GREENBERG: In so many ways as the first-place Cubs took on the second-place Brewers, it was visible that fall baseball has arrived.
Fans of both teams had to walk out of the park thinking the race is essentially over. The players themselves might be experiencing similar inklings.
If Schwarber gets hotter than all get-out as he has in back-to-back early autumns, he could be the hero these wayward Cubs desperately need.
GREENBERG: Big Ten opener between 3-0 foes could end in an upset that rocks the league and deals a staggering blow to a presumed playoff contender.
Wilson has experienced a failure to launch with the Cubs, widening the chasm in the bullpen between what is and what was supposed to be.
No ninth-inning homer by Dexter Fowler, no harm, no fouling this up for the Cubs — or so it would seem. They’ve won six straight, tying a season high.
Addison Russell’s first start since Aug. 2 had some of everything — all of it encouraging. He was patient at the plate and his old self at shortstop.
Dabo Swinney’s defense is sick. And there’s nothing to apologize for where quarterback Kelly Bryant, the successor to Deshaun Watson, is concerned.
Russell, who has been sidelined since Aug. 3 with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, says he might play this weekend against the Cardinals.
Lackey and Willson Contreras got themselves kicked out, and an inning later their teammates were pounding the Cardinals with seven mighty big runs.
One pitch — and one hard-to-believe non-strike call by umpire Jordan Baker — and Friday’s Game 1 of a critical Cubs-Cardinals series went haywire.
GREENBERG: Are Lovie Smith’s Illini prepared to behave like a Big Ten team in Tampa? Will Lamar Jackson and Louisville take down the defending champs?
GREENBERG: Where’s the rancor? Where are the insults? Readers not only are agreeing that the Cubs are in danger of collapsing — they’re one-upping me.
The Cubs could eliminate both the Brewers and Cardinals later this month. Or they could collapse like a house of cards. In either case: very dramatic.
After being out since Aug. 9 due to a hamstring injury, Contreras returned in a pinch-hitting role Sunday and received a standing ovation at Wrigley.