The Cubs have played well enough early in the season to keep themselves in the race.
The top three in the rotation haven't hit a groove. And the Cubs power personnel hasn't hit the ball with authority yet. Their track record suggests that should change as the weather warms.
Manager Mike Quade is still looking for reliable pitching beyond his three back-end guys: Sean Marshall, Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol.
Jeff Samardzija took a big step in the right direction throwing three scoreless innings (and limiting his walks) against the Rockies. Despite a setback in Denver (which may have been due to illness), Marcos Mateo is close to becoming a trusted weapon in the pen.
The Cubs need that so they don't burn out arguably the biggest strength on the team.