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"Anyway, we’re left with the Cubs and Cardinals fighting for the NL Central title, always the dream scenario but one we very rarely see play out. The Cardinals will continue to have the opportunity to beat up mediocre teams, as they still won’t see a contender until September 13, when the Brewers -- who may not be a contender at that point -- come to town. Then they finish with a gauntlet: hosting the Nationals, a trip to Wrigley and Phoenix, and home for the final three games against the Cubs. The seven games these teams play head-to-head almost makes the playoff odds moot, as each controls its destiny in those contests. Just writing it up now, I can feel myself getting excited for that series at Wrigley in two weeks. It’s probably the biggest one left on the schedule."