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Yes, they are only two games out at last. No, they will not make the playoffs this year.
Issue No.1 for the Cubbies: Milton Bradley is a cry-baby. Coming off a great season with the Rangers the joke has only hit .239 and has more issues than he does hits. Oh my, he is no help at this point.
Issue No. 2 is Geovany Soto, what happened to the All-Star catcher? His last game was July 6, and at that point he was only batting .230.
Issue No. 3 is no starter is hitting over .297 (Theriot) and 18 homers (Derek Lee).
Neither number is exactly a high average, so now you need a good pitching core, right?
Last year Carlos Zambrano went 14-6, this year he is 6-4 so far. He isn't exactly on his usual course, and he has just as many blowouts as he used to have.
Ted Lilly has done well with a 9-7 record and a 3.59 ERA (its higher than Carlos though). He has 107 K's and leads the team in most factories, mostly because no one else is really shining.
Meanwhile Kevin Gregg, the Cubs closer, is only 18 for 21 in save chances and has a ERA of 3.25. The bullpen isn't great, and in such a division they can't make it.
My last issue with this team, there is no fire in Lou Pinella these days. He seems calmer and collected, but that isn't they need out of him! Someone get a flame or else he can't lead this team.
The Cubs will be the biggest team to fall before October, but it will not happen as fast as the Blue Jays. No, they will be a steady fall until all of the sudden they lost three or four straight and everyone realizes they are out of it.
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