Six out of 9 ain’t bad

The Cubs have now won their third straight series against a very good team, pulling to within only a half game of the Cardinals for second place. They certainly aren’t blowing anyone’s socks off, and Grudzielanek’s going down will hurt, but the Cubs do seem intent on staying in the hunt for a while longer yet.

Additionally, the Cubs’ destiny is to a great degree in their hands. They have 14 games against the Astros and Cardinals in August and early September, after which they play a string of sub-.500 teams to finish out the year. If the Cubs can win those series against the Astros and Cards it will be their division to lose in September.

And if they make the playoffs, with the strength of their starting pitching, anything can happen. Anything.

In other good news, the White Sox are still in second place.