Hunt For A Wild Card Continues For The Cubs

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Coming off a 3-0 shellacking over the St. Louis Cardinals and an outstanding effort by Edwin Jackson, the Chicago Cubs tried to continue their winning ways but lost a close one 3-2 yesterday.

The Cubs are playing good ball these days and Starlin Castro has turned a corner and stepped it up in the last couple of games going 2 for 3 yesterday. He also got a home run.

“I feel aggressive and feel like I trust myself and good things will be happening,” Starlin Castro said. “You just let your talent do its job and keep working. It’s frustrating sometimes because you’re working hard and the things that are supposed to happen don’t happen. It’s hard.”

Carlos Villanueva gave it his sixth quality start of the season and continued to be an anchor in the bullpen. He got rid of the last 12 batters.

So, the Cubs chances for a Wild Card spot is slipping away, but they do have a chance at .500 ball. Is it possible?

“Obviously it’s realistic. We’re only nine games away from it right now,” manager Dale Sveum said. “It takes sometimes a couple of weeks to roll off a really, really good streak. We can do that with the starting pitching we have.”

Now, if guys like Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo and Alfonso Soriano can keep it up, I don’t see any reason why they can’t do it. There’s a lot of pop on this team and exciting times ahead with the Cubs after they made it official by signing top pick, Kris Bryant.

“This has been a dream of mine and I’m very happy to be a Cub,” Bryant said.

I hope he’ll get there soon, but baseball tends to move their players through the process slowly and I can’t blame them, but I do feel teams should put draft picks and prospects up to the big leagues every now and then so they can get more of a feel of the game. They do it in hockey so why not baseball?

In any case, great times ahead for the Cubs and Matt Garza looks to lead the Cubs into the right direction as he and the Cubs continue the series with the Cardinals today. Game time is 8:05 eastern.

–Mark

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