Four Cubs storylines for second half

July, 9, 2012
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Greenberg By Jon Greenberg
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- At Cubs Convention, this is what team president Theo Epstein said about competing in his first season as designated savior:

"If we stay healthy, and one or two or three or four of the players we have actually take a big developmental step forward, I think you might look up and be surprised in the middle of the summer," he said.

On Opening Day, this is what team chairman Tom Ricketts said about his team's chances:

"The fact is, I think this is a very compelling team," he said. "People are going to enjoy watching these guys play."

Are you surprised in a good way? Compelled? Have you enjoyed the first half of the "crap show," I mean the 2012 season?

Read the entire story.

Jon Greenberg

Columnist, ESPNChicago.com
Jon Greenberg is a columnist for ESPNChicago.com. He has lived and worked in Chicago since 2003, and is a graduate of Ohio University and the University of Chicago.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Emilio Bonifacio
BA HR RBI R
.366 0 2 12
OTHER LEADERS
HRW. Castillo 3
RBIS. Castro 9
RE. Bonifacio 12
OPSA. Rizzo .948
WJ. Hammel 2
ERAJ. Samardzija 1.29
SOJ. Samardzija 22