The Cubs are going to find out a lot about themselves during the current stretch of games they're playing.
After losing two of three to the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend in Chicago, the Cubs will welcome the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants to town.
After that, it's a trip to Cincinnati, Florida and Boston.
"Would like to be 30-3 or whatever," said manager Mike Quade, whose team is 15-18 and had Monday off. "But we're in the hunt. Without being too greedy, considering some of the inconsistencies, we're OK.
"I'd like to be better off a month and a half from now. We'll see."
Cubs pitchers are next-to-last in the National League in ERA. To a man, players say things will get better.
"We keep playing as hard as we're playing and guys keep working as hard as we're working, the results will turn around because we've been giving it everything we have every game," right-hander Ryan Dempster said.
"Good things will happen. We got a bunch of good guys working really hard."
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