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

The Chicago Cubs kicked off the 2018 MLB campaign after a busy offseason that featured a flurry of signings, such as Steve Cishek, Brandon Morrow, and pitchers Yu Darvish.
However a year that started with such guarantee for the Cubs lives after injuries to third baseman Kris Bryant, Morrow, and Darvish. Chicago’s dire situation was further complicated by late-season injuries to shortstop Addison Russell and outfielder Jason Heyward, and the team seemed to have little left in the tank as they stumbled through a 7-7 stretch run on home turf, surrounded by a 2-1 extra innings Wild Card loss to the Rockies at Wrigley Field to close out the season.
Though the Cubs hired army Daniel Murphy marking their moves and remained mostly silent throughout the offseason, with the death of pitcher Jesse Chavez, and the inclusion of veteran utility infielder Daniel Descalsco, the team should enjoy an immediate benefit from enhanced health.
Darvish is allegedly set to make his return after making only eight appearances prior to seeing his 2018 season ended by knee operation, rejoining Jon Lester, Cole Hamels, Kyle Hendricks, and Jose Quintana in what is arguably the rotation in the Majors.

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