Cubs Being Disrespected by Projected 2022 Win Total
The last few MLB seasons have been rough for the Chicago Cubs. Although they've made the playoffs twice in the last four years, they haven't made it past the Wild Card round or won a postseason game since the 2017 season.
The Cubs finished the 2021 campaign with a 71-91 record, leaving fans hungry for better results in 2022. Unfortunately, FanDuel Sportsbook's projected win totals for the upcoming season have Chicago making minimal improvements.
Chicago Cubs Projected Win Total
According to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Cubs' over/under projected win total is set at 74.5 games, which ranks tied for 21st across the MLB. That also ranks third in the NL Central, putting Chicago ahead of just the Cincinnati Reds (73.5) and Pittsburgh Pirates (64.5).
The Cubs have worked hard this offseason to improve their roster, with one of their biggest additions being signing former MLB All-Star pitcher Marcus Stroman to a three-year, $71 million contract. Adding him to a rotation that features Kyle Hendricks, Wade Miley and Drew Smyly gives Chicago a reliable group to send to the mound.
Another significant move was bringing in Japanese outfielder Seiya Suzuki on a five-year, $85 million deal. The 27-year-old had 38 home runs in 439 at-bats over in Japan last year, leaving time to tell if he can translate that to MLB success.
Before the Cubs can compete for another World Series, they must focus on dealing with their divisional rivals first. FanDuel Sportsbook is giving Chicago +1100 odds to win the NL Central in 2022, putting them behind the Milwaukee Brewers (-170) and St. Louis Cardinals (+240).
Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.