The need to lead

What can you say about Mark Prior? Amazing — again.

He stopped the bleeding and with the Cards’ help the Cubs picked up the game they should have picked up yesterday. Cubs are off tomorrow while the Astros play the first of three against the Giants at home. Conceivably, the Cubs could enter their series against Cincinnati tied for first.

I think it’s crucial that the Cubs come out of that Reds’ series leading the division. The last weekend of the year is at home against these pesky Pirates while the Astros will be toasting to the Brewers at home. I said the Cubs needed to win every game the rest of the way. I still think that’s true, but they especially need to sweep this Reds’ series to hopefully take advantage of what may be the Astros’ final losses of the year.

Go Cubs! Go Giants!

P.S. My dad writes that I’m losing the audience for this blog by prattling on about the Cubbies. My response: This blog has an audience?

P.P.S. In other good news, the Cubs are now only 1.5 games back in the wild card race, while the Red Sox upped their lead in the AL race by a game over the Mariners. Oh, and the evil — er, White — Sox are now 5.5 games out of the AL Central.