Well, who said the Chicago Cubs could win them all? With ESPN in the house at Wrigley Field (including Erin Andrews in the Wrigley Field scoreboard) and only 4 MLB games on the slate for tonight, the Cubs had a chance to tie the idle Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the suddenly competitive NL Central race, but they ran into a buzzsaw named Cole Hamels and lost 4-1 tonight to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Cubs are still a game out of first, but lost a golden chance to move into a tie with the Milwaukee Brewers, who have been at the top of the standings for most of the season.
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The amazing thing about tonight’s loss is the sense that even though the Cubs lost, they are still making the move to the top of the division standings. Most years, one loss would prompt pending disaster from the Wrigleyville faithful, but not tonight, not this team, not this season. Even the lovely Erin Andrews was sporting a “It’s Gonna Happen” t-shirt while hanging in the Wrigley Field scoreboard during the game.
So July is ending and August begins the push to the playoffs. Do the Cubs have enough to get them there? Do they make a trade? I am thinking the Cubs stand pat, get RP Kerry Wood back in the bullpen, and make their run to the division title. There is a sense of confidence on this Cubs team that I have never seen before. It is time…..It’s Gonna Happen, you wait and see.