Chicago Cubs Odds

The Chicago Cubs are in a state of transition. Theo Epstein is out and Jed Hoyer is in.

The “Northsiders” face looming personnel decisions on several players who had pivotal roles in the Cub’s 2016 championship win, such as Jake Arietta, Javier Báez, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo. For several, this could be their last season wearing Cubbie blue.

Regardless of the low expectations for the MLB team this year, betting on Cubs remains popular. Opportunities include player and team futures, run lines and totals bets on individual games.

Here’s your guide to betting on the Chicago Cubs at Iowa sportsbooks during the 2021 season.

Chicago Cubs odds: Moneyline, run line, totals

As the 2021 MLB season represents somewhat of a return to pre-pandemic times, the Cubs have games almost every day from April through the end of September.

The Cubs (41-33) will face the LA Dodgers (44-30) in a four-game series at Dodgers Stadium starting Thursday, June 24.

Check our odds tool below for the latest spread, moneyline and totals at multiple sportsbooks in Iowa. Click on any odds to go directly to the online sportsbook and place your bet.

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Cubs NL Central division odds

Most Iowa sportsbooks have the Cubs as the second- or third-most likely team to win the National League Central division. Chicago won this division in 2020. Thus, if you think the Cubs can defend their title this season, check out the live odds from IA sportsbooks:

Cubs World Series odds

What are the latest odds for the Cubs to win the World Series in 2021? Well, oddsmakers expect the Cubs to miss the Fall Classic again this year. Cubbies faithful who believe their squad will end a five-year drought can find the best available odds at Iowa online sportsbooks:

How to bet on the Cubs in Iowa

Sports betting is legal in-person at casinos in Iowa and online using on a legal, regulated sportsbook app or website.

As long as you are at least 21 years or older, not on any self-exclusion lists and within the state’s borders when you place your wager, you’re good to go. The process of betting online consists of the following steps:

  • Download the App(s): While you’re welcome to use a desktop or laptop computer, mobile applications are the ultimate accessibility. Visit the Apple App Store on your iOS device or the Google Play Store on your Android device. You might have to download some geolocation software for compliance, too.
  • Register a New Account: This process can take a couple of minutes and requires you to provide some identifying information. By providing the last four digits of your Social Security number, etc., the sportsbook can verify your eligibility for legal compliance.
  • Claim Free Bets or Bonus: If you’re going to bet on the Cubs anyway, why not do it with some free money? IA online sportsbooks typically reserve their best promotions for new customers. These usually come in the forms of site credit, deposit matches, guarantees against lost bets and odds boosts.
  • Deposit Funds: Although some welcome bonuses aren’t tied to making a deposit, you will eventually need to deposit money into your sportsbook account in order to wager. You can use a wide array of payment options; however, Iowa law doesn’t allow you to use a credit card to deposit funds into a sports betting account.
  • Bet: Now it’s time to have your say on whether the Cubs are gonna win today. Navigate the sports betting app to the baseball section, find “MLB” and browse to your heart’s content.

Best Cubs sports betting app

Iowa is home to multiple sports betting licensees with mobile apps. However, among the top echelon as far as baseball betting goes is PointsBet in Iowa. PointsBet has everything a baseball betting fan could want. The shortlist of desirable attributes includes:

  • Accessible customer service.
  • Competitive odds.
  • Fast processing for live betting.
  • Frequent promotions.
  • Lucrative welcome bonuses.
  • Several deposit/withdrawal options.
  • User-friendly interface.
  • Wide menu of markets.

How did the Cubs do last year?

In the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, the Cubs won their first division title in three years but failed to advance in the postseason. Their final regular-season record was 36-24, good enough to get them a first-round matchup with the Miami Marlins. The Marlins swept them in two games as the Cubs only managed a single run over the 18 innings. Starting pitcher Yu Darvish led the Cubs in WAR at 2.4 in new manager David Ross’s first season.

Cubs betting lines explained

For most individual games, the standard pregame markets include three types of wagers. Those are the moneyline, run line and run totals. Here’s an example from an Iowa sports betting app:

Pittsburgh Pirates+1.5 +210O 5.5 -110+155
Chicago Cubs-1.5 -175U 5.5 -110-182

In this example, the run line is the first market. That’s a wager on the margin of victory for, in this case, the Cubs.

The second market is the run total, which is the combined number of runs between both teams. This market asks you to pick either fewer or more than five runs in the game.

Finally, the moneyline is a bet on which team will win the game. In this instance, the Cubs are the favorite.

Which teams do the Cubs have the best/worst record against?

Throughout their history, the Cubs have fared far better against certain franchises than others. Without any qualifiers for the number of games played but only counting currently active franchises, all of the other MLB franchises these records skew most heavily one way either against or for the Cubs are American League teams.

The three teams that the Cubs have their best winning regular-season percentages against are:

  • Baltimore Orioles: .750 (9-3)
  • Seattle Mariners: .684 (13-6)
  • Los Angeles Angels: .647 (11-6)

As far as the worst regular-season winning percentages for the Cubs go, the three teams are:

  • New York Yankees: .167 (4-20)
  • Tampa Bay Rays: .385 (5-8)
  • Detroit Tigers: .440 (22-28)

Chicago Cubs futures bets

After the World Series each year, futures betting for the next MLB season begins. As the off-season closes, the number of individual player and team futures markets grows. Those markets stay available throughout the regular season, although the odds can greatly fluctuate once games begin.

As far as Cubs team futures, here are some examples:

  • Whether the Cubs will make the playoffs.
  • How many regular-season games the Cubs will win.
  • Whether the Cubs will win the NL pennant.

Futures markets for individual players for the 2021 season are available as well, including:

  • Whether Javier Báez will win the NL MVP.
  • Whether David Ross will win the NL Manager of the Year.
  • Total on Anthony Rizzo’s home runs for the season.

The most important thing to do with futures is shop around. Bettors in Iowa have access to many licensed sportsbook operators.

Cubs live betting

One of the primary reasons to use a sports betting app in Iowa is in-game or live betting for Cubs games. Using a sports betting app will let you follow the game and the odds in real-time.  Then, you can quickly pounce on lines you like the second you see them.

Examples of in-game markets you will find for Cubs games include:

  • The result of the next pitch.
  • Whether the Cubs will score a run in the current half-inning.
  • How many walks plus hits will a player collect during a game.

2021 Cubs schedule

The Cubbies started the season against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 1 at Wrigley Field. The Cubs find themselves within striking distance of St. Louis and above .500.

You can check out the full 2021 schedule here. Here’s what June looks like for the Cubbies:

DateOpponent
June 1-2vs. San Diego Padres
June 3-6at San Francisco Giants
June 7-10at San Diego Padres
June 11-13vs. St. Louis Cardinals
June 14-17at New York Mets
June 18-20vs. Miami Marlins
June 21-22vs. Cleveland Indians
June 24-27at LA Dodgers
June 29-30at Milwaukee Brewers

Cubs stats leaders

To qualify in all seasons but the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign, hitters must have recorded at least 100 at-bats while pitchers needed to record at least 25 innings.

YearBatting AverageHome RunsRuns Batted InWinsEarned Run AverageStrikeouts Issued
2020Ian Happ, .258Ian Happ, 12David Bote, 29Yu Darvish, 8Jeremy Jeffress, 1.54Yu Darvish, 93
2019Nick Castellanos, .321Kyle Schwarber, 38Anthony Rizzo, 94Jon Lester and José Quintana, 13Rowan Wick, 2.43Yu Darvish, 229
2018Ben Zobrist, .305Javier Báez, 34Javier Báez, 111Jon Lester, 18Jesse Chavez, 1.15Kyle Hendricks, 161
2017Kris Bryant, .295Anthony Rizzo, 32Anthony Rizzo, 109Jake Arrieta, 14Wade Davis, 2.30Jon Lester, 180
2016Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, .292Kris Bryant, 39Anthony Rizzo, 109Jon Lester, 19Aroldis Chapman, 1.01Jon Lester, 197

Cubs top prospects

RankNamePositionAge
1Brailyn MarquezLeft-handed pitcher22
2Brennen DavisOutfield21
3Migauel AmayaCatcher22
4Cristian HernandezShortstop17
5Ed HowardShortstop19
6Kohl FranklinRight-handed pitcher21
7Christopher MorelThird base21
8Ryan JensenRight-handed pitcher23
9Chase StrumpfSecond base23
10Reginald PreciadoShortstop17

Cubs bench staff

Manager David Ross’ staff is a combination of one of his teammates from his own playing days, other MLB veterans, and some people who have been around Wrigley for decades. Entering the 2021 season, Ross’ aides consist of:

  • Bench Coach: Andy Green
  • Pitching Coach: Tommy Hottovy
  • Hitting Coach: Anthony Iapoce
  • First-Base/Catching Coach: Craig Driver
  • Third-Base Coach: Willie Harris
  • Associate Pitching, Catching and Strategy Coach: Mike Borzello
  • Assistant Hitting Coach: Chris Valaika
  • Bullpen Coach: Chris Young
  • Quality Assurance Coach: Mike Napoli

Recent Cubs managers

David Ross is in his second season at the helm of the Cubs. It’s Ross’ first job managing at the MLB or any other level. Ross’ most recent predecessors had mostly short and unsuccessful tenures with the Cubs with one very notable exception.

NameTenureRecord (w/the Cubs)
Joe Maddon2015-2019471-339
Rick Renteria201473-89
Dale Sveum2012-13127-197
Mike Quade2010-201195-104
Lou Piniella2007-2010316-293

Where do the Chicago Cubs play?

Chicago’s north side is well known for the Cubs’ long residency. In fact, the area around Wrigley Field is known as Wrigleyville. It endures as one of the oldest stadiums in continuous use in all North American professional sports.

  • Capacity: 41,649
  • Dimensions: Left field – 355′, Left-center – 368′, Center field – 400′, Right-center – 368′, Right field – 353′
  • Surface: Merion bluegrass
  • Ground Breaking: March 4, 1911
  • Opening Date: April 23, 1914
  • Construction Cost: $250,000
  • Other Events: College football games, concerts, and NFL and NHL games, and soccer matches

How to bet on games at Wrigley Field

Visitors to Wrigley Field who are eligible to place legal wagers under Illinois law can place sports bets at any IL sportsbook operator in the state. However, DraftKings Sportsbook has a deal in place with the Cubs to operate a retail sportsbook in or near Wrigley Field. When the Wrigley Field sportsbook opens, DraftKings will enjoy an “exclusivity zone” around the stadium representing a five-block radius. That will apply to online wagering as well as retail. Currently, there is no official timeline for the completion of that project.

Cubs TV and radio broadcasters

As the Cubs handle their broadcasting duties mostly, their broadcasting staff is quite small compared to other MLB franchises.

JonBoogSciambi (left) and Jim Deshaies (right) handle television duties while Ron Coomer and Pat Hughes are on radio.

How can I watch Cubs games in Iowa?

MLB has national broadcast deals with Disney, Fox and Turner. Thus, fans may find a number of Cubs games each season on the ESPN networks, FS1, FS2, Fox and/or TBS. Cable and satellite customers can stream live broadcasts with their credentials using apps, such as ESPN+ and FoxSportsGo.

For local broadcasts, the Cubs operate the Marquee Sports Network. Many cable and satellite companies that operate in Iowa offer that channel, which you can locate here.

Live streaming of those games is available per the terms of use for your cable/satellite company. Unfortunately for Cubs fans in IA who subscribe to MLB.TV, the Cubs are considered an in-market team. That means streaming of Cubs games is only available on an archived basis, not live.

Local radio stations with Cubs games

As far as radio broadcasts in Iowa go, these are the stations affiliated with the Cubs in the state:

  • KADR AM 1400 Elkader
  • KCIM AM 1380 Carroll
  • KCNZ AM 1650 Cedar Falls
  • KCPS AM 1150 West Burlington
  • KMCD AM 1570 Fairfield
  • KNOD FM 105.3 Harlan
  • KRNT AM 1350 Des Moines
  • KUDV FM 106.9 Bloomfield
  • KWBG AM 1590 Boone
  • KXIC AM 800 Iowa City
  • WDBQ AM 1490 Dubuque

Chicago Cubs FAQ

How many times have the Cubs won the World Series?

The franchise has won three World Series titles. However, as far as individual World Series games go, the total is 25. The Cubs have appeared in 13 separate World Series (counting appearances as the Chicago White Stockings). Of greater notoriety was the team’s 106-year drought for winning a World Series title.

Who owns the Chicago Cubs?

The Ricketts family, including siblings Thomas, Peter, Laura and Todd, share ownership of the team. Ricketts purchased the team from the Tribune Company in 2009.

Prior to 20019, the Wrigley family owned the cubs for 65 years. The Tribune Company bought the club in 1981.

What is the Billy Goat Curse?

As with most other legends, it’s difficult to discern what is fact and what is embellishment. However, the story has a simple narrative.

The story goes that the owner of the Billy Goat’s Tavern, Bill Sianis, was kicked out of Game 4 of the 1945 World Series along with his pet goat by stadium staff at Wrigley Field. As an act of vengeance, Sianis cursed the Cubs. In each successive season that the Cubs failed to win a World Series title, the legend of the curse grew.

Regardless of whatever efficacy it had, it ended in 2016 when the Cubs won their first championship in 108 years.

Can I go to a game at Wrigley Field in 2021?

Yes, with certain restrictions. Chicago is in the midst of loosening COVID-19 restrictions. As of late May, Wrigley Field can host fans up to 60% capacity. Fans should expect to be required to wear face masks when inside the stadium and find some amenities unavailable.

What is the Cubs mascot?

Clark the Cub is an anthropomorphic bear that is usually depicted wearing a baseball cap and Cubs jersey, but like most other mascots, never any pants. For most of the Cubs’ history they had no mascot, as Clark was not introduced until January 2014. The mascot is named after the intersection of Clark and Addison where Wrigley Field is located.

Which Cubs players are in the Hall of Fame?

Dozens of individuals have been enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in connection to the Chicago Cubs/White Stockings. Among the most well-known names are Ron Santo, Andre Dawson, Ryne Sandberg, Fergie Jenkins, Lou Brock and Mr. Cub Ernie Banks. Although most are in Cooperstown as players, there are some in the Hall as executives and managers as well.

Who is the Cubs' highest-level farm team?

The Iowa Cubs have been the Cubs Triple-A affiliate since 1981. , They play their home games in Iowa’s capital city of Des Moines,  and there is a Betfred Sports Lounge on-site at Principal Park.

Hall-of-famer and Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg served as the club’s manager for a number of years.