As hard as it might be to recall, the Cubs were in first place on Aug. 7, 2009.

Then Carlos Zambrano said he couldn't pitch, the bullpen lost to the Colorado Rockies that day, the Cubs fell six games back in a week and a half and they've been 49 games under .500 since that day.

They've spent three days with a winning record since that season ended — 2½ considering they got to 9-8 in 2011 on the last of those days before losing the second game of a doubleheader.

The Cubs haven't been buyers since that 2009 summer (such as their limited buying power was at the trade deadline that year). This year, they've been sellers since the offseason, and once the June draft is over in two weeks, they could be every buyer's first call.