Despite a 1-7 record and a 6.11 ERA, Edwin Jackson isn't in jeopardy of losing his spot in the rotation, but manager Dale Sveum didn't exactly take the heat off his high-priced starter.
After Thursday's loss to the Pirates, the Cubs are looking up at everyone in the division and depart for a trip that could measure how far they still have to go to compete in the National League Central.
Some stats indicate the Cubs should have a better record than their 18-27 start, but Dale Sveum and Co. know there's no quick fixes. Top prospects like Javier Baez are still years away from "The Show."
The Cubs are finally getting to see what an improved Jeff Samardzija and healthy Matt Garza can do together, but now the question lingers: How long will it last?
The Cubs' wild ride of a season in their bullpen continued Wednesday when Shawn Camp was put on the disabled list with a sprained right big toe, an injury the team never knew about.