World Series Odds Favor Chicago Cubs Over Cleveland Indians

Posted on: October 24, 2016, 03:00h. 

Last updated on: October 24, 2016, 01:35h.

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Wrigley Field will host the Fall Classic for the first time since 1945, and the World Series odds think 2016 is finally the Cubs’ year. (Image: Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times)

The World Series odds are finally in favor of the Chicago Cubs.

The storied franchise’s last visit to the Fall Classic was in 1945, and the last time the team won a MLB title was 108 years ago in 1908.

The best team in baseball in 2016, the Cubbies won 103 games during the regular season.

They topped the San Francisco Giants 3-1 in the National League Division Series, and then beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in six in the NL Championship Series.

Now only the Cleveland Indians remain in the way of Chi-Town winning the Commissioner’s Trophy.

And while the Indians have also endured years of heartache not unlike the Cubs, in 2016 the Tribe is a formidable foe capable of pulling off the upset.

Bovada has the Cubs favored to win the best-of-seven series at -190, and the Indians are the underdog at +170.

The showdown is expected to be one of the most heavily wagered World Series perhaps in the history of baseball. “The sports betting handle is at an all-time high and the Cubs are involved,” William Hill sports book director Nick Bogdanovich told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

History in the Making

Aside from fans who understandably wanted their team to reach the World Series, the majority of baseball enthusiasts wanted this matchup.

The Cubs and Indians are the two longest World Series drought franchises. Cleveland last won the title in 1948. Combined, the Cubs and Indians have played 174 seasons without a World Series win.

When the Cubs last won the World Series, sliced bread had not yet been invented. There were only 46 states in the US, the Titanic had not yet been built, and the NFL, NBA, and NHL did not exist.

The Indians were so bad at times Hollywood made a movie called “Major League” poking fun at their historically poor play. In the 1989 sports comedy, Charlie Sheen plays “Wild Thing” rookie pitcher Ricky Vaughn.

Cleveland fans petitioned the city to let Sheen come in character to throw out the first pitch during game one in Cleveland, but the city says that won’t be happening.

While many fans hope Sheen is somehow involved, the sure bet is that the 2016 World Series will unquestionably make history.

The Cubs’ stellar pitching staff and Cleveland’s remarkable bullpen should create more than enough nail-biting moments, as both clubs also feature big bats on offense.

Cleveland Casino Ready

Games one and two are in Cleveland. The World Series then moves to Chicago for games three through five, and then back to Cleveland for six and seven. Of course, games five through seven are all “if necessary.”

Downtown Cleveland will once again be rocking when the Series is in town. While the Indians and Cubs begin their quest for the MLB championship in Progressive Field, next door in The Q Arena the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers tipoff their regular season.

It will certainly be chaos.

In preparation of the influx of rowdy fans, the Jack Cleveland Casino wants to make sure only its best customers are utilizing its parking garage.

Unless you’re in the top two tiers of the casino’s loyalty program, each of the 1,300 parking spaces will cost $40 starting at 7 am on Tuesday. Normal weekday rates range between $15 and $25.