Cubs Clinch NL Central, Will Face Nationals In NLDS

The one stat shown that is true is this is the first time in the Cubs have made the postseason three straight years since 1906-1908.

A division title that sets them up with a chance to defend their World Series championship.

With their victory the Cubs lock up the #3 seed in the National League’s side of the postseason bracket. The end of the longest-running championship drought in Major League Baseball previous year was met with worldwide celebrations and a parade and Downtown rally that saw an estimated 5 million people flood Chicago streets. In that span, he struck out eight and walked none. The Cubs stumbled their way through the first few months of the season, piling up a 43-45 record and sending just one player, closer Wade Davis, to the All-Star game.

Wacha (12-9) was chased after allowing the first six Cubs to reach base in the seventh.

Tommy La Stella also had a RBI double.

Paul DeJong’s single scored Jedd Gyorko to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead in the second.

Thursday is the season-series finale between the Cubs and Cardinals. Rizzo was visibly upset after getting hit, throwing his bat over-handed towards the Cubs’ dugout.

Pham was asked if he thought the pitch was meant to hit him, and said, “It was definitely on objective”.

Cubs: OF Albert Almora Jr.

The Cardinals probably will play without Yadier Molina (concussion) for a second consecutive game.

The Cubs are 19-11 when Lackey makes a start, the best winning percentage of any Cubs’ starter. He is 2-2 with a 3.62 ERA in his career against St. Louis, including taking a no-hitter into the ninth inning in his last start at Busch Stadium on September 12, 2016. Kyle Hendricks (7-5, 3.14 ERA) opposes Lance Lynn (11-8, 3.47 ERA). Lynn, an unrestricted free agent, is 6-6 with a 4.18 ERA in 18 career appearances against Chicago. But this wasn’t a good look Wednesday night, seeing the hated Chicago Cubs clinch the division crown here at Busch Stadium.

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