One day after Aroldis Chapman officially arrived in Chicago after the big trade, the Chicago Cubs defeated their cross town rival Chicago White Sox to earn victory #60 on the season in 100 games. This was a fun game late, as the Cubs were getting no-hit for the longest time before the offense woke up again. Just like with the season, the game ebbed and flowed, but boy did it flow in a big way towards the end of the game.
So now, at 60-40, the Cubs are 20 games over .500 again, and maintaining a 6.5 game division lead while staying 1.5 games above their closest National League competitors for home field advantage. Once again, despite a really bad stretch of games as they came back down from their incredible pace to start the season, the Cubs remain the best in baseball by record, and after watching Jason Hammel‘s seven solid innings of work, I still feel good about the pitching, and now that the bats have woken up again, I’m pretty confident in this team’s ability to win more than they lose.
To reiterate for everyone who is skeptical, the Cubs are still on top despite some hard times, despite the Cardinals continuing to play well (and why wouldn’t they?), and despite a few guys going through some offensive struggles. The Cubs also have the largest division lead in baseball, as teams like the Giants and Nationals slump and watch their leads shrink. There are 62 games left and anything can happen, but I still think it’s going to turn out OK.