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MLB Futures: Cubs Odds Favorites to End Long World Series Drought

Could the long wait for Chicago Cubs fans finally be over? It’s doubtful anyone alive has seen the Cubs win the World Series, since their last championship was in 1908. If the oddmakers at top sportsbook Bovada have it right the long drought could finally end as the Cubs are a +400 favorite on the World Series odds.

Through the draft and trades the Cubs have stocked up on a ton of young talent in recent years. That young talent is ready to blossom with Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber taking the lead. Add in offseason acquisitions Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist and John Lackey along with rotation leaders Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester and the Cubs look like a powerhouse.

Don’t start planning the parade at Wrigley Field just yet though. It’s an even-numbered year and in this decade that has meant a championship for the San Francisco Giants. That superstition and a stellar rotation is why the Bovada oddsmakers have listed the Giants at +800 on the World Series futures. The Giants brought in Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija to pitch behind Madison Bumgarner, giving them a lethal trio.

The top of the odds list continues to be dominated by the National League, as the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers round out the Top 3, both at +1100.

The Mets just fell short of a World Series title last year and with their starting staff they should be contenders for years. Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz make up arguably the best young rotation in baseball and you can likely add Zack Wheeler to the mix sometime this season as well.

The Dodgers watched Zack Greinke skip town, but all isn’t lost with Clayton Kershaw still leading the rotation. Dodgers fans should also be excited for the first full season of top prospect Corey Seager.

If you’re wondering about the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals they slot in next at +1400 along with the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox.

The Royals lost Cueto and Zobrist but their core of Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez remains intact and they still have their fierce bullpen backed by Wade Davis.

The Blue Jays scored more runs than anyone last year, by a wide margin, and they should score plenty again. Will they get championship caliber pitching though? Boston brought in David Price and Craig Kimbrel to help right the ship after a disastrous season, but the rest of their pitching is also a big question mark.