The Chicago Cubs are 35-36. ; The Chicago White Sox are 36-38. ; Both teams are flirting with the .500 mark as we get closer to the half-way mark of the season. ; Unless these teams are can go ;into after-drive and put the pedal to the metal, it is likely that these team will finish near the .500 mark. ; The Cubs had a thrilling homestand and won some games with pulsating finishes. ; Then they go on the road and make the Detroit Tigers look like world-beaters. ; In one game, the Cubs have a one run lead late, but ;their closer gives up a 2 run homer in the last of 9th to win the game for Detroit.
Good closers don't give up game winning home runs to lose the game. ; Unfortunately, Marmol is the set up man and putting him in is like watching a chopped tree tottering before it falls. ; You never know how it's going to work out. ; Some days he looks great striking out the side. Other days it could a hit batter, a wild pitch, a walk, a single, and game on the brink. ; This is after the Cubs have scored 4 runs on 9 hits to tie a game. ; Last season, the game would have been over.