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For just one morning, I think it's appropriate to set aside all complaints of Ned, all quibbles about playing time, and all snarky remarks about what exactly we're playing for.

We are now 4.5 games out of the NL Wildcard (admittedly, behind five other teams, many of which--at least on paper--look to be better than this Brewers team) and only 5.5 games out of the NL Central lead. It's still pretty lame to be four games under .500 but, really, if you're within spitting distance of the playoffs, does it matter?

Ned said a couple of days ago that this team isn't aiming for the Wildcard, it's aiming for the division. In part, that's just what managers say. There's more: there are only two teams ahead of us in the Central, and one of those might just win the Wildcard. If we can somehow displace the Cards or Reds...well, at the very least, we'll be watching NL West games and biting our nails the last week of September.

If there's ever a time to strike, it's now: after today's game with the Rockies, here's how the schedule breaks down for the next three weeks:

  • Florida, 7 games
  • Houston, 6 games
  • Los Angeles, 3 games
  • Pittsburgh, 3 games
Except for LA, those are teams we should be able to beat. A 14-6 stretch--even 13-7--starting today would put us semi-comfortably above .500. After that, we probably wouldn't be leading the WC, but 6 of the last 13 games of the season are against the Cards. We would be in control of our own destiny right down to the final week.

And the way this season has gone, that would be one heck of an accomplishment.

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