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Cubs rotation doing well; hitters aren't

Updated: April 11, 2012, 3:28 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
The Chicago Cubs are 1-2, but with a few timely hits, they easily could be entering Monday's home game with the Milwaukee Brewers on ESPN and ESPN3 undefeated. Cubs starting pitchers certainly got it done the first weekend, as Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza and Jeff Samardzija each delivered quality starts, combining to post a 1.61 ERA and more strikeouts than innings pitched. The offense didn't help much, batting .224 with nary a home run, but hey, it's early.

The Cubs probably aren't National League Central contenders, but there are a number of positives coming out of this weekend, for both fantasy owners and Cubs fans, so let's note them.

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