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Chicago Cubs Betting Predictions – 2013 Could Be Another Season To Forget For Cubs’ Fans

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 3/5/2013 6:13:41 PM

When general manager Theo Epstein was brought in to rebuild the Chicago Cubs’ franchise, there was a collective sigh of relief among the team’s sports betting fans that they would finally have the man in place that could turn the team’s fortunes around. There were a number of promising signs in year one of the team’s rebuild, and while the Cubs’ record may not be significantly better in 2013, there are signs that this team is on the right track. Baseball fans in Chicago will have to be patient as Epstein continues to restock his roster with talented players, and that means this coming season could be another to forget.

Similar to a year ago, the batting order will be a combination of promising young players and stopgap veterans that can help contribute both on the field and in the locker room. 22-year old Starlin Castro is already a star, and he took a major step forward defensively last season. Joining him this year is Anthony Rizzo, who is expected to make the leap to the bigs after destroying Triple-A pitching last online sportsbook season. Castro and Rizzo are two names expected to lead this club in to the future, and the presence of Alfonso Soriano and David DeJesus around them at the top of the order could make the Cubs’ offense very decent. Nate Schierholtz and is the type of hard worker that will help the young players in their development while setting the right tone in the locker room, until players like Brett Jackson and Albert Amirola are ready for the majors.

While the offense could be better, there is no reason to think the starting rotation wont be much better as well with the addition of four new arms. Edwin Jackson should provide the biggest boost after signing a four-year deal with the club, and he is expected to pitch third behind Matt Garza and Jeff Samardzija. Garza is in a contract year and Samardzija is coming off a breakout season, and if those three can at least match expectations the group as a whole will be much better. Carlos Villanueva is another arm that was added to help fill out the rotation, and will likely pitch out of the No. 5 spot behind Scott Feldman. The wild card in this group is Scott Baker, who did not play last year after having Tommy John surgery but could make an impact either in the rotation or out of the bullpen. Chicago’s rotation ranked 23rd in the majors last season in team ERA, and if it can be marginally better, the Cubs will stand to win more online betting games.

The outlook for the 2013 season isn’t much brighter than it was a year ago, but improvements on both sides of the ball could be enough to add 5-10 more wins to this year’s total. Epstein was brought in to turn this franchise around and he is on the right track heading in to year two of the rebuild, just don’t expect this year’s Cubs to show anything more than a marginal improvement in terms of their overall record.

Projected Record: 66-96; 5th In NL Central



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