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NL Central Watch: Sept. 18

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Here's a quick glance at what's happening around the National League Central.

The Brewers' fading chances took a big hit in Chicago on Wednesday night when the news their fans have been bracing for all season finally surfaced. Ace Ben Sheets has been dealing with a sore elbow for some time now and it appears his season is over after an abbreviated start against the Cubs.

Brewers interim manager Dale Sveum's first official move was juggling his rotation. He moved right-hander Dave Bush into lefty Manny Parra's spot to ease the load on Parra. In the process, he put Bush in a matchup against the Cubs that would seem to spell doom. Bush is 1-7 with a 5.16 ERA in 10 career starts against the Cubs, including 0-2 and 8.53 in two outings this season.

As the season winds down, the Cardinals are finally looking like the subpar team they were supposed to be in 2008, losing their sixth consecutive game, their longest losing streak of the season. The loss officially elminated them from the Central race and cast doubts about their wild-card chances. Now they face the real prospect of being at Wrigley Field when the Cubs clinch the division title this weekend. ''You see where we would be if we'd just played .500 the last couple weeks, it's unbelievable,'' center fielder Skip Schumaker said.

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