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Cubs fans wait 100 years for a world title and they can't even get one win in the Division Series, which is just more proof that life's not fair. They've waited a long time for a team like the one that was supposed to face the Dodgers, but there was no sign of the team that put together the best regular season record in the National League this year.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, have transcended their status as the team with the worst record coming into the postseason. They only finished above .500 by three games, but they were clutch with men on base and they had Manny Ramirez, whose late-season magic act was only muted by Lou Piniella's decision to walk him intentionally a couple of times last night.

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The Dodgers have come together to play their best baseball of the year at just the right moment, which certainly puts them in great position for the National League Championship Series, whoever their opponent turns out to be.

So, three teams remain on the threshold of elimination and all of them will face that possibility today. The Milwaukee Brewers, at least, have a chance to even their series against the Phillies thanks to yesterday's 4-1 victory. The Angels and the White Sox have a much bigger mountain to climb, but a Game 3 win can significantly alter the complexion of a best-of-five series.

Theoretically, the entire Division round could be over today, but I think the Angels and Brewers will hang around a little longer.

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