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The Cubs are at current 37-53. The big series which most fans await is set this weekend against the Cardinals in St. Louis. With good patience and timely hitting Chicago can take this series also against a not so potent rival which doesn't possess any great pitching right now. Dave Sveum and his coaching staff may want to select offensive options for hit-and- runs and sacrifice bunts to get the wheels rolling for team blue's advantage. With a more balanced starting rotation and a few new faces in the bullpen Chicago can muster up to a serious challenge against their nemesis.
With trade talks swirling around about Ryan Dempster leaving, the Cubs better get the best available top hitter if not another starter for their trouble. Knowing how one area offsets another with this club it may be best to leave him off the table for a while. After the St. Louis series the men in blue travel to Pittsburgh to combat the Pirates for 3 games. Best of luck on their efforts there, go Cubs!