Brewers' playoff push not for faint of heart
MILWAUKEE -- Their starting rotation has been reduced to initials: CC (Sabathia) and TBA (To Be Announced). Their manager was hired exactly nine games ago. Their margin of error is thinner than bratwurst casing, which means the Milwaukee Brewers' playoff future depends almost entirely on these next three days."And we've got to play the best team in the National League," says Brewers infielder Craig Counsell. That would be the Chicago Cubs, who clinched the National League Central division title days ago and are fresh from their Beat The Mets Two-Out-Of-Four Tour. Milwaukee was rooting for a Beat The Mets Three-Out-Of-Four Tour, but New York scored a run in the bottom of the ninth Thursday night for the win. By the way, Lou Piniella sat five of his Cubs regulars. Now the Cubs come to Miller Park. Not much is at stake -- only a precious NL wild-card spot for either the Brewers or Mets and, you know, unemployment. Milwaukee and New York, which are tied for the wild-card lead, have already gone through one set of managers this season, so there's always the possibility of more pink slips.