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Prediction: Cubs will finish strong

Forty wins in second half will have them falling short of a playoff berth

Originally Published: July 13, 2009
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

So it's the All-Star break, or it is when I'm writing this. And for the Cubs, the emphasis should be on break, vacation, respite -- not All-Star, because just a year after being represented by eight players and one Lou Piniella at Yankee Stadium, Ted Lilly stands alone at Busch Stadium.

The Cubs have been anything but All-Stars this season. In fact, a few of their stars, the everyday ones at the very least, have been as disappointing as any players in baseball. And it's not really ...

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