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Chicago Cubs Top 2016 World Series Futures

The Chicago Cubs remain at the top of the futures board for the 2016 World Series at +333.

However, the overwhelming lead as the favorite has been shortened by the red-hot Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants. The Rangers are now sitting at +650 to win the World Series tied for second on the futures board with the Giants.

Chicago still has the best record in baseball, but barely as both the Rangers and Giants are just percentage points from taking that away from the Cubs. Texas leads the majors in wins with 49 as of Monday June 27.

The Cubs have held the biggest lead in any division in baseball for most of the first half of the season, but have surrendered that to Texas. Nevertheless, the Cubs lead the NL Central by 9 games over the St. Louis Cardinals and 12 games over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Each of the three top teams in the NL Central are struggling as the Cubs, Cardinals and Pirates are all just 4-6 over their past 10 games played.

Chicago has had a number of younger players mix with veterans and actually play in place of some veterans due to injuries.

Chicago starts the week on a down note having lost two straight over the weekend, while their rivals the Cardinals on Sunday won to avoid being swept. The Cardinals are down the line in the World Series futures board at +2500, while the Pirates are sitting at +6600.

Chicago starts a series Monday at NL Central rival Cincinnati, while the Cardinals face the Kansas City Royals in an interleague four-game home and home set. Pittsburgh ends a series on Monday with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

2016 World Series Futures – National League Central in Bold

Chicago Cubs +333

Texas Rangers +650

San Francisco Giants +650

Washington Nationals +1000

Boston Red Sox +1200

Cleveland Indians +1200

Toronto Blue Jays +1400

New York Mets +1600

Baltimore Orioles +1800

Los Angeles Dodgers +1800

Kansas City Royals +2000

St. Louis Cardinals +2500

Seattle Mariners +2800

Detroit Tigers +2800

Houston Astros +2800

Miami Marlins +4000

Chicago White Sox +5000

New York Yankees +5000

Pittsburgh Pirates +6600

Los Angeles Angels +10000

Tampa Bay Rays +10000

Arizona Diamondbacks +10000

Colorado Rockies +10000

Philadelphia Phillies +50000

Oakland Athletics +50000

San Diego Padres +50000

Milwaukee Brewers +50000

Minnesota Twins +100000

Atlanta Braves +100000

Cincinnati Reds +200000

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