Friday, July 17, 2009

Lilly's arm, Theriot's bat keeps Cubs in contention at midpoint of season

by Meghan Montemurro,

Somehow, despite injuries (including the fluke variety ... just the Cubbies' luck) and a terribly inconsistent offense which ranks 27th in total runs scored in the majors, the Chicago Cubs are only 3.5 games behind the Central Division-leading St. Louis Cardinals and 2.5 behind the Milwaukee Brewers.

Still, the Cubs sit only at .500 (43-43) at the break. While some franchises can consider this a success, Chicago features a big-name, big-money lineup - Alfonso Soriano, Derrek Lee, Milton Bradley and Aramis Ramirez - that only looks good on paper.

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