Expectations for the Chicago Cubs were very low coming into the season. If they place any higher than last in the National League Central that would probably be more than anyone expected. On Friday the Cubs extended their longest winning streak of the season to five games as the defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-2. With that win, the Cubs are now 3 1/2 games in front of the Milwaukee Brewers in fourth place in the division.
The last three days, home runs are what have powered the Cubs’ engine. On Wednesday it was three bombs by back up catcher Dioner Navarro, on Thursday it was a wind aided grand slam by pitcher Travis Wood, and today it was another granny, this time by utility man Scott Hairston.
This five game winning streak follows a six game skid in which they scored just 15 runs, and scoring runs is obviously the key when your pitching is less than stellar. In this current five game stretch the team is averaging 7.2 runs per game.
Many of these Cubs’ players are probably auditioning for other teams. Guys like Matt Garza, Hairston, David DeJesus and even Alfonso Soriano could be on their way to contenders as the trade deadline creeps closer and closer. The Cubs’ losing record is actually a bit of a blessing in this case because they don’t have any delusions of grandeur. They will have no problem deciding if they are in the race or not because they obviously aren’t. Now is the time to take advantage of other teams’ playoff dreams and trade away some veteran talent for some young players with a bright future.