Cubs Will be Almost Impossible to Catch in the NL Central According to Latest Odds

Jason Schandl
Odds to win the NL Central reveal the Chicago Cubs quickly emerging as runaway favorites.
Odds to win the NL Central reveal the Chicago Cubs quickly emerging as runaway favorites. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

There was no clear preseason favorite to win the NL Central. The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds were tied for the best odds (+230) on FanDuel Sportsbook, and the St. Louis Cardinals (+240) and Milwaukee Brewers (+350) weren't far behind.

Things change very quickly in this shortened season, though, and the Cubs have emerged as massive favorites.

Sitting 4.5 games up on the Brewers and Cards (and 5.0 games on the Reds), the Cubs have -350 odds to win the NL Central in 2020. Those odds absolutely blow away the competition, as the next best mark is the Reds at +650. The Brewers and Cardinals are both at +850. The Pittsburgh Pirates, at +10000, are not even in the conversation.

As a -350 favorite, the NL Central is now one of the most lopsided in any division. Only the Los Angeles Dodgers (-370 to win the NL West) and New York Yankees (-410 to win the AL East) are bigger favorites.

With the expanded playoffs, there's still lots of reason to be intrigued while the three other playoff hopefuls continue to duke it out. At this point, however, it looks like the Cubs are going to be nearly impossible to catch.

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