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Chicago Cubs: A sign of better things (June-July)
June looked a lot like May. The Cubs had a record of 11-15 in June. Losing a critical four-game series against the Reds in the opening weekend of June. However, they did shutout the Cardinals on April 14 as Hendricks pitched a complete game. He only gave up six hits, and one walks as he struck out nine, giving the Cubs a 4-0 win. The last day in June, the Cubs had shutout the Brewers 5-0, as Jharel Cotton gets his second win of the season.
Bryant improved his home run count to 16, but Contreras (15), Rizzo (14) are closing the gap. Contreras did take the led in RBI with 48. Rizzo does have the best batting average so far with a .319. At the end of June, the Cubs are 39-47 and are still sitting in third at 11 games back.
The All-Star game is drawing near as the Cubs finish 5-5 in their 10 games before the All-Star break. Splitting series with the White Sox, winning 2/3 against the Rays and Braves. Before the All-Star game, Rizzo has the 11th best batting average with .313, Jason Heyward is close by sitting at 16th with .309 average. Closing pitcher Winkler is sitting 10th with 22 saves in the league.
After the All-Star break, the Cubs went to work as they finished July with a 10-4 record. They swept the Cards in a four-game series in St. Louis. They also took 3/4 games against the Giants in San Francisco. The Cubs finished the month of July with a record of 54-56 and are still in third in the Central, but now are 14 games back as the Reds continue to dominate the Central division.