As Dodgers fans nervously sweat out September, counting down the days and anxious about whether the greatest collapse in baseball history really is happening, the Dodgers are not the only team putting their fans on edge.
The Dodgers should clinch a playoff spot any day now. The Chicago Cubs might see October from the comfort of their couches.
The Cubs were not a Cinderella champion last year. When they won the World Series, they did so with a young and presumably rising core: Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward are 28, Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras are 25, Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber are 24, and Addison Russell is 23.
The Cubs won the National League Central by 17 1/2...