During the first month of the season, it wasn't hard to point to the issues that plagued the Cubs -- the bullpen and the offense.
The bullpen had a horrendous day Thursday, but we don't need to touch on that right now.
The offense, meanwhile, may have started to turn a corner a bit.
After a tough April in which they only hit nine home runs, the Cubs have started to hit for some power. In two May games, Dale Sveum's squad already has five home runs -- two from Bryan LaHair and one each from Geovany Soto, Ian Stewart and Starlin Castro.
They've only scored three runs in each game (which should have been good enough for wins based on how fantastic the starting pitching was), but the Cubs have totaled 10 hits in each game, good for a .274 average (20-for-74).
Five different Cubs have had multi-hit games and Reed Johnson (0-for-4) was the only position player not to pick up a safety in the rain-shortened two-game series against the Reds.
Some other interesting notes on the offense in May:
--Soto has doubled his season home run and tripled his season RBI total in the month's first two games. He had just one home run and one RBI in April, but has two RBI and another homer already in May.
--Stewart is showing signs of life at the plate. The Cubs third baseman was incredibly unlucky in April, but started May off 3-for-8 with a homer and double.
--Bryan LaHair is a beast. Two home runs, a single and a walk to kick off May after an incredible April. Not bad for a guy so many people were critical of heading into the season.
--Alfonso Soriano was 3-for-8 in the two games in Cincinnati, but all three were singles. He finished April without a homer and has only two extra-base hits this season (both doubles) in 80 at-bats.
As the weather warms up, the bats will come out to play more and more. May has been proof of that. Too bad the five home runs were all solo and the Cubs could get only one of the other baserunners home.