Chicago Cubs are fortunate to find themselves in the hunt for October

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Chicago Cubs: Looking for some semblance of momentum

Chicago fell flat on their face out of the gate, going 2-7 to open the new campaign. The bullpen, the team’s most glaring weakness (one that was largely ignored during the offseason) was terrible during that stretch.

At the beginning of April, the Cubs were five games behind Milwaukee for the division lead. But the team caught fire at the end of the month and the run continued most of May.  During that stretch the club had pretty much everything going right for them: starting pitching was really good, the offense was hanging crooked numbers regularly and even the bullpen was terrific during that run.

Then June came and everything seemed to go wrong for the Cubs.  They actually started June off pretty good going 7-3 including a sweep of the Cardinals at the Friendly Confines. Then they went on a road trip to Colorado and LA and went 2-5 in those games. The Cubs had their first losing month since 2017 going 14-15 in the month of June. They actually had a positive run differential in June which is surprising considering the losing record.