The Chicago Cubs have already broken the curse and won a World Series.

Now, oddsmakers in Las Vegas predict the team will become only the third in almost 40 years to win it a second straight time.

The city’s sports books like the team to win it all, with some making the Cubs a 7-2 favorite. Other favorites are the Indians, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers.

“It’s a team that wasn’t built for the short run; it was built for the long run, and they have the capability of being a strong contender for years to come,” Jay Kornegay, sports book director at the Westgate Las Vegas, said about the Cubs. “I’m not saying it’s a dynasty, but it’s certainly looking like it could be.”

The Cubs, who open against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Sunday, are 7-2 favorites at Westgate, followed by the Indians at 5-1 after opening at 12-1.

Mariners starter on DL

Seattle Mariners starter Drew Smyly will begin the season on the disabled list and could be out two months because of a strained elbow.

Smyly likely will miss six to eight weeks with a flex strain in his left elbow, a big blow after the Mariners’ roster seemed set for the start of the regular season. Smyly will rehab the injury and surgery is not expected, but Smyly and the club are seeking additional information about how to handle the recovery.

Ex-Phillies star dies

Ruben Amaro Sr., 81, a gold glove shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1960s, died Friday in Miami.

Amaro won a gold glove for the Phillies in 1964. He later became Philadelphia’s first base coach and was on the staff when the Phillies won their first World Series in 1980. He also played with the St. Louis Cardinals (1958), New York Yankees (1966-68) and California Angels (1969).

He returned to the Phillies organization in 1999 and spent eight years as a minor-league coordinator, scouting and player development adviser, and Gulf Coast League manager. He finished his career in 2016 as a scout for the Houston Astros.

Around the bases

The Boston Red Sox reassigned right-hander Chandler Shepherd to Triple-A Pawtucket, sent outfielder Bryce Brentz outright to Pawtucket, and sent right-handers Jamie Callahan and Austin Maddox to Double-A Portland. ... Washington Nationals first baseman and outfielder Clint Robinson cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Triple-A Syracuse. ... The Texas Rangers unexpectedly optioned reliever Keona Kela to Triple-A Round Rock.