NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL
CHICAGO CUBS (97-64, 1st)
MANAGER: Lou Piniella (3rd season)
PAYROLL: $145 million
X-FACTOR: Isn't combustible Milton Bradley, now on his sixth team, the only choice for this category everywhere he goes?
BEST CASE: A deep pitching staff and a balanced lineup puts them back in the postseason for the third straight year for the first time since 1906-08.
They go ahead and complete the deal for Jake Peavy at the trade deadline.
The 101-year championship drought finally ends and poor Steve Bartman can go on with his life.
WORST CASE: Ryan Dempster can't match his 17-win breakthrough after signing a huge contract.
They miss the versatile Mark DeRosa far more than they thought.
Kevin Gregg's knee tendinitis returns and puts him on the shelf.
LF Alfonso Soriano
CF Kosuke Fukudome
3B Aramis Ramirez
RF Milton Bradley
1B Derrek Lee
2B Mike Fontenot
C Geovany Soto
SS Ryan Theriot
RHP Carlos Zambrano
RHP Ryan Dempster
National League Central preview
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