8/1 Not your grandfather's Cubs …
This is the third straight year the Cubs enter August within a game of first place. It’s the first time the team has been either in first or a game within first in three consecutive years since 1935 (second place, 1/2 game back), 1936 (first place) and ’37 (first place). That’s 70 plus years.
Other end of July tidbits:
* The 18-9 record in July was second best in the NL, trailing only the Phillies (20-7).
* The Cubs outscored their opponents by 36 runs in July. They totaled 36 homers and a .468 slugging percentage, both tops in the NL.
* Randy Wells finished the month 5-1 with a 3.23 ERA. In the last 80 years, only two other Cubs rookies have won five games in a calendar month. Elias Sports Bureau reports Hank Wyse won five in July 1943, and Bob Chipman won five in July 1944.
— Carrie Muskat