I will no longer even attempt to predict the outcome of Cubs games, at least not until they stop playing like crap. The Cubs got swept by the crappy Astros, and will now have three soft-tossing lefties–and Jason Marquis!–starting against the Rockies in Colorado. And if that weren’t bad enough, Aramis Ramirez may be hurt! Yay!

A week ago at this time, the Cubs were tied for first place; since then, though they’ve only lost one game in the standings, it seems as though their playoff chances have decreased dramatically. They probably haven’t, unless Ramirez ends up missing lots of time; I’ve written before about how the loss of Soriano probably won’t make too much of a difference. It certainly feels like their chances have plummeted, though, and sometimes, as a fan–even a thinking fan with access to lots of stats, that’s what matters.