Wade Davis

Despite so-so record, no one counting Cubs out heading into second half

Despite so-so record, no one counting Cubs out heading into second half

After losing a draining, seven-game World Series to the Cubs last year, the Indians got off to a slow start in 2017 and had people scratching their heads.

Adding slugger Edwin Encarnacion to an already potent lineup was supposed to ensure a fast lane to the division title, yet they were only 31-31 in mid-June.

Fortunately, the Indians were playing in the American League Central, and only had to pass the Twins, who clearly were playing over their heads. They eventually got a hot streak going and went into the All-Star break at 47-40 with a 2 1/2-game lead.

So there is hope for the Cubs, who also went through a draining seven-game World Series and got off to a slow start...

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