Here's a quick glance at what's happening around the National League Central.
All those Cubs fans reaching for the panic button, stop. Yes, things are bad, but they could be worse. You could be a Brewers fan. For all of the Cubs' recent struggles, they have been minimized thanks to another late-season collapse by the Brewers. Meanwhile, Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun insists his slump has nothing to do with his tender ribs. And though Mike Cameron isn't completely healthy, he is back in the Brewers' lineup.
During one of his best seasons at the plate, Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols says he is thinking seriously about undergoing offseason surgery on his ailing right elbow. If he undergoes the procedure, it could make him unavailable to start the 2009 season on time.
Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle points out how the Astros keep winning even though Carlos Lee is out, Lance Berkman has cooled off and Ty Wigginton is hurting. In discussing the wild card, Geoff Blum sums up the Astros' mind-set these days: ''Colorado did it last year. Why can't we?''