The Cubs haven't gotten off to a great start but may be showing signs of life. They haven't had any major injuries other than Cashner who will end up missing probably three months or more, but these minor injuries have been costly.
The Cubs are a much better team when one of their original five starters pitches, and much worse when Russel, Coleman, or Davis starts. And obviously Soto is considerably better than Koyie Hill, who is one of the worst hitting catchers around.
The Cubs sit 6.5 games behind the Cardinals, 4 games behind the Brewers, and only 2.5 games behind the Reds. Many people peg the Reds as the front runners, so it's highly possible that the Cardinals and Brewers take care of themselves, and the Cubs are only 2.5 games behind the future first place team.
The immdediate future looks bright, as Wells and Soto are both coming back, I think Saturday, and Garza won't be far behind. The Cubs have 6 home games vs the Pirates and Astros, let's see what happens.