Cubs can compete, but not at status quo

Updated: July 17, 2003, 8:16 AM ET
By Jim Baker
Due to the fortunes of geography, the Cubs -- the team with the 11th-best record in the National League -- can still realistically consider themselves a viable contender for the National League Central title. What has to happen for them to win the division?

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