Their 11-3 start is good for a .786 winning percentage and a 4.5-game lead in the NL Central. While the season isn't one-quarter done yet, the Cubs have put themselves in a strong position.
So what's been behind the hot start? Treating every day with the appropriate urgency, left-hander Jon Lester said after earning a win Tuesday.
"It's been more of that playoff scenario," Lester said. "We have been showing up every day paying a little bit more attention to detail. We have paid more attention to the scouting reports. You don't have that window (in a shortened season) to make a mistake. The big thing for us is energy. When we show up with the energy, you see a good product on the field."
Veteran second baseman Jason Kipnis joined the Cubs in the offseason and has been impressed with the team's attitude in his first season with the club.
"To keep the goal at the forefront for us, to keep this a fun environment, to keep us locked in," Kipnis said. "There have been a ton of times where its like, 'Oh, we're not going to finish the season.' Or, 'We're not going to be playing.' There just has to be that voice that says, 'Let's just lock in until they tell us we are not going to play. Let's stay the course and keep at it.'"
The last time the Cubs started 11-3 was 2016, when they ended their 108-year championship drought by winning the World Series. These realize their best chance to win another title is in the here and now.
"Our group has done some special things, but I think the key component is just having some experience and seeing what it's like to fail," Heyward said. "Understand that. Appreciate that and respect that. It's not easy to make the postseason. These are things that you can easily take for granted if you don't know what it's like to lose.
"I've seen the work we have put in. I've seen as a group what we have been through collectively. We've added some new faces. We've added some depth. We've added some veterans that have been around the game and have the hunger and eagerness to get to the postseason and do well in that."