Do you believe in miracles? YES!
You had to go all the way back to 1966 to find the last Cubs team to make it this deep into the season without a measly three-game winning streak, but after three games at home against the absolutely horrendous Astros--who are on pace to win 53 games--the Cubs' first true winning streak of the season is in the books. Enjoy having the first overall draft pick next year, Astros! Suckers!
The Cubs are 5-5 since the break.
Ryno of the Week: Outside of Carlos Beltran, Aramis Ramirez would be the most coveted hitter at this year's trade deadline--that is, if he weren't insisting that he will nix any trade offer. Since the break, Ramirez leads the Cubs in hits, doubles, home runs, RBI and total bases. He's on pace for 29 home runs and 95 RBI this season.
Honorable mention: Matt Garza, who probably wants to demand a trade of his own after allowing just three runs in three starts since the break but having no wins to show for it. Six times this season he has left with the lead but failed to get a win.
Goat of the Week: Of course the guy who wasn't even aware he had a no-trade clause in his contract and says he would happily accept a trade is hitting miserably: Alfonso Soriano is a dreadful 4-for-32 (.125) since the break. If his albatross of a contract doesn't make him untradeable, his bat does.
Dishonorable mention: Carlos Marmol, who since the break has no saves, eight walks in 4.1 IP, and a 12.46 ERA.