First, I'll start off with the Brew Crew. Looking at this 40 man roster is like looking at the list of patients in the hospital. 9 players have found themselves on the DL; one of whom is All-Star 2B Ian Kinsler. The Crew may just have more talent on their DL then some teams have in their lineup. I guess that's a compliment. Well, anyway, none of those injured soldiers are going to help them in battle, unless Kinsler is dancing around with a cheer leader's outfit screaming 'Let's Go Team!'. Maybe those cheers will wake up his real life, and fantasy, teammate Josh Hamilton, and he'll start to hit his own weight. The Crew gave up a lot to get him, they have a lot riding on him, they'll need him big time down the stretch. Now would be as good a time as any to start to hit. Though, maybe the rest of the sluggers can slug the Brew Crew to a victory, or maybe two-start pitcher Yovani Gallardo throws up two gems(something I am banking on him doing). Also taking the bump twice is Manny Parra, and JD Martin. Parra has been very hot since his visit to AAA a few weeks back. He draws the Dodgers Monday night(but, he got the victory, being as I am writing it just as the game finishes). So perhaps he can contribute 60 + this week for the Brew Crew. Crew are certiainly going to need it.
The Cubbies have a very hot team. Winning each of its last 4 contests, and the hitters, like Alfonso Sor(ry)iano are to thank for that. He's just been on fire since Sweet Lou dropped him to the 6th hole. Now maybe if Lou had done that all year.....Anyway, two-start pitchers Randy Wells, Aaron Harang, and Doc Halladay(Yes, still a Blue Jay) will try to damage the Brewers front line of defense. Then, the other pitchers; Zambrano, Dempster, Hernandez, Hart, Looper, Harden etc will try to pound the Crew into submission. Cubbies are using the motto of 'Go for the throat!' This week to take down the heavily hated Brewers.
As stated earlier, the winner is awarded with a play-off spot, and gets to celebrate, and gets to 'take a load off' for the next few weeks. Plus, this will ultimately decide the highest seed rank, something both owners want bragging rights for. Who do I think will win? Oh the Chicago Brewers of course. Duh. Nah, for real: Both teams have some injuries going on right now, especially to the Cubbies staff. But, they have won with it all year. I'm going to go with my gut's feeling, and say the Cubs take this one with a score of 610-540. Injuries, and struggles to key players will hinder the Brewers. That offensive depth is lacking. The lineup looks very pedestrian at the moment. Cubs on the other hand, are hot(well, as are the Brewers, 3 game win-streak, but)and have lived with injuries to Peavy, and others for basically the whole season. I am liking their depth, and think it will help them get a W, and bring home the NL East crown. I'll put my money on the Cubs.
But, go ahead, prove me wrong Aaron!