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.