This isn't meant to be a series preview, but I've noticed that when the Cubs land in Milwaukee tonight, they will start their four-game set against the new scourge of the National League, C.C. Sabathia. They will counter him with their own lefty, Ted Lilly.
Point of fact, as far as playoff implications go, this will very much-so have the look of a playoff series. Lilly against Sabathia, Zambrano against Sheets, it could very well tell us a lot about how the Cubs might play in October. If only they'd be entering this four-game set with a little more confidence and offense stability.
The preview will be written and posted before tonight's game. I will give myself away, however, with an early summary.
If the Cubs can win 3 of 4 on the road against the Brewers, then we can effectively declare Milwaukee dead in the water and a non-factor in the central.
If the Cubs go 2-2 against Milwaukee at home, it's a twofold victory - 1) they will have split at home against their biggest opponent, guaranteeing their position in first place once they leave and b) having taken 2 from the lion's den, they will have effectively declared their dominance fo the Brewers, as it will be safe to assume that they'd do better than a split at Wrigley.
If Milwaukee takes 3 of 4, or sweeps, then it will mean absolutely nothing because there are still 2 months to play.
See that? No bias there, nope, none at all.