Somehow, some way, the Chicago Cubs managed to pull off a three-game sweep over the New York Mets this week.
This was a great chance for the Mets to put some distance between themselves and the Atlanta Braves, who lost two to the San Francisco Giants this week.
But out of nowhere have come the Cubs to sweep one of the best teams in all of baseball.
The Mets have now dropped six out of their last 10 games and only lead the NL East by a half-game.
Meanwhile, the Cubs made some history, becoming the first team in baseball history to have 30 or fewer wins than their opponents entering a road series of at least three games and still manage to sweep the series, winning all games by at least three runs.
The @Cubs are the first team in MLB history to have 30+ fewer wins than their opponent entering a 3+ game road series and yet sweep the series winning every game by 3+ runs.
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) September 15, 2022
Cubs Make Surprising History
This is some unprecedented history.
It’s not the kind of history you want to be on the wrong side of.
But the Cubs are embracing their role as a potential spoiler down the stretch.
Their playoff hopes are pretty much dead at this point, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t surprise some people down the stretch and potentially ignite some hope for 2023.
For the Cubs, this was quite an impressive series, especially considering where they are in the standings and where the Mets are as well.
Even if there’s nothing left to play for, it still has to feel good for the Cubs to have done this.
The best thing you can do once you’re buried in the standings is to try and play some spoiler against contending ballclubs.
That’s what they did this week.
We’ll see if they’ve got some more tricks up their sleeve with a few weeks left in the season.