Chicago Cubs

Can the Cubs avoid being swept?

by John Ewing • October 18, 2017

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Tuesday to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the NL Championship Series. L.A. is -2300 (5Dimes) to advance to the World Series. Chicago is on the brink of elimination; can the Cubs avoid being swept? Since 2005, not including Wild Card games, there have been […]

Wind blowing in at Wrigley, bet the UNDER?

by John Ewing • October 10, 2017

After a 2-1 victory on Monday, the Cubs can advance to the NLCS for a third straight year with a win on Tuesday. The Nats will do their best to extend the series but the weather might play a role too. Game 3 was played in ideal conditions (mid-70s, little wind and no precipitation). The […]

NL Central and AL East Division Bets

by John Ewing • September 6, 2017

The NL Central and AL East races will go down to the wire. While the Nats, Astros, Dodgers and Indians all enjoy double-digit leads in their respective divisions, the Red Sox and Cubs have failed to pull away in the second half. With less than 25 games to be played, which teams should you bet […]

Trend of the Week: Cubs vs. Reds

by John Ewing • August 16, 2017

Context Game three of a four-game set between the Chicago Cubs (62-56) and the Cincinnati Reds (50-70) is scheduled for Wednesday night. This is an important series for the defending champions who are looking to pull away in the NL Central. Yet off a loss to a team 20 games below .500 can the Cubbies […]

Cubs vs. the Field

by John Ewing • August 1, 2017

At the All-Star break the Cubs were two games under .500. The defending champions have begun the second half on a tear winning 13 of 16 games and taking a 2.5 game lead in the NL Central. The Cubbies appear to be over their World Series hangover, is it time to bet them to repeat? […]

Windy in Wrigley

by John Ewing • July 24, 2017

Most modern stadiums are constructed to limit the effect wind can have. However, Wrigley Field was opened in 1914 and its game-altering winds are part of its charm. At Wrigley, the average total for all games since 2005 is 8.50 runs and the average runs scored are 8.93. This is in line with the averages […]

Trend of the Week: Cubs at Orioles

by John Ewing • July 12, 2017

Context The Chicago Cubs (43-45) will begin the second half on the road against the Baltimore Orioles (42-46). Both clubs are in need of a fast start after the All-Star break if they are to contend for their respective divisions down the stretch. When baseball resumes Friday, where is the value in the Orioles vs. […]

MLB Division Value Bets 6.13.17

by John Ewing • June 13, 2017

The MLB division races are heating up. The Astros and Nationals are dominating but the rest of the divisions are up for grabs. Here are the teams with value to win their respective races. To determine if a team has value we created a consensus projection using FanGraphs and Baseball Prospectus and then compared the […]

Trend of the Week: Cubs vs. Pirates

by John Ewing • April 26, 2017

Context The Cubs head into their series finale against the Pirates on Wednesday night looking for the team’s first sweep of the season. The defending champs have been on a tear lately winning six of their last seven games. Pittsburgh has struggled in recent games going 2-6. The Cubbies will send veteran Jon Lester to […]

Should bettors fade the Cubs?

by John Ewing • April 4, 2017

The Chicago Cubs lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 on Sunday night. This was not the beginning the defending champions were hoping for but the result was especially painful for bettors. The Cubs received 64% of moneyline bets and 59% of moneyline dollars as -122 favorites. Given the poor start, should bettors fade the […]