MLB Betting: Will the Chicago Cubs Really Beat their Curse?

Posted by Daniel Strum on Thursday,August 27, 2015 8:00, EST in

As everyone knows in Chicago, the Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908. They haven’t even been to a World Series since 1945. Many MLB betting fans attribute this drought to the Curse of the Billy Goat, which was placed on the team during the 1945 World Series. The Cubs were taking on the Detroit Tigers, and Billy Sianis, the owner of the Billy Goat Tavern, was watching a game at Wrigley Field.

He had brought (of all things) his pet goat with him. Some of the fans around him were offended by the odor that the goat brought into the stadium, and so Sianis was asked to leave. He was angered by this and said, “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more.” Many have interpreted this to mean that the Cubs would never win any more World Series games at Wrigley. Of course, since that World Series ended with a Tigers victory, the Cubs haven’t had any more chances.

MLB Betting: Will the Chicago Cubs Really Beat their Curse?

 


 

The curse came up again during the 2003 postseason. The team was in the National League Championship Series against the Florida Marlins and was five outs away from going to the World Series. Then, of course, a Marlin hit a foul ball to left, and fan Steve Bartman interfered with a Cub’s ability to catch the ball. The Marlins then erupted for an eight-run rally to win Game 6, tying the series at 3. The Marlins would also win Game 7 – and then go onto beat the New York Yankees in the World Series.

So why all the optimism this year? Well, the Cubs have one of the most dynamic and creative managers in the game today, with Joe Maddon in the dugout. They also have one of the game’s best aces in their starting rotation, in the person of Jon Lester. Such rookies as Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber have the Cubs offense on fire, and the team now has a record that is the fourth best in the major leagues.

Only Toronto, St. Louis and Pittsburgh are ahead of them in terms of wins and losses. If the season ended today, Chicago would head to Pittsburgh for a wild card playoff, a one-game shot at entering one of the division series.

So can the Cubs make it all the way to the World Series? If you watched the journey that Kansas City took last year, you know that all things are possible for a team that is on a roll. Behind Lester, the Cubs have built a starting rotation that is better than it looked on paper when the season started.

It looked at the beginning like the Cubs would have a weak link at the catcher position, but Schwarber has come up from the minors and comported himself quite well. Kris Bryant could have been a flash in the pan, like so many young hitters are, but he has emerged from a recent slump and could well win Rookie of the Year. However, I would imagine that he has quite a different prize in mind.

Sources:
Baseball-reference.com: http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Curse_of_the_Billy_Goat
CBSsports.com: http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/25279149/nl-manager-of-the-year-watch-joe-maddon-leads-chip-hale-surging

Editor’s Note:
I, the editor of this article promise to wear a bear outfit for every game of the world series if the Chicago Cubs make it to the championship series this year, because I believe this is the year, GO CUBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!