Chicago Cubs players high-fiving

The Chicago Cubs are 70-86 heading into the final stretch of the 2022 MLB season. However, had they played in the NL East, they might be the most dominant team in all of baseball.

While they struggled early in the season, the Cubs have dominated the teams they’ve played from the NL East, going 21-10 against the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, Washington Nationals, Miami Marlins, and Philadelphia Phillies. Considering two of those teams, the Braves and Mets, have over 90 wins and are both playoff squads, while the Phillies are in playoff contention as well, it’s pretty baffling.

They completed their weird dominance with a 2-0 victory over the Phillies on Thursday.

Naturally, the wild statistic has a lot of folks around the MLB world reacting.

It’s also the first time that the Cubs swept the season series from the Phillies, which is saying something since they’ve both existed since the 19th century.

Perhaps even crazier is that the Cubs had more wins over teams over .500 than every MLB team except the Mets.

It certainly makes you wonder what went wrong for Chicago this season that they weren’t able to capitalize on this. If nothing else, petitioning a move to the NL East should be the first step to figuring it all out.

[Meghan Montemurro]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to