Don’t look now, but the Chicago Cubs are crushing their competition

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After a slow start to the year, the Chicago Cubs are firing on all cylinders, winners of seven straight heading into a matchup with the lowly Miami Marlins.

I’ll admit, I woke up with a little extra pep in my step this morning after the Chicago Cubs dispatched of the rival St. Louis Cardinals with relative ease for the third-straight time Sunday night.

Over the course of the three-game series, Chicago outscored St. Louis by a lopsided 23-to-10 margin, including a 13-5 win in Sunday’s finale at Wrigley Field. This is a team that’s clearly firing on all cylinders, erasing all memories of a start that had them teetering on the edge of disaster two weeks into the season.

Now, the Cubs enter a three-game series against the Miami Marlins at 19-12. Outside of Yu Darvish, the pitching staff has been superb and there are signs that guys like Kris Bryant are starting to figure things out at the plate.

Given the team’s recent hot spell, having the 2016 NL MVP go on a tear at the dish could take this team from very, very good to downright lethal. Really, the timing couldn’t be much better for such a spell with the division rival Milwaukee Brewers coming to Wrigley this weekend.