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Cubs In Need Of Some Help

By: Mitch Heun

The trade deadline has come and gone without any major moves from the Cubs. They will press on toward October with the same lineup, hoping that many everyday players snap out of their slumps. Milton Bradley appeared to find a groove in Colorado, but sat out today's game against Pittsburgh. This may have stemmed from a fly ball he tracked down against the Phillies, where he appeared to strain his leg. Along with that, the injuries continue to pile up, with Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Zambrano taking time off. 

If the Cubs are going make any sort of move on the Cardinals, it's going to take some help from teams throughout the National League. Oh, and of course some consistent winning. The Cardinals' toughest series will come next week in L.A., but other than that they will finish the month with the struggling Padres, Nationals and Astros. If the Cubs can maintain a decent striking distance until mid September (3 games or less), the Cardinals will face a tougher portion of their schedule. 

The Cardinals will host Atlanta and Florida in mid-September, two teams that could be vying for both a division title or wild-card spot, and have been red hot as of late. During this time, the Cubs will host Cincinnati and Milwaukee, two teams they have played well within their division. It's after these two series that the Cubs could head to St. Louis with an opportunity to control their own divisional fate. 

Until then, consistent winning will be essential. The Cubs will have to use today's performance against the Pirates as a spring board from two terrible series where they went 1-6. A big four game series in L.A. will also be crucial to any shot they have to by-pass the Cardinals. The North Siders just may need a little extra luck the rest of the season...


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