Colorado Rockies to meet Chicago Cubs in NL Wild Card Game


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Both teams lost division tiebreakers Monday, setting up Tuesday's winner-take-all Wild Card game at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

The stakes are much higher for Tuesday night's Wild Card Game as the loser of this playoff sees their season end.

During those games - 21 of which have been starts - Lester has a 9-7 record but more impressively sports a 2.55 ERA. It was another very disappointing appearance, and I remarked that I'm not sure the Cubs could justify carrying him on a postseason roster at this point.

Strop was under consideration to return for the win-or-go-home game against the Colorado Rockies after missing the past two weeks.

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This is the second time that each franchise has played in the Wild Card Game. If the Cubs can play the way they're capable of, it should be a good night - the only problem is the "if" in that sentence.

It was the least the Cubs could do after putting their fans through the ringer this season, a six-month grind that had everyone on edge from start to finish.

The script began the way it had to, with the Rockies taking a quick lead off Lester, who walked leadoff man Charlie Blackmon before issuing a ground rule double into the ivy to former Cub D.J. LeMahieu.

"It's Jonny Lester, he's pitched in a few big games before, he's got a resume", said Anthony Rizzo of Lester. "We'll be leaning on him hard, we've got to score him some runs so he can settle in".

Should they do that, the Cubs will have a great shot to keep their postseason going beyond just one game.