The Cubs may be lacking in overall talent, but they aren't lacking in confidence.

The stabilization of the closer's role since Kevin Gregg took over, the continued dominance of the starters and the recent improvement of the offense has the players believing they're not as far away as most observers believe.

"The only thing I think about is that — winning it here," Starlin Castro said. "It's going to be unbelievable. That's why those people (President Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer) are signing people here for multiyear (deals), to be here when the team is competing every season.

"I think it's going to happen pretty soon."

Travis Wood turned in his eighth straight quality start in a 9-1 victory over the Rockies, improving to 4-2 with seven shutout innings.

Kyuji Fujikawa and Carlos Marmol finished it against a Rockies team that has fallen back to earth after a 13-5 start.

The win was the third in a row and fifth out of seven for the Cubs, who knocked out 14 hits in their most lopsided victory of the season.

On a cool May night at Wrigley Field with temperatures in the mid-40s, the Cubs jumped out to a quick lead off Rockies starter Juan Nicasio and never looked back. Alfonso Soriano homered and had one of the team's six doubles, which gave them a league-leading 87.