Well, it comes down to this: a weekend series with the Braves, which even if the Cubs sweep, will not be enough to get into the playoffs. We need the Giants and Astros to lose at least one of their games this weekend against the Dodgers and Rockies, respectively.
Game 1 against the Braves - it's a beautiful Friday afternoon at the Friendly Confines. Both teams have batting practice for a change, and with some Southwest breezes in the air, quite a few balls leave the yard. With Kerry Wood going for the Cubs, knowing the enormity of the game, and with Atlanta already assured of a spot in the playoffs therefore might be taking things a bit easy, you'd think the Cubs would be well-positioned to pull this out, right?
So what happens? Oh, come on - like you couldn't already have guessed... Of course the Cubs lose, and the Giants and Astros win. So now it's win the last two against the Braves, and hit those Blue and White rosary beads all day/night long praying the Giants and Astros lose the rest of their games. Talk about having your backs against the [brick] wall...
Friday, October 1: BP-22 [W-19,S-3], Roof-0, Foul-0, HR-0