It's hard to find a sense of optimism as a Cubs fan right now

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It's June 8. We're more than a third of the way through the regular season and we're past the point of talking about how it's still early in the year. The time to right the ship is at hand and, barring a lengthy winning streak, the Chicago Cubs may very well be sellers for a third straight summer.

Entering Thursday's series finale against the Angels looking to avoid a sweep and a fourth consecutive loss, the Cubs are spinning in circles. Justin Steele and Cody Bellinger are both sidelined with injuries and, although worst-case scenarios seem to have been avoided in both instances, the clock is ticking on this year's team.

NL Cy Young candidate Marcus Stroman has expressed a desire to spend the rest of his career with the Cubs but given he may be the most valuable starting pitcher available, Jed Hoyer and Carter Hawkins may have no choice but to shop him to sellers around the league.

This was supposed to be a painful, but short, re-tooling - not the same lengthy top-to-bottom overhaul we all experienced a decade ago. Yet the team's performance in year 3 in both rebuilds have produced eerily similar results as far as the team's record goes and, at the end of the day, that's what really matters: results.

Cubs fans are all too familiar with how this feels at this point

The rose-colored glasses view we all donned prior to the season when it comes to the farm system and prospects have some cracks in them at this point. Outfield prospect Brennen Davis is back on the IL and even when he's been on the field, he hasn't lived up to the hype that once surrounded him. Caleb Kilian has continued to struggle with Iowa, as well, which hasn't helped matters either.

Virtualy all of Chicago's offseason pick-ups have fallen short of expectations, including Brad Boxberger, Michael Fulmer, Tucker Barnhart, Trey Mancini and Jameson Taillon. Really, the main additions that have performed have been Cody Bellinger - and he's been sidelined with a knee injury for a couple weeks now - and Dansby Swanson, who's looking like an All-Star.

This ownership group isn't giving Shohei Ohtani a half-billion dollars this winter, despite desperately lacking star power. This roster is riddled with holes and the prospect pipeline, while dramatically improved and promising, doesn't have a solve for every question.

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On pace for 90+ losses isn't where we though the Cubs would be at this point. But barring a sudden course correction, Chicago looks to be ticketed for another midseason sell-off, a losing campaign and a winter where we're left wondering how the front office will get this turned around.