Aug 18, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) high fives Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez (9) after Baez
The Cubs picked up two games in the division this week, and had the best week of any team in the division. They opened by beating the Mets to cap off a four-game weekend series. They followed by taking 1-of-3 from the Giants and they capped the week by sweeping the first-place Baltimore Orioles in three games.
So if you are keeping track, the Cubs went 5-2 last week, even though they played a playoff contender in the Giants, and a division leader in the Orioles. The Cubs cut their deficit in the division from 16 games to 14 games, although at this point that number is meaningless as the Cubs would need about a dozen miracles to become contenders.
At 12-9 in August the Cubs are right up there with Milwaukee (13-10) and St. Louis (13-9) for the month.
The Cubs have a great chance to play spoiler this week. After a day-off on Monday they have a three-gamer with the Reds before a weekend series with the Cardinals.