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The Cubs are back in first place, where they belong

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Jun 11, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) hits a solo home run in the eleventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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I’m back after missing out on Monday due to some power problems at home. But the good news is that the Cubs keep winning, taking 2-of-3 with the Pirates and winning Game 1 of a three-game set in Milwaukee. The latter victory vaults the Cubs into first place for the first time by themselves since 4/30. Jose Quintana was solid, while the offense did just enough to get it into extra innings. They pushed across five runs to win 7-2 in 11 innings, including an Anthony Rizzo home run.

What has happened to Kris Bryant lately? I’ll talk about that briefly, as well as why the Cubs’ latest surge in the standings is coming at just the right time. They can’t afford to let the Brewers get away from them like they did last season. Also, how fun would a Cubs-Brewers or Cubs-Cardinals postseason series be in 2018? I finished out by updating the standings and noting which team currently has the best record in the National League.

Ryan is a husband, father, graduate of Penn State University, and a full-time sports writer. He has seen his work published or linked by the Chicago Tribune, Sports on Earth, MLB.com, Baseball Prospectus, and several others. Ryan currently writes for FanRagSports, The Sporting News, and The Cheat Sheet. You can follow him on twitter at @RyanQDavis.

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  1. Dave

    June 12, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    The current Cubs are an aberration. They have won 1 World Series in a century. And now someone says they belong in first place? it will probably be another 100 years before they win Another World Series. So please stop with this the Cubs are perennial winners talk because they are destined to become lovable losers again

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Cubs lose a frustrating game to the Brewers

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Sep 3, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Cubs pitcher Cole Hamels (35) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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June 26, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Javier Baez (9) rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam home run in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Cubs win in Atlanta, but lose Jason Heyward to injury

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Aug 30, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez (9) reacts center fielder Albert Almora Jr. (5) after making a catch against the Atlanta Braves during the ninth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy -USA TODAY Sports
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