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Star of the Game – Alfonso Soriano – .180 (WPA)


The Cubs ended the month of May on a high note running their current win streak to five games behind the starting effort of Matt Garza. It certainly feels like the tide is turning and things are beginning to get better. After all, take a look at the records so far each month.

April: 10-16

May: 13-14

There is improvement there, for sure. I said at the beginning of the season that I felt like a realistic goal to shoot for this year was a .500 record. Coming off a dreadful season last year, it was ambitious, but attainable. The month of May shows that I’m right, albeit a small sample size, but what changed from April to May?

It’s hard to say for sure, but there have certainly been things worthy of praising, but there is a lot of improvement that still needs to take place, particularly from the offensive stars in this lineup.

I’d like to think that by the end of July, this team can be at .500. It will be interesting to watch.

GAME NOTES

  • The current five game win streak is the longest for the Cubs since 2011
  • The umpire crew had the unenviable job of working the Royals / Cardinals affair that ended at 3:14am.
  • Friday’s announced attendance of 24,645 was the lowest of the season
  • Scott Hairston’s grand slam was the second in the last two days for the Cubs after Travis Wood hit one yesterday against the Sox.

Jeff Samardzija gets the chance to take the bump tomorrow against Ian Kennedy in an effort to win the series with the Diamondbacks and run the streak to six. He’s coming off his masterful performance against the White Sox so hopefully there is no letdown there.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail