After dismantling most of their championship core from 2016, the Chicago Cubs experienced a lost season in 2022. The North Side ball club finished with a 74-88 record while finishing 19 games back in the National League Central.
In addition, the Cubs lost the final piece of their World Series-winning team when catcher Willson Conteras left in free agency this offseason to join the division-rival St. Louis Cardinals.
On the other hand, Chicago made some significant additions to their 2023 lineup by signing star shortstop Dansby Swanson to a seven-year $177 million contract and adding former MVP Cody Bellinger on a one-year prove-it deal.
Meanwhile, free agents Jameson Taillon and Drew Smyly will join a Cubs rotation led by Marcus Stroman and Kyle Hendricks.
Will the Cubs be able to compete in the NL Central in 2023? Or will they continue to struggle during their rebuilding efforts? Let’s check the sportsbooks to find best bets and props for the Chicago Cubs this season.
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Cubs Top Betting Odds 2023
Cubs MLB betting odds are current as of Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. from Caesars Sportsbook.
- World Series Winners: (+6000)
- Win National League pennant: (+3000)
- Win NL Central title: (+550)
- Win Total: Over 78 (-110) | Under 78 (-110)
The Cubs are a longshot to hang any banner at the end of this season, but there is still an opportunity to bet on the Over/Under, which is set at 78 wins.
2023 MLB Futures Odds
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Cubs Futures Bets 2023
Cubs To Win Over 78 Games (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
The Cubs secured 74 wins last season and will be fielding a superior team in 2023.
A healthy Taillon could be a significant boost for a primarily underwhelming Chicago rotation. At the same time, the additions of Swanson and Bellinger should more than make up for the absence of Contreras behind the plate.
The line is fair at 78 games, but I will take the Over.
Cubs To Win the NL Central (+550) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
If Cody Bellinger can rekindle some of the fire from his MVP form, the Cubs could easily outperform expectations in one of the weaker divisions in baseball.
Don’t get me wrong. This is a long shot, and the Cubs’ likely ceiling is third place once again behind the Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers. However, at +550, the Cubs may be one of the better values on the board in divisional races.
Cubs Player Prop Bets 2023
This section will be updated once player props are available for the Cubs.
How to Bet Cubs Moneylines
Moneyline bets are a simple way of wagering on MLB games. All you need to do is pick the winner of the game, and you’ll win your bet.
The odds are quite easy to understand, too. For example, if the Cubs are a (-200) favorite, you would have to bet $20 to win $10. If they’re a (+200) underdog, you can win $20 off a $10 bet.
These odds will change every day depending upon the Cubs’ matchup, so there’s always an opportunity for value every step of the way.
How to Bet Cubs Run Line
Run Line betting is another common way to bet on MLB games, and you’re probably already familiar with it. You may know it as how much a team is “picked by" to win.
If the Cubs are 1.5 run favorites over the Reds, the Run Line would look something like this: Cubs -1.5 (-200) vs Reds +1.5 (+200).
In this scenario, the Cubs would have to win by more than one run to cash your bet.
How to Bet Cubs Over/Unders
If you’re unsure about the Cubs’ moneyline or run line on a given day, you can still place a bet on the Over/Under — or total — in the matchup.
Sportsbooks will set a line for how many combined runs they project will be scored. From there, you can bet on the Over or Under.
For example, if you believe in the Cubs’ offense and think it’ll be a high-scoring game, then you’ll want to take the Over. However, if it’s supposed to be more of a pitcher’s duel, you should go with the Under.