Milwaukee won its eighth in a row and earned home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. The loser would go into the NL wild-card game Tuesday vs. the loser of the Colorado-Los Angeles Dodgers tiebreaker in the NL West. Tickets for the game will go on sale at 7:30 Sunday night at cubs.com. No matter what happens on Monday, both the Cubs and Brewers are headed to the postseason. "If we win it, we'll be ecstatic".
Chicago had a five-game lead on September 2, but Milwaukee won seven straight and nine of 10 overall to finish with a 95-67 record. The last NL player to win the Triple Crown was Joe Medwick in 1937 for the Cardinals. We've played each other tough all year. That means the Milwaukee slugger gets one more chance at the rare feat. Quintana is 4-1 with a 2.17 ERA in six starts against Milwaukee this season.
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Hamels (4-3) was a tough-luck loser, dropping his third straight start after going 4-0 in his first nine outings following a trade from Texas.
Some valid concern might have cropped up after the Cubs lost on Saturday, 2-1, but that was against a sterling pitching performance from Miles Mikolas, and even in that, the Cubs still had mentally focused at bats, so it wasn't all that surprising to see them jump out for 10 runs Sunday. He'd been bubbling towards the surface of national conversation all year, but this last month Yelich has been hotter than the sun, which has been contagious for his entire team. "I'm sure that's what it's going to be (Monday) - little things will matter, and it'll be a fun game". "When we come in, we've got to be ready to play and we will be. It should be a fun one".
The Brewers are legitimate threats to reach the World Series due to their two strengths: a deep, star-studded lineup and a deep, star-studded bullpen. "To stay out of the beefier part of their bullpen also, they're very good".