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The Cubs Flirted With Success. The Yankees Define It.

Chicago’s inability to maintain momentum after its 2016 championship underscores how unusual the Yankees’ consistency is: They are on their way to a 30th straight winning season.

Alec Mills and the Cubs had no answer for Matt Carpenter, who hit two home runs and drove in seven as the Yankees crushed Chicago on Sunday.Credit...Mary Altaffer/Associated Press

David Ross has won the World Series twice since the last time the Yankees got there, in 2009. Both his championship teams were big spenders in big markets — first the Boston Red Sox and then the Chicago Cubs.