Could this be the year that the Cubbies finally break their baseball betting odds curse? Possibly, but if the past 101 years of baseball odds are anything to go by, the team seems destined to come up short against the baseball odds in 2009.
Baseball odds fans in the Windy City last cheered a World Series win for the Cubs in 1908. The team has been close in recent years and again will field a strong baseball odds contender in 2009, but for whatever reason it keeps coming up short. Manager Lou Pinella has experience winning the World Series and no doubt the team’s owners would love some of that baseball odds success to rub off on its players.
If the baseball betting odds curse is going to be broken this year, then the Cubbies must get better when it counts: the baseball odds postseason. This is a team that won 97 games last year yet was quickly put to rest in the playoffs. Hopefully with a year of experience under its belt this team will hold up to the baseball odds pressure in October. There is no doubt this is a very talented team and with a relatively weak NL Central division there is little reason not to think that the Cubs will once again repeat as the baseball betting odds division winner.
The team’s ace of the rotation, starter Carlos Zambrano is dominant pitcher, but he’ll likely be the number two starter behind Ryan Dempster who had a tremendous season against the baseball odd competition last season. Add Ted Lilly and Rich Harden to that mix and the Cubs have arguably the best rotation in the NL baseball betting competition. Closer could be a problem spot for the team as last year’s stud Kerry Wood was lost in the free agent shuffle.
At the plate the Cubs have very few holes and opposing baseball odds pitchers have no easy at bats. The Cubs 1-6 hitters can all hurt you and the team had six hitters with 19 HRs or last baseball odds season. The team will miss second basemen Mark DeRosa’s run production but it still has plenty of talent. Alfonso Soriano and Derek Lee will again be the leaders of the offense and newcomer Milton Bradley could be a huge addition for the team and finally get them over the baseball odds slump they experience in the post season.
This team has the look of a World Series contender.
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