To the North! Cubs and Cardinals

I just wanted to take a few moments to comment on the HUGE upcoming series between the Cubs and Cardinals.

It seems when you read things and watch tv that these are two teams headed in totally opposite directions: The Cardinals are dominating the division while the Cubs are languishing in mediocrity.

Yet, when you look at the standings and see that the Cubbies sit only 3 1/2 games behind the Cards, the picture starts to clear a bit.  In fact, when you consider the significant injuries the Cubs have suffered this season and the fact that they sport one of the worst offensive infields in the majors, the picture clears even more.

The Cubs are not as far off of winning their third straight division title as people may think.

Granted, the loss of Geovany Soto and Ryan Dempster the last few days doesn’t help, but Soto has been seemingly “lost” all season so far and Dempster has underachieved.

I think that the Cubs have alot of great baseball left in them and that it will manifest in the second half of the year.  The Cardinals have played some great baseball so far and stand only 3 1/2 games in front of the North Siders.

This is going to be a great series.  Consider that these two teams a big time rivals (one of the best in sports, in my opinion) and this is going to be some memorable baseball going into the break.

I’m ready for the game!

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2 comments

  1. crazy19canuck

    All it will take is a couple of guys to step it up and get the team going. There are a couple of guys in the club who could do a lot to help. Reed Johnson can. Fukudome could cause trouble if he awakens. Ryan Theriot…
    It’ll be someone who nobody noticed until now. It’s always like that. Enjoy the game!

  2. raysfanboy

    I’m afraid that the Cubs are a team with no real identity and no real leadership. Their performance varies from inspired to ridiculous and the guys they are expecting–and paying–to do well, such as Fuko and Soriano, are letting the team down each night.

    I think they have to just ride out the season, as you say, and see how their professionals start shaping up.
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