After failing to live up to their World Series hopes a year ago, the Chicago Cubs will be back at it again in 2020 looking to address the deficiencies that kept them out of the playoffs for the first time after a four-year run that saw them claim the 2016 World Series title. Chicago saw manager Joe Maddon bolt for the Los Angeles Angels and now they’ll try to get it done under former catcher David Ross. Now, let’s find out what likely lies ahead for the lovable Cubs in 2020. Let’s check the MLB Odds and World Series Odds for the Chicago Cubs 2020 Season.
Chicago Cubs Analysis Before 2020 Season Start
Chicago Cubs 2020 MLB Season Odds
Chicago Cubs Offensive Analysis
Chicago was solid across the board offensively a year ago while finishing 10th in scoring (5.02), 13th in team batting average (.252), eighth in OPS (.783) and a stellar sixth in home runs (256). Veteran outfielder Kyle Schwarber smacked a team-high 38 home runs, though he batted just .250. 2016 NL MVP winner Kris Bryant hit 31 homers while batting a solid .282 while Anthony Rizzo hit .293 with 27 homers and 94 RBI. Javier Baez hit .281 with 29 home runs and 85 RBI. Still, no player managed to bat .300 last season and the Cubs will need better seasons from veterans Jason Heyward. Ian Happ and Nico Hoerner in 2020.
Chicago Cubs Defensive Analysis
The Cubs closed out the 2019 campaign ranked 7th in team ERA (4.10), 15th in WHIP (1.32), ninth in quality starts (69) despite finishing an ‘ugly’ 28th in errors (118). Chicago could also use some better campaigns from veteran left-hander Jon Lester who went 13-10 with a 4.46 ERA and former superstar right-hander Yu Darvish who went 6-8 with a 3.98 ERA.
Right-handers Kyle Hendricks and Tyler Chatwood joining lefty Jose Quintana to round out a starting rotation that lost veteran lefty Cole Hamels in free agency. Making matters more difficult is the fact that the Cubs are completely mediocre when it comes to their relief pitching. Closer Craig Kimbrel recorded a modest 22 saves but posted an insanely high 6.53 ERA in doing so.
Chicago Cubs Offseason MovementsAgreed to terms with RHP Jeremy Jeffress on a one-year contract. Agreed to terms with OF Steven Souza Jr. on a one-year contract. Agreed to terms with SS Javier Baez; C William Contreras; OF Kyle Schwarber; OF Albert Almora and LHP Kyle to one-year contracts.
Chicago Cubs Prediction
Chicago looks like a team capable of bashing their way to success in 2020, but their lack of quality pitching will almost assuredly come back to bit them in the rear end at some point once the 2020 season gets underway. The Cubs will also have to adjust to their new manager, who, as a former teammate to many of the team’s current players, puts them all in an odd position to a certain degree. In the end, if the Cubs don’t get quality pitching from just about everyone on their staff, they’ll once again, be fun to watch and will win their share of high-scoring matchups against equally mediocre pitching staffs. However, in the end, I just don’t see the pitching necessary to win the NL Pennant.