Brewers need a Message from the Northsiders

The rival Milwaukee Brewers had a brief share of first place in the NL Central over the weekend, a spot the Cubs had owned for the previous 61 days. With the Cubs 9-6 win at Wrigley yesterday and the Brewers loss to Houston, the Cubs are back in sole possession of first. Tonight’s game one of four against the Brew-crew at Miller Park could be huge if either club dominates.  Usually though, with two heavyweights pounding on each other, neither will likely manage a sweep, which may be good for the Cubs.

The Brewers have been red hot of late, winning 8 of their last 10 games. The Cubs on the other hand have been treading water winning 4 of their last 10. In spite of the surge by Milwaukee and the Cubs sagging offense, in reality the Brewers have only picked up 3.5 games on the Cubs since July 1st.  The numbers say the Brewers will cool a bit and the Cubs will pick it up a bit in the coming weeks, and that should put the Cubs back in command of the Central Divison.  The Cardinals are fading fast, and I think most baseball pundits would agree the Cards were doing it with smoke and mirrors anyway.

Tonight we see CC Sabathia against Ted Lilly and tomorrow Ben Sheets meets Carlos Zambrano.  Should be very interesting to see who steps up here and who fades back.  The Cubs need to serve notice that they are the big dogs in town – sending a message that the Cubs are here to stay this year.

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    July 28, 2008   Posted in: observations, rivalries, standings

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