Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets preview, Sunday 6/23, 1:20 CT

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Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets preview, Sunday 6/23, 1:20 CT
Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets preview, Sunday 6/23, 1:20 CT

Once upon a time there was a Cubs team. And it played very badly for a period of time, during which it won five games and lost 15, including three losing streaks of at least four games. It was outscored 123-88 during that stretch. Surely you are thinking that must be one of the bad Cubs teams in the first years of the Theo Epstein regime. Or a lousy team from the 1950s. But you know I wouldn't be telling you this if I didn't have a point. That was the World Series champion 2016 Cubs, from June 20 through July 9. They looked like the worst team in baseball for three weeks, yet wound up winning the N.L. Central by 17½ games — and even with that -35 run differential over that three-week period,

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