After the first month of the season it was looking rather obvious that the Cubs were going to have a difficult time contending for a playoff spot in the National League. Then the injuries started to happen. Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner were already on the disabled list, and they were joined by Geovany Soto, Marlon Byrd, Jeff Baker, Alfonso Soriano, Reed Johnson, Matt Garza, and Carlos Zambrano at different points of the season. After all the injuries and disappointing play, the Cubs are 17 games below the .500 mark, signaling that any chance they have of making the playoffs have been eliminated.
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