I've seen a lot of talk from Cub fans about how the Cardinals will fail because too many players are overachieving and how the Cardinals just aren't as good as their record.
So what about the Cubs? Do they have players who are overachieving?
Let's look and see...
RP Neal Cotts -- Who? Career ERA of 4.44 ...only pitched in 16 games last year, which was his 2nd year in the league. He currently has a 0.0 ERA in only 5 innings pitched.
RP Ryan Dempster -- Career ERA of 4.70 with a hefty 1.51 WHIP....he currently sports a 2.90 ERA which is the lowest his ERA has ever been in his 10 year career.
RP Scott Eyre -- Career ERA of 4.32 over an 11 year career. He currently has a 0.00 ERA in only 7 innings pitched.
RP Sean Gallagher -- Career ERA of 5.61 (last year it was 8.59). This season's ERA: 4.42.
RP/SP Jon Lieber -- Career ERA of 4.26. This season's ERA: 3.31. He has never had an ERA that low to finish a season in his long career.
RP Carlos MÃ¡rmol -- Career ERA of 3.53. This season's ERA: 2.25...but to be fair, this is only his 3rd season.
RP Kerry Wood -- Career ERA of 3.64. This season's ERA: 2.62.
RP Michael Wuertz -- Career ERA of 3.48. This season's ERA: 2.89
SP Carlos Zambrano -- Career ERA of 3.38. This season's ERA: 3.01
C Geovany Soto -- 1st year as a starter. 10 home runs, 39 RBI. Can he keep that pace up?
C Henry Blanco -- Career .225 hitter. His average this season: .310
2B/SS Ronny CedeÃ±o -- Career .253 hitter over 3 seasons. His average this season: .295
2B/3B Mark DeRosa -- Career .280 hitter. His average this season: .303
SS/2B Ryan Theriot -- Career .288 hitter. His average this season: .323
The Cubs have a LOT of players who are playing over their heads, or at least slightly better than expected.
Funny how this never gets brought up when people talk about the Cardinals having players playing over their heads. The Cubs have more.