On the northside of Chicago, fans get excited about things like winning 3 of 4 games. The problem is these are not playoff games and this is May. We take what we can get on the northside.
The Chicago Cubs however, have won 3 of the last 4 and will look to build on that - and close in on the NL Central in the process, as they hit the road to face both the Milwaukee Brewers (3 games) and St. Louis Cardinals (2 games). All of these division battles that could possibly see the Cubs in the thick of things after it is all said and done. Moving up the standings with wins against St. Louis (20-11) and distancing themselves from the bottom with wins over the Brewers (13-18). The Cubs are currently 7 games back from the Cards in the Central Division and 5 1/2 games back of a wildcard opportunity.
Alas, the light in the middle of the tunnel.
Let's not get carried away, the Cubs are still 13-18, good for last in the Central. However this turnaround can be contributed to an on-the-field leadership that has translated to both sides of the plate. Starting with Bryan LaHair, who leads the Cubs and 4th in the majors in batting average (.384), and leads the major league in on-base percentage (.476), third in slugging (.767), and ninth in home runs (8). The resurgent resemblance of an offense - 11 runs scored in past 4 games while allowing only 7.
Once again, I must state the Cubs are at the bottom of the National League, but something can be said about the way they've played in the last 4 games. If this is a sign of things to come, I like what I see. Now if the Cubs can only get the bullpen situation under control.
Kerry Wood appears to be on the mend after suffering another shoulder setback, Carlos Marmol did everything in his power to lose the closers role by blowing saves just as quick as he entered them. So that leaves a committee of unproven talent, and as Cubs Den reports, a host of others waiting to break into the Cubs 40-man roster.
"As I See It", The direction of the Cubs heading into the All-Star break and beyond solely relies on what production comes from this road trip.