Tap dancing on the ledge
Cub fans are fickle and live precarious lives.
Let's pretend that we don't know they've been playing like refried shiz the last week plus. Let's pretend that you woke up from a five-month coma this morning and discovered the following -
The Chicago Cubs have the best record in the National League. Shocked and awed, you do some research and uncover that they've achieved this best record in the National League despite the absence of Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Zambrano. Upon doing some deeper research, you also discover that the second and third place teams in the Central have better records than any other team in the rest of the league, and yet, the Cubs were on top of the heap.
You might be pretty excited to learn those figures. I know I would be.
And yet, we have realistic, caustic, honest Cub fans who say things like "we'll never win anything with this pitching rotation," or "there are too many holes/concerns for any series in October." Naturally, this is either ignoring or forgetting that no team is built to perfection, no team is without flaws, and no team is a sure-fire October winner.
I think it's a safe bet that, whether the Cubs are on pace to win 100 on July 31st or not, Jim Hendry will be burning up his cell phone minutes like the diligent GM he is. Perhaps they'll swing an Epic Trade for a Sabathia, or even a Burnett. Or, perhaps they'll settle for an Epic Fizzle, and land another Traschel.
Point is, we've yet to see the Cubs team that will march into October, assuming they get there, and I wouldn't be worried yet just because like every other team in baseball they are, from time to time, made to look useless.