Since there hasn't been much to discuss here in the past month no need to post anything, but once. As of June the Cubs have really fallen back in the Central. At 21-42 there has been very little to get excited about. For good measure and to salvage another series Chicago avoided the swept against the Tigers, but lost yesterday 5-3 at Wrigley. Darwin Barney had a nice RBI double off the left field wall to plate a run. A new prospect was called up from Triple-A Iowa, Luis Valbuena who went 0-for-3 with an RBI groundout. An injury to Ian Stewart sent him to the 15-day DL as the lineup scrambles to find a solution to extra offense. Dave Sveum has tried different combinations with the outfield, used pinch runners at times yet doesn't seem to have a set everyday lineup.
Despite their record the Cubs are getting experience for their young prospects fresh out of the minors like Travis Wood who pitched Thursday and gave up 8 hits and 3 earned runs which is decent. Still with the starting pitching varying (exemption here is Ryan Dempster) with their output there are no trades being made by the Cubs. Offense is stifling to watch most of the time and really needs a tune up with another veteran, top position player with a few other good supporting bench players. If not it's going to be a long summer in Wrigleyville. Fans aren't going to like it by August, seeing how the standings are shaping up. Though coming up this weekend it looks to be a fun series with the Red Sox to resume Interleague Play. Run production will be key again to who will take the series.