as if Sam Panayotovic
Fox sports betting analyst
” of Chicago Cubs PlayUSA Head of Wagering Rex Byers (age 45) told FOX Sports they have no expectations or direction. They will never win another World Series in my lifetime. I’m pretty sure of that.”
For the second time in 10 years, the Cubs find themselves in the early stages of another grueling organizational rebuild.
A decade after then-Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein released a lineup with the likes of Tony Campana, Steve Clevenger and Brian Laher, the current lineup features more. Zach McKinstry, Rafael Ortega And Frank the scammer Below the house stretch.
You could argue that none of those cats, let alone all three, would regularly start for a competitive baseball club. But despite the four billion dollar valuation and stupidly rich ownership, the Cubs aren’t trying to win.
CircaSports sportsbook manager Chris Bennett told FOX Sports, “No team has changed more from opening day to opening day this year than the Cubs. “They dropped all of their key World Series teammates, and they seem determined to completely rebuild. But they’ve made some moves this season trying to compete.”
“They’re in a strange place, and it’s hard to know what they’re doing,” Bennett said. “They need to get more young talent because they have a long way to go to be competitive again.”
Bennett estimates the Cubs could be as high as 200-1 to win the World Series next year when he opens the futures book circa 2023. Right now it’s impossible to know exactly what the odds will be, but triple digits is more than fair.
The team is another team on the board in the eyes of many after decades of flying to Las Vegas to finally break the Billy Goat curse and get tickets to the Cubs’ future.
“We’re not going to see a flood of public money on the Cubs to win the World Series anymore,” Bennett said. “There used to be a lot of entertainment games that were supposed to be good or bad, but lately that hasn’t been the case.”
Epstein’s Cubs were exceptional at setting up positional bases and getting pitches from other spots. At Bays, Bryant, Rizzo and Schwarber were paired effectively with Jon Lester and Jon Lackey in free agency and Jake Arrieta. Kyle Hendrix And Arldis Chapman through businesses. Dexter Fowler signing; Jason Heyward And Ben Zobrist also helped.
That 2016 Cubs team was a perfect storm that ended with the franchise’s first championship in 108 years, but Epstein’s promise of lasting success didn’t come back.
And given all the mixed messages and convoluted roster moves since hosting Chicago’s four World Series legends 12 months ago, it’s hard to be optimistic with Hoyer in the big seat.
“If they offered me that money, they would take that money for death,” he said.
Sam Panayotovich is a sports betting analyst for FOX Sports and NESN. He previously worked for WGN Radio, NBC Sports and VCN. He probably picks with your favorite team. Follow him on Twitter @spshoot.
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