I haven't written anything recently about the Cubs. Initially it was because I was discouraged with how the team was performing and all the injuries and recently I've just been too busy. Anyway, heading into the July 4th weekend series against the White Sox (which I'll be enjoying with family in Iowa) the Cubs are holding their own, second place in the division 3 games behind the Cardinals.
The Cubs had a good stretch in June winning 9 of 10 against their stiffest competition of the season (Angels, A's, Astros) and going 15-12 for the month. Add to that the fact that both Mark Prior and Sammy Sosa returned from injuries and there is good reason to be optimistic. What is most pleasing for Cubs fans, however, is:
Kerry Wood will make a start at Iowa next week and then they may be back to full strength. I'd still like to see the Cubs find a shortstop who can hit a little so they don't have to play Rey Ordonez. They could also move Grudz to short since Walker's bat is missed when he's out of the lineup.
One of the interesting aspects of this season is that the Cubs will be finished playing the Cardinals before the end of July and the Astros by the end of August. That means that games against Milwaukee, Pittsburg, Cincinnati, Florida, and the Mets in August and September will tell the tale for the Cubs.