Everyone and their mother puts these out nowadays, here's a collection of where the Cubs stand against the rest of the league. The 'oldest' of the week is first...
SCOUT (May 5)
15. CUBS - "The message was to relax and play. You're going to get a paycheck whether you win or lose. Your wife's going to love you. The dog is going to bark when you come home. It's supposed to be fun. And if you get beat, go out there and do the same thing the next day." -- Manager Lou Piniella on what he said he told his players in a recent post-game meeting.
TSN.ca (May 7)
6. CUBS - The Cubs have won five in a row and they're still waiting for Alfonso Soriano (two home runs, two stolen bases) to show up.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (May 7)
15. CUBS - I don't want to pat myself on the back, but since no one else will ... I said last week the Cubs would be over .500 by now. After a five-game win streak, they are. Lou Piniella still has a lot of lineup tweaking to do. This is still very much a work in progress. But the Cubs are progressing.
CBS SPORTSLINE (May 8)
16. CUBS - OK, so we were a little harsh on them of late. But, hey, Cubbie fans, take it easy. That was the Pirates and Nationals last week, not the Mets or even the Brewers. Welcome back to mediocrity, though.
FOX SPORTS (May 9)
15. CUBS - The Cubs are on the verge of being two games over .500 for the first time since early May of 2006. More good news: Angel Guzman, despite a 12.19 ERA at AAA-Iowa this year, held the Nats to one run in five innings of work on Sunday. The Cubs have been scrambling for a fifth starter all year, so this is an encouraging turn of events.
ESPN (May 10)
8. CUBS - The Cubs' pitching staff has a 2.73 ERA this month; opponents are batting just .224 BAA.