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Cubs' learning curve gets a little sharper

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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.

With 40 percent of their rotation (Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner) on the disabled list, the Cubs are trying to hang close.

"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."

Several Cubs are under-performing on offense. Most notably, third baseman Aramis Ramirez has not hit a home run since April 6, and first baseman Carlos Pena is batting .198.

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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