Here at Sportsbookreview.com we begin our look at the baseball futures, win totals and more in the Cactus League in Arizona, with live looks at 15 teams during the month of March for 2016 spring training.
Our first stop is Maryvale, AZ, the home of the Milwaukee Brewers, where they will be taking on everyone’s darling, the Chicago Cubs. The MLB odds have the Cubs to not only win the National League for the first time since 1945, but to end 107-year drought of being World Series champions.
Here is a look at both these National League teams.
Chicago Cubs Odds – NL Central 1st (-170) – NL 1st (+320) – World Series 1st (+625) – Win Total O/U 94
The belief is what is not to like about Joe Maddon’s Chicago squad. The everyday lineup is improved with Jason Heyward and every young player has one more year of experience, plus the knowledge of having postseason experience to build on. The other additions to the roster add a great deal of versatility for Maddon to maneuver players and give them days off.
Maddon has always been an expert in building a bullpen and appears with last year’s pickups, he has more options in the middle of games and late to win. If there is one concern it is the starting pitching, because an injury or two for an extended period could derail the Cubs plans. We will have a longer look at Chicago when we see them later in spring training, but suffice to say, given the history, betting on them at these prices is hardly what you want for MLB picks.
Milwaukee Odds – NL Central 4th (+4500) – NL T11 (+4500) Win Total O/U 69.5
Think about this, on August 31, 2014, the Milwaukee Brewers were in first place in the NL Central. The bottom fell out in September with 9-17 record and they missed the playoffs all together and have not recovered since.
With 30-year old David Stearns having been an assistant general manager with Houston during their rebuild, the Brew Crew is following the same pattern and has gutted most of its assets for the 2016 season. The only recognizable names are Ryan Braun and catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Braun’s contract and recent injuries make him hard to move and Lucroy has to prove he’s healthy before anyone takes him on.
Milwaukee has pretty decent starting staff with Jimmy Nelson, Wily Peralta and Taylor Jungmann, but with little ability to score runs, the pressure is really them to hold opposing teams down, which will eventually wear them down.