The Chicago Cubs certainly aren't off to a blistering start in 2021, but this team still sits just one game below .500 at 15-16 on the year. Even with an average start, the Cubs are being seriously disrespected in ESPN's latest MLB power rankings.
Chicago checks in at No. 23 on this list with three other NL Central clubs checking in ahead of them. This includes the Cincinnati Reds who own a 14-15 overall record and remain tied with Chicago in the division standings.
Cubs Power Rankings
It's easy to pinpoint the Cubs' early 2021 struggles to issues on the pitching staff. Chicago owns the league's sixth-best offesne after scoring 146 runs in 31 games. On the other hand, the pitching staff owns a bottom-10 ERA checking in a 4.71 on the year.
Kyle Hendricks entered this season as the staff ace but owns only two wins in six starts along with a 6.07 ERA. The Cubs also just landed Jake Arrieta on the 10-day IL.
Regardless of the pitching struggles, this Chicago team is getting disrespected by these latest power rankings. As it stands, FanDuel Sportsbook gives the Cubs +3000 odds to win the National League title.
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