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Hibernating Cubs

Will Chicago wake up before October?
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NO TEAM has won the World Series two years in a row since the Yankees in 1999 and 2000, the longest drought ever. On the heels of their first title since 1908, the Cubs became just the fourth defending champ this century to enter the All-Star break with a losing record. Despite reaching 46--45 by sweeping the Orioles over the weekend—newly acquired lefty José Quintana delivered a 12-strikeout gem in Sunday's 8--0 win—Chicago is on pace to be the fifth straight title team to miss the postseason one year later.

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TEAM

RECORD AFTER 91 GAMES

FINAL RECORD

WIN CHANGE FROM PREV. YEAR

2013 Giants

41--50

76--86

-18

2014 Red Sox

40--51

71--91

-26

2015 Giants

48--43

84--78

-4

2016 Royals

46--45

81--81

-14

2017 Cubs

46--45

82--80*

-21*

* Projected finish