2019 Odds to Win NL Central: Cubs & Cardinals Listed as Co-Favorites

The Chicago Cubs kicked off the 2018 MLB campaign following a hectic offseason that featured a flurry of free-agent signings, including Brandon Morrow pitchers Yu Darvish, and Steve Cishek amid high expectations.
But a year that started with such promise for the Cubs lives injuries to Morrow Darvish, and third baseman Kris Bryant. Chicago’s dire situation was further complicated by late-season injuries to shortstop Addison Russell and outfielder Jason Heyward, and the club seemed to have little left in the tank as they stumbled through a 7-7 stretch streak on home turf, surrounded by a 2-1 extra innings Wild Card loss to the Rockies at Wrigley Field to close out the season.
While the Cubs hired gun Daniel Murphy indicating their moves and remained silent throughout the offseason, with the addition of utility infielder Daniel Descalsco, and the death of pitcher Jesse Chavez, the team should enjoy a direct benefit.
Darvish is set to make his return after making just eight appearances prior to seeing his 2018 year ended Jose Quintana, rejoining Jon Lester, Cole Hamels, Kyle Hendricks, and by knee operation in what is arguably the most powerful spinning in the Majors.

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