Has any division in history looked so bad for so long?
Games played since May 28th:
CIN 27-30 .473
STL 26-30 .464
CUB 26-31 .456
HOU 25-31 .446
MIL 25-33 .431
PIT 24-34 .414
Over a whole season .473 = 77-85. That's for your 'best' team.
And this division might send two teams to the playoffs.
The Cubs have played as well as anyone in the division for more than two months now:
They were 13.5 GB on May 28.
They are 14 GB now.
The Cubs may be bad, but bad is a relative term in this neighborhood. 'Bad' is the new 'average'.
Bottom line: It's not going to take an overhaul for the Cubs to win the NLC in '07.