I don't believe this is the series the Cubs wanted heading into action Sunday, but it's still certainly one they should win.
Lots of compelling story lines in this one: Piniella vs. Torre; Manny Ramirez; Greg Maddux; Carlos Zambrano; how will the Cubs rebound from last year's playoff disaster?
The Dodgers didn't have Manny when the Cubs won the season series 5-2.
As my friend and baseball expert Bob Mazzoni points out, L.A.'s Game 1 starter Derek Lowe won all three clinchers for the Red Sox during their '04 Series run.
It's a good L.A. team with promising young talent and great veterans like Manny, Nomar and Jeff Kent.
This is a Dodgers team that has played really poorly at times and really well at others.
I think the Cubs wanted the Mets, but they have L.A. And the Cubs should win.