Once again, CC Sabathia did it all for the Brewers. Sabathia easily is the best midseason acquisition of 2008. His arrival should secure a playoff spot for the Brewers. But the Brewers have new concerns about left fielder Ryan Braun, whose back tightened Monday.
Meanwhile, right-hander Yovani Gallardo -- out since late April with a knee injury that required surgery -- is making progress but he might not be ready in time to help the Brewers down the stretch. Deep in this notebook, manager Ned Yost says the Brewers' experience battling the Cubs down the stretch in 2007 should pay off this September.
Chris Carpenter's scheduled game of catch today could shape the rest of the season for the third-place Cardinals.