The Chicago Cubs ended one of the longest championship droughts in professional sports — winning the 2016 World Series. It was the franchise’s third title and first in more than 100 years. Founded in 1898 as the Chicago Orphans, the club was later called the Colts and then the White Stockings before finally settling on the Cubs in 1903. The Cubbies won back-to-back championships in 1907 and 1908, but there was a period of 108 years the team went without winning a World Series crown.
That skid finally came to an end in 2016 when the Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in seven games to win the championship. Ben Zobrist claimed MVP honors after posting a .357 batting average in the final and delivering the series-winning hit.
The Cubs have won 17 National League Pennants and six division crowns — four in the Central and two in the East.
Former slugger Sammy Sosa is the club’s all-time leader in home runs, hitting 545 during his time with the Cubs. Charlie Root holds a record that may never be touched as the former pitcher posted 201 wins on the mound during an 18-year stint with the franchise.
Chicago Cubs Betting Lines Today
The Chicago Cubs continue to be one of the best teams in baseball, but that doesn’t mean you can bet on the 2016 World Series champions without doing a little bit of research.
Keep track of the Cubbies’ upcoming opponent using our next game widget — a handy guide for bettors that also features live odds.
Whether the Chicago Cubs are playing at home on Wrigley Field or hit the road for a four-game series, the calendar widget will help bettors follow the club’s progress throughout the season.
The widget also gives bettors the opportunity to look into the past and track how the Cubs have fared against other National League teams.
Chicago Cubs Standings Right Now
Are the Cubs doing as expected and leading the National League Central division from the front? Let’s take a look at the Chicago Cubs standing right now.
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The Chicago Cubs weren’t just built for one championship. With star infielders Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant leading the charge, this team is capable of winning multiple rings.
The Cubs boast a lethal batting order from top to bottom, but it’s the heart of the lineup that helped the team post a run differential of +252 during the 2016 campaign. The Cubs scored 808 runs — second most in the NL and third overall in the Big Leagues. Rizzo will be a consistent 30-plus home run hitter as long as the first baseman stays healthy. Rizzo posted 32 homers to go with 109 RBI in 2016. Bryan will put up similar numbers after coming off a 39-home run season in 2016.
Chicago’s starting five on the mound also rank among the best in baseball. Jake Arrieta is the team’s ace as the six-foot-four right-hander posted a remarkable 18-8 record during the 2016 season. Jon Lester led all Cubs pitchers with 19 win in 2016 and will continue to be one of the team’s most reliable hurlers moving forward.
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