The Cubs are not eliminated from the wild card race, but it would take a huge effort on their part to win and for all of the five teams ahead of them to fade.
The team could have done itself a huge favor by winning a three-game home series against a team fighting to stay out of the National League Central cellar -- Cincinnati on Aug. 8-10. But the Reds swept the Cubs to pad an eight-game Chicago losing streak.
Still, the Cubs were able to come back and win three out of four against powerhouse St. Louis and two out of three against Houston.
The Cubs have an off day on Thursday and manager Dusty Baker appreciates it before his pitchers head into hitter's haven Coors Field.
"I always like to have an off day before Coors Field or after Coors Field," Baker said. "You might win the battle there but there is a chance you will lose the war by using all your pitchers.
"That last day (Sunday) will be important. You don't want to use a lot of pitchers and come home the next day to play the Braves. You don't want to come home with a tired bullpen."