Note To Cubs Fans: Calm Down

D.A.Senior Writer IJune 20, 2009

CHICAGO - JUNE 18: Derrek Lee #25 of the Chicago Cubs is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run in the 8th inning against the Chicago White Sox on June 18, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the White Sox 6-5. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wow. Three consecutive come from behind wins. I give props to the Chicago Cubs. It is an impressive thing to do. They didn't give up. They've now been labelled the Comeback Cubs.

Cubs fans do have things to be excited about. Derek Lee looks fully rejuvenated. Milton Bradley and Geovany Soto are playing a lot better. Unlikely heroes are emerging each day as Soriano, Fukudome, and even Blanco had big roles to play. But Cubs fans, I ask you to calm down. The Cubs are not playing good baseball at all.

Do you honestly think that this is a good way of playing baseball? Getting to Kerry Wood (who is nowhere close to his All-Star caliber potential) twice in a row is not impressive. They will not be able to get to all of baseball's closers, especially the ones in their division (Trevor Hoffman, Ryan Franklin, Francisco Cordero), who all deserve spots on the National League All-Star team. The Cubs pitching staff that has been so good, has been so bad in these past three games.

The Cubs have gotten to two teams than they are better than talent-wise (the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians). They won the games that they should have won in the first place. Beating American League Central teams is not impressive. Being down late to these teams should have the Cubs disappointed, not excited. Now, comebacks are going to be expected to occur on a regular basis.

I do not like the Cubs, but I am speaking the truth. They are still only playing .500 baseball (17-17) in the National League Central. That includes a 6-9 record against Milwaukee and St. Louis. I ask you Cub fans, celebrate when you beat those teams. Then, and only then, should you be dancing, celebrating, and twittering of excellence. You can only advance if you do good in your division.