In baseball, teams can get lucky or unlucky in a single game here and there, so one of the best ways to measure a team is by run differential, or the number of runs they are outscoring their opponents by overall. Using that measure, the Chicago Cubs are doing things on the scoreboard that are unheard of.
Through 30 games, the Cubs have outscored their opponents by 102 runs on their way to a 24-6 record. No other team this season has outscored its opponents by more than 44 runs. To put that in perspective, the Cubs are outscoring their opponents by 3.4 runs a game. The 1927 Yankees, one of the greatest teams ever, outscored their opponents by 2.4 runs a game.
If the Cubs can keep up this pace, they will outscore their opponents this season by 551 runs, or about 140 runs more than any team in the past 25 years. Presumably, the Cubs will slow down, but they are so far ahead of the pace now that they will still most likely wind up as the greatest regular-season team of the past quarter-century.
- Cork Gaines/Business Insider