The Cubs’ first winning month of the season, (16-13) in August, puts them in position to catch Pittsburgh for fourth place in the NL Central.
Of course that’s not going to save Mike Quade’s job or make the season any less miserable, but it would give Chicago a shred of respectability placing ahead of the always dreadful Pirates and the major’s worst club, Houston.
Reality finally settled in on Pittsburgh in mid July after reaching a season-high seven games above .500 to go along with the division lead as of July 19. But the Pirates have simply collapsed since posting a mark of (11-30).
They’re now 12-games sub .500, 18-games back of Milwaukee, and just three wins better than Chicago. A harsh reality, indeed.