Gambling in sports handicappers were stunned, however, as the Cubs finished the 2009 online sports gambling season out of contention and in the red. The Cubs had a gambling in sports record of 83-78 for the 2009 season and went over the total in just 67 out of 162 games.
Chicago was never in the race and seemed as if they never recovered from their epic gambling in sports playoff loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on 2008. The big gambling in sports weakness for the Cubs last year was their offense that ranked just 21st in the major leagues for run production.
The poor performance of the lineup wasted a good season by the pitching staff that finished the 2009 gambling in sports season ranked 5th for staff earned run average. Many gambling in sports handicappers still consider the Cubs a dangerous threat that could have a strong rebound, like a good stock that went bad temporarily.
The Cubs resemble a beaten favorite in horse racing that still has plenty of potential and without the overlays that come with a heavy chalk. One player that did not have a bad year in the lineup was first baseman Derrek Lee.
Lee finished the 2009 season with a .306 average along with a team best 35 home runs and 111 runs batted in, which was his best RBI total ever. Lee only had one better season home run total with 46 in 2005. Number one starter Carlos Zambrabo leads the pitching staff.
Last year he went 9-7 with a 3.77 earned run average and he has a solid 3.51 ERA for his career. Ted Lilly is another strong starter that finished 12-9 last year with a 3.10 earned run average. Lilly has been a solid starter since the 2006 season and has had an ERA below 4.00 in two of his last three seasons.
While being a bad overlay last year the Cubs could bring surprise value as a potential comeback team in 2010.