Chicago Cubs: Current stretch of schedule key in race for NL Central

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This stretch of seventeen games in seventeen days could well define the 2018 season for the Chicago Cubs as they seek another division crown.

Yes, I know what you are thinking, it is early. It is far too early to pay too much attention to specific stretches. Heck, the league is still collecting All-Star votes, so how could anyone honestly believe that a handful of June baseball games can matter all that much?

This is part of what makes baseball so great. As long as the season may be – and make no mistake, it is a marathon – these short sprints make all the difference.

The Cubs are entering such a sprint now, playing seventeen consecutive days without a scheduled day off. If they navigate these two-and-a-half weeks well, they’ll be in charge of their division. If they struggle, they’ll have work to do if they want a shot at a fourth straight NL Championship Series appearance.