Chicago Cubs defeat Philadelphia Phillies, 11-6

What if the Cubs played the ''what-if'' game?

What if, for instance, they had held on to the 1-0 lead in the ninth Saturday -- giving them three consecutive victories over Philadelphia to start the second half -- then swept the four-game series with the 11-6 victory Sunday?

What if they had won five or six of those 20 one-run losses?

And what if Tom Gorzelanny had stayed in the rotation instead of moving to the bullpen when the Carlos Zambrano relief experiment fa...

Starlin Castro has been one of the few reasons the 2010 season hasn't been a complete disappointment for the Cubs.

He stole home Thursday and scored from third on a squeeze play Saturday, displaying why he might be the Cubs' most dangerous baserunner.

''It feels good,'' he said. ''I got good timing on the plays.''

And he's getting much better, too, at the plate and in the field, showing more of the skills that catapulted him from the minors to the majors at 20.