Cubs in playoffs: Sunday games could determine playoff spots

Cubs in playoffs: Sunday games could determine playoff spots

Cubs in playoffs: Sunday games could determine playoff spots

Christian Yelich strengthened his case for NL MVP when he slapped an RBI single back up the middle in the NL Central tiebreaker game, giving the Milwaukee Brewers a 1-0 lead over the Chicago Cubs in the third inning.

The victor at Wrigley Field gets the division title and home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. The loser of the tiebreaker game hosts the loser of the NL West tiebreaker in the Wild Card contest.

Chicago's postseason future could sharpen into focus out Sunday or could be extended to Monday if Chicago and Milwaukee are still deadlocked atop the division after Sunday's games. A home run in that situation would've not only broken the game wide open but would've put Yelich in a tie for the league lead in homers and in the outright lead for RBI.

Obviously, it won't be easy, but Yelich has a clear path to become the first NL Triple Crown victor since Joe Medwick of the Cardinals 81 years ago.

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The Chicago Cubs have already made it to the playoffs, so now's it's just a question of whether or not they'll be on top when the regular season ends.

Mike Montgomery will make his career-high 19th start of the season. The former Nationals pitcher who was acquired at the waiver trade deadline allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out three. Daniel Murphy and Javier Baez had the only other hits for the Cubs.

Justin Wilson was the first man up in the eighth, and he promptly gave up a single to Orlando Arcia-his third of four on the afternoon-and a double down the line to Domingo Santana. Corey Knebel (4-3) extended his scoreless streak to 16 1/3 innings with a flawless seventh, and Hader worked two innings for his 12th save. When it was over, Hader wrapped his arms around catcher Erik Kratz for a big hug as the rest of the Brewers poured out of the dugout. But since the Dodgers, Rockies, Brewers, and Cubs all won, neither the Central nor the West has been decided. "Let's go Brewers!" - a rarity at Wrigley Field over the years.

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