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Vote: Cubs Confidence Meter

The Cubs now own a share of first place. Do fans feel a dynasty is in the works at Wrigley? Or is there an outbreak of agita on the North Side? Vote!

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs returned to first place for the first time since June 6 with a 5-3 win over the Cardinals on Sunday. They're 8-1 since the all star break with catcher Willson Contreras leading the way. His sixth inning home run broke a 3-3 tie making a winner out of Jose Quintana. He's 2-0 as a Cub while Contreras has seven home runs in July.

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Cubs win in Quintana's Wrigley debut (1:15)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jose Quintana discuss the Cubs 5-3 win over St. Louis on Sunday night. He threw a quality start in his home debut as the Cubs moved into first place.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Willson Contreras discuss his HR which vaulted the Cubs into first place on Sunday night.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Anthony Rizzo react to the Cubs being in first place.

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Contreras is 'super excited' to help Cubs win (0:44)
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Contreras' long ball just clears the wall (0:38)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

According to StatCast Kyle Schwarber's HR in the fourth inning went 400 ft. Schwarber has a .901 OPS since returning from Triple-A earlier this month. His three runs driven in, in July, have come via solo home runs.

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Schwarber's no doubter ties game for Cubs (0:28)
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Grichuk powers homer to center field (0:29)
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Carpenter out at home after great relay (0:25)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

With his second inning HR Randal Grichuk has 5 long balls this year against the Cubs and 7 against the rest of the league. He's now hitting .407 against them though he came in hitting .222 overall.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

A win against the Cardinals tonight would vault the Cubs into first place by a percentage point over the Milwaukee Brewers. It would be the first time the Cubs were in first place since the end of the day on May 26. A win would also push them to a season high 5 games over .500.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kyle Hendricks discuss his return to the rotation on Monday. He's been on the disabled list since early June with pain in his middle finger on his pitching hand.

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Merrifield, Bonifacio, Hosmer hit 3 straight homers (0:29)
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Cubs not finished with roster update (0:43)
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Saluting the Wrigley Bleacher Bums (3:09)
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South Side surge

The Cubs ended the first half under .500 and tied with the Cardinals for second in the NL Central, 5.5 games behind the Brewers. The reigning World Series champs have been hot since returning from the All-Star break and are now four games over .500 (50-46) and one game out of first.