The plot in the NL Central is thickening as the Brewers continue to close in on the Chicago Cubs. How could the rest of the season play out into October?
Just a few days ago, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-1 and the Brewers lost to the Reds. That shrunk the Cubs’ magic number to clinch the division to eight with a 3.5 lead. Things seemed to be getting easier.
Fast forward to Saturday morning and the number is still at eight and the lead is down to 1 1/2 games, which certainly makes things more interesting. One thing seems certain, the Brewers are not giving in what so ever and they are going to do everything they can to try to win the division. Cubs are going to have to get back on track after two blowout losses in a row.
The conflicting feelings toward the team from Cubs fans is certainly odd. On one hand, it can be upsetting seeing how close the Brewers are to them at this point. Especially considering they had a chance to bury their division chances in the two series they recently played each other.
On the other hand, despite the Cubs’ struggles offensively, they still went 18-11 over those 30 days with no days off. They could have easily gone sub-.500 and seen the Brewers take over the Central. Regardless of all the “what-ifs”, the scenarios the Cubs are in right now are all that matters.