Are Cubs’ struggles usual World Series hangover … or something more?

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Updated: April 21, 2017

7:45 AM ET

CHICAGO — So how do you like the roller coaster so far?

The Chicago Cubs have had an up-and-down — and sometimes dramatic — start to 2017 as they head out on the road for the final nine games of April while sporting an 8-7 record. Don’t be surprised if they return from their trip right about where they are now. Recent history tells us that reigning champions don’t always get off to dominant starts.