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

The Chicago Cubs‘ odds to win the National League Central are the shortest they’ve been all year. The St. Louis Cardinals are two matches back while the Milwaukee Brewers course by 2.5. Is there worth with either of the two trailers or will be the Cubs the best bet to win this branch?
*Odds as of 12/08/2019.
Even though the Cubs can’t seem to pull away in the Central, they’ve appeared to be the most consistent team this season. More to the point, they have picked up their game over the previous month since they are 19-12 in their last 31 games.
The Cubs rank fifth in team ERA and are in OPS, so they’re a balanced team. A large issue for them has been the late innings and conserves as they have blown 21 saves — the third-most in the majors. However, keep in mind they signed Craig Kimbrel and he’s been pretty reliable for them, although he is hurt at the moment.
It seems like the Cardinals can’t quite get. They’ve mostly been around a .500 group this season, slightly hovering over that mark. They came from the gates in the second half of the season with wins in 12 of the first 14 games. Then they took two from the Chicago Cubs.
However, the Cards quickly gave up it, losing five in a row. It feels like this group is a few bricks short of a load. They did not help the roster in the trade deadline and that is just who they are. Their offense ranks 25th in runs scored and 24th at OPS. It’s simply not good enough — even in a weak division.
Of the three contenders in this race, the Cards have the worst record against winning teams since they’re only 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 difficult for me to put on board with the Brewers as they have mostly represented the Cardinals this season: been near .500 but hovered across a marker marginally above it. They were 47-44 in the All-Star fracture and then started the second half 9-6, but certainly are still 6-7 since.
Pitching is a battle for this group as they have blown six saves since the All-Star Game. On the year, their pitching staff has a WHIP of 1.38, that is 17th.
On crime, the Brewers likely have the best player in this division in Christian Yelich. He is batting .335 and has 39 home runs but even with these amazing numbers, the Brewers are simply 17th in team batting average 24th in home runs since the All-Star break. I don’t believe that they have the balance to make this home.
The Brewers and Cardinals needed to assist themselves at the trade deadline and they did not. The Cubs made motions prior to the deadline along with Nick Castellanos at its acquisition with the registering of Kimbrel. They also picked up Tony Kemp and Derek Holland.
Bear in mind that the Cubs have coped with a ton of injuries too but if acquire healthier. With Kimbrel returning soon and Pedro Strop rear, this will be the team. They’re the best option.
Let’s have fun and keep it civil.

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