With St. Louis, Houston, Milwaukee and the Mets filling out the rest of the Cubs' schedule, it would seem the time to panic for Cubs Nation is now after one of their worst losses of the season and their 7th in their last 8. Except that no team seems to want to win the NL Central.
Yes, the Cubs are lucky the Brewers are stinking up the place. But the Cubs made their own luck with a terrific season up until now. They built a comfortable lead that is withstanding this slump, with help from Milwaukee.
The reason to worry if you're a Cubs fans is this team no longer looks like a good bet to play deep into the playoffs. Kerry Wood can't shake his skeptics and two of the Cubs' top pitchers have questionable health.
But the thing is, I'm not sure how important it is to have a ton of momentum closing the season. The Sox stunk at the end of the 2005 regular season and they lost just one game en route to the championship.
No reason to believe the Cubs can't follow suit.