Yeah yeah, it's only April who cares about the standings?
As Joe Maddon has told us millions of times already, there will be losing streaks and ups and downs and yada yada.
I don't care.
It's just plain awesome right now.
Kris Bryant comes up with a couple guys on and takes a walk, I get overjoyed.
Right now the Cubs are 7th in the NL with 16 homers (Dodgers have 28).
But the Cubs are 5th in runs with 82, the best in the Central (Pirates have 79, Cards have 67).
The only time I dove into stats over the last 6 years has been to talk about something awful.
IT'S BEEN FOREVER SINCE WE WERE ABLE TO BE POSITIVE ABOUT STUFF THAT'S ACTUALLY HAPPENING IN THE BIG LEAGUES.
I'm talking about the standings in April.
As Bud pointed out in comments yesterday, the last 3 years the Cubs have been 5-12 and in last place.
Tonight, should the Cubs win and Cards lose, well then tomorrow we can call them the First Place Chicago Cubs (they'd be tied with the Cards at 12-7 each).
Unfortunately, the Cards are playing the Phillies, and the Phillies are starting a kid named Severino Gonzales in his Big League debut.
This article says this: "Gonzalez has pitched 415 innings in five minor-league seasons and posted a 2.99 ERA with 358 strikeouts and just 67 walks."
Who knows, maybe he'll be great.
The Cubs have Travis Wood vs the Pirates' Jeff Locke who beat the Cubs 5-4 last week.
And... I have a dirty secret I'll share with you.
If profanity offends you, please don't scroll down.
It's a t-shirt I made.
Not for sale, I just... have a different opinion of the goat nowadays.
If you see me wearing a white t-shirt under a layer at Wrigley, this is what it says: