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The Cubs ended the epic drought by winning Game 7 of the Fall Classic 8-7 in 10 innings on the road over Cleveland Wednesday night, in a game that was just as epic as the drought.
The win capped Chicago’s impressive comeback in the Series, after trailing Cleveland three games to one through four games, resulting in the Cubs facing some of the longest odds they had all season. According to Sports Interaction, the Cubs were underdogs as big as +370 following Game 4.
While the Cubs winning the World Series seems shocking due to their prolonged futility, it wasn’t as shocking to sportsbooks, who had Chicago as the favorites to win it all from start to finish.
At the Westgate LV Superbook, the Cubs opened the season as the 9/2 favorites and were improved to 7/4 at the beginning of postseason play.
The Mirage sportbook had the former “Lovable Losers” in a similar spot, opening the season as the 5/1 favorites and for good reason. The Cubs being were deadly combination of the best team in baseball (as evidenced by their MLB best 103 wins) and being hugely public team.
That was the case all the way heading into the World Series.
The Mirage was seeing plenty of sharp and public Cubs money alike heading into the Fall Classic and it was rolling in like that all season, sportsbook manager Jeff Stoneback told Covers before the Series started, making them a big liability for books.
That being said, 2017 looks like more of the same.
The Westgate Superbook has opened the Cubs as the clear-cut favorites to win next year’s World Series at 3/1. The next closest teams are the Dodgers, Nationals and Red Sox, who are all sitting at 10/1.
Congratulations to the Cubs, but mostly to their fans, but the big question is, do you roll over your Cubs winnings to next year?
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