The Cubs are so good they are even getting production out of a player who's been sidelined since April.
Kyle Schwarber tore his ACL and LCL in an outfield collision with Dexter Fowler during Chicago's second game of the season. After the 23-year-old posted 16 home runs and 43 RBI in 69 games in 2015 (and had five home runs in nine postseason games), the injury was a blow to one of 2016's most hyped teams.
Well, the Cubs overcame it. On Thursday night, the North Siders clinched their first NL Central title since 2008. At 11:58 p.m. CT, the Cubs celebrated on Twitter with a hype video narrated by Schwarber.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 16, 2016
"Maybe this October, if we fly it high enough and loud enough and proud enough, well, you get the idea," Schwarber says, in reference to the Cubs' win flag.
Of course, the Cubs have not been to the World Series since 1945 and have not won a title since 1908. The Lovable Losers are the first team to clinch a playoff spot this season, and Theo Epstein has broken one curse already in his career. The Billy Goat Curse may be next on his list.
If not this year, maybe next year. The Cubs should have a similar roster, plus the return of Schwarber.
-- Follow Jeffrey Eisenband on Twitter @JeffEisenband.