NL Wild Card Game Preview: Rockies vs. Cubs

Mae Harvey
October 3, 2018

Both games were divisional tiebreaker games, as both the Dodgers and the Rockies (91-71) and the Cubs and the Brewers (95-67) finished the regular season with tied records atop their respective divisions.

On Monday, the Cubs were defeated by the Milwaukee Brewers for the NL Central division crown while the Rockies were taken down by the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL West title.

Chicago will trot out its veteran southpaw to start as Jon Lester will toe the rubber on Tuesday night.

The victor travels to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers in a best-of-five division series beginning Thursday on cable's FS1 at a time to be determined.

He'll be welcomed by an experienced Cubs bunch that includes NL RBI leader Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo, who has been hitting just under.320 since June 26.

The Rockies are in the Wild Card game for the second consecutive year after losing to Arizona last season, while the Cubs last played in the Wild Card game in 2015, beating Pittsburgh. The Rockies lost to the Dodgers. Sunday's game will be played on MLBN.

The unprecedented schedule in baseball on Monday, with two tiebreakers, makes this feel like a consolation game, but it shouldn't be - and it isn't. They're focused on the Lester with the Cubs now - and lately he's been very good.

This happened because the Cubs couldn't get the job done in their National League Central Tiebreaker against the Brewers on Monday.

The Brewers' victory averaged a 13.5 household rating in the Milwaukee area, or nearly 115,000 southeastern Wisconsin TV homes. After finishing off the Washington Nationals on Sunday at Coors Field, the Rockies left for California.

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