Cubbies – Best team in baseball also enjoys the easiest travel

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The Chicago Cubs lost for the first time in 24 starts with Jake Arrieta on the mound Tuesday. The club’s ace did his part throwing seven innings of shutout ball but the bullpen conceded five runs in the game’s final two innings to fall to the Dodgers 5-0.

Don’t feel too bad for the Cubbies, sure Arrieta’s streak ended but just about everything else has gone right for the North Siders this season. Nearly a third of the way through the season the Cubs have the best record in baseball (35-15). Chicago has outscored opponents by a league leading 128 runs and is enjoying a comfy 6.5 game cushion in the NL Central.

What you might not know is that in addition to a talented roster, the Lovable Losers (as a Cardinals fan I preferred when this nickname was accurate) will travel the fewest miles in baseball.

Travel can be an underrated part of a 162 game schedule for MLB teams. When you are part of The Show you don’t fly commercial but it’s still a lot of miles and time.

Though not all travel is equal across the league.

Chicago will transverse this great nation of ours to the tune of 24,271 miles. That is almost half as many miles as Seattle (47,704 miles) will travel during the 2016 campaign. The difference in travel between the Cubs and Mariners is equivalent to Seattle flying from Los Angeles to New York nearly 20 additional times.

The Cubs often enjoy traveling the fewest miles in the majors. Being centrally located is a geographical advantage. One that could help the club win its first World Series since 1908.

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(Note: data is courtesy of MLB Advanced Media)

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