The Cubs and Astros are probably the top two stories in the MLB pennant race this season, but with five weeks still to play, neither has a stranglehold on a playoff spot.
Entering Monday, eight teams were within six games of the American League's final wild card spot.
It took the Cubs a grand total of two pitches to light up the scoreboard on Sunday, and they barely slowed their torrid pace all afternoon.
The noise for more protective netting at baseball games may only get louder after Sunday.
The Cubs’ five-game lead for the second wild card spot could, perhaps should, afford them a bit of leeway.