Oddsmaker says Chicago Cubs favorites to win 2016 World Series

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CHICAGO — After the Chicago Cubs lost Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field, solidifying a sweep at the hands of the New York Mets, Cubs players came out to the field one last time to salute the fans. To many Chicagoans the future still looked bright for the young team.

One prominent sports oddsmaker would agree.

Online sportsbook Bovada released its early 2016 World Series odds Monday, one day after the Kansas City Royals captured the crown over the Mets. While Bovada says the Royals have almost as good a chance as any to claim the 2016 championship, there’s one team ahead of them.

The Cubs.

According to Bovada’s odds, the Chicago Cubs are the early favorites to win the 2016 World Series at 11/1 odds. The Royals are second at 12/1. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Mets and St. Louis Cardinals round out the top 5.

The Cubs won 97 games last season and knocked off their longtime rivals, the Cardinals, in the National League Division Series, earning the franchise its first appearance in the NLCS since 2003.

But the exciting season ended abruptly when the Mets came in and won convincingly in four games, the final two at Wrigley. It was a disappointing end to an otherwise thrilling year for the Cubs and their fans.

Bovada’s numbers indicate that the future is indeed bright for the Cubs, as many suspected given their up-and-coming stars.

Another popular oddsmaker, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, also thinks the Cubs could fare well next year. But they put Chicago at No. 2, behind only the star-laden Dodgers.

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