The first obvious trend is a team since May 7th (5 weeks ago) when the Cubs experienced their worst loss of the season, (9-0) on the road in Cincinnati, there by being (19-15) have played into a hot streak going 24-9 (.722), now (43-24), gaining 15 games on the .500 mark.
In that period they experienced a nice 9-game win streak and also broke an, obscure but telling team record, of 25-straight games where they once held a lead during agame, they were 19-6 (.760). They are now on a mini 4-game streak, where they started this trend with a mini-4-gamer with one 3-gamer also included in this stretch. One other note the Cubs are 12-4 against opposition that could be considered contenders; D-backs, Dodgers, Braves and Astros. They are also an almost unprecedented 18-2 at home, while being 6-7 on the road. (Remember one could say at least one and possibly two of those road losses in Pittsburgh were due to two defensive miscue's, one that was simply almost unforgivable in Soriano's dropped fly ball out to end the game.)
In those 24 wins the Cubs have scored 146 runs (6.08 per game) to the opposition's 76 runs (3.16). In their nine losses the Cubs have scored 27 runs (3 runs per game), while allowing 41 runs (4.55) per game. All told during this stretch the Cubs scored 173 runs to the opposition's 117. Now what will the trend be with Soriano out for 5-6 weeks? This will be a crossroad in the season, the Cubs are now 1-0, scoring 2 runs but giving up 1, it will be something to watch over the next 33-38 games.
The other trend is a player; Jim Edmonds and may I repeat still possessing some deep seeded prejudice in this community. Since May 30th when it was reported he had made an adjustment in his stance Edmonds is 12-32 (.375 BA, .420 OBP) in 11 games, 8 of which he has started. He has scored 4 runs, 11 RBI's. It will be interesting to see if Jimbo completes a comeback month in his platoon situation as a part time Cub.