland Indians, have the third-best odds at 12-to-1.
Sure we have the entire winter to figure out how each team is going to look from a roster standpoint when spring comes calling. But it’s hard to argue with these odds. Some may conclude Cleveland should be ahead of Boston. That’s fine, but the expectation here has to be that the Red Sox will spend the cash needed to up their performance in 2017.
In what should be a pretty big surprise, the Los Angeles Angels currently boast the worst odds of winning the 2017 World Series at 350-to-1. At 300-to-1, the Oakland Athletics, Miami Marlins and Cincinnati Reds are directly ahead of Los Angeles.
In terms of what the site projects to be the World Series matchup, the Cubs and Red Sox coming in at 10-to-1 with a rematch of this year’s title bout currently sitting with 12-to-1 odds.
None of this means a whole lot in the grand scheme of things. However, it does give us an understanding of just how much the gambling industry thinks of the defending champs.
Yes folks, the defending champion Chicago Cubs. Let that sink in for a second.