The Cubs are officially half way through the schedule at 49-32 and the best winning percentage in baseball, albeit a fraction over the Red Sox. A few weeks ago we were on pace for 108 wins, now 98 wins. Last year the Indians and Red Sox had the most wins with 96 and the D'Backs had the best record in the NL with 90 wins.
As it stands right now the three best records in the NL can be found in the Central. The D'Backs are failing but I still believe they will hold on to win the West and be a formidalbe foe in the playoffs. I would believe the Philles should hold on the East and the Marlins will fade but get a good push from the Mets as they seem to have righted the ship with a new manager. You can never count out a Bobby Cox team but I don't think they can compete with the Phillies.
The wild card seemingly should come from the Central which is becoming a great three team race. We have 12 games left with the Cards and 10 with the Brewers. Those 22 games will go a long way in determining the NL Central Champion.
I know we are in a little funk right now but be glad we have a lead. We are the deepest team in the NL and once healthy we'll continue. I like the fact we have had mini-stars thoughout series this year. Soto is probably our biggest surprise. Fukudome has done a lot for our team. As soon as you think DLee struggles, he goes 5-5. Aram has been clutch. DeRosa the all around "man". Our bench has been capable.....how does Fontenot hit any homeruns is beyond me! Edmonds is looking like the key pickup (so far). Pitching, especially relief pitching , has been solid (view the whole season, not the last week). I give Lou a lot of credit and Gerald Perry.
There is a lot more that can be said about our season so far and a lot left to be said. Can we hold on....will we acquire the player to push us into the world series.....can our pitching hold out.....can Johnson/Edmonds be good enough in center.....will Soto tire....will Wood-Marmol hold up? Still a lot of questions, but so far this has been a great ride.
Discussion point after our half way point is to look in your crystal ball and give us your opinion on how this race will finish. Can we finish with 98 wins and win the central.....will the Brewers or Cardinals be the wild card or will that be our fate? All in all it's been a great first half, now let's get back to winning before we come home on July 8 and go into the all-star break with a healthy team set for a great finish!