The Cubs had an offensive identity over the first six weeks of the season. They slugged to the opposite field, displaying the approach preached by manager Joe Maddon all spring long. They made pitchers work, drew their walks and were on the attack.
And then that brand of offensive baseball went missing — except in sporadic, overwhelming bursts — for the better part of the past three months. On Wednesday night, the Cubs once again flexed their offensive potential, chasing Mets righty Noah Syndergaard after three innings and holding on for a 10-7 victory at Citi Field.