Chicago Struggling as Cubs, White Sox Boast MLB's Worst Records Over Last 7 Weeks

The Chicago Cubs have joined the Chicago White Sox at the bottom of the standings since April 27, as the two teams have the worst records in the NL and AL in that time.
Jun 5, 2024; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox center fielder Luis Robert Jr. (88) reacts after striking out against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning at Wrigley Field.
Jun 5, 2024; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox center fielder Luis Robert Jr. (88) reacts after striking out against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning at Wrigley Field. / Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Back on April 27, the Chicago White Sox had the worst record in all of baseball, fresh off a historically poor 4-22 start to the season.

The Chicago Cubs, meanwhile, were sitting just 0.5 games back of first place in the NL Central at 17-9.

In the 45 days since then, however, the Cubs have joined the White Sox as one of MLB's coldest clubs.

The Cubs own a 15-26 record since April 27, which is the worst of any NL team in that time. That includes the Miami Marlins and Colorado Rockies, who have been buried deep in last place in their respective divisions all season long.

The White Sox have technically improved on their winning percentage over the last seven weeks, but not to the point where they have come close to turning things around. The South Siders are 13-29 since April 27 – the worst record in the AL in that span.

Before this latest stretch blindsided both of Chicago's major league franchises, FanGraphs gave the Cubs a 64.5% chance to make the playoffs and a 31.5% chance to win the NL Central. The White Sox had gotten off to such a slow start that they were already given a 0.0% chance of reaching the postseason.

FanGraphs' latest projections now give the Cubs a 30.0% chance of earning a playoff berth and a 12.2% chance of claiming a division crown. The White Sox, naturally, are still out of the playoff picture entirely.

Each Chicago team has won a World Series this century, but they have combined for just three playoff appearances since 2019. At this pace, Chicago could go unrepresented in the MLB playoffs for the third year in a row.

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Sam Connon is a Staff Writer for Fastball on the Sports Illustrated/FanNation networks. He previously covered UCLA Athletics for Sports Illustrated/FanNation's All Bruins, 247Sports' Bruin Report Online, Rivals' Bruin Blitz, the Bleav Podcast Network and the Daily Bruin, with his work as a sports columnist receiving awards from the College Media Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Connon also wrote for Sports Illustrated/FanNation's New England Patriots site, Patriots Country, and he was on the Patriots and Boston Red Sox beats at Prime Time Sports Talk.