Rockies win NL Wild Card thriller

Rockies win NL Wild Card thriller

Rockies win NL Wild Card thriller

The victor will advance to the NLDS to face the Brewers.

Starting on three days' rest for the first time in the pros, Freeland struck out six in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. The Chicago Cubs belong in the playoffs with 95 victories and a run differential of +116. The ultimate moment that undid the Cubs turned out to be one of the least thrilling. Wrigley Field was going insane, but it would soon fall silent again.

The hug struck Rockies manager Bud Black as interference.

Wolters, a reserve catcher who entered as part of a double switch in the bottom of the 12th, came up with runners at the corners and drove in Trevor Story with a liner back up the middle off Kyle Hendricks, quieting the Wrigley Field crowd of 40,151 on a crisp fall night. It just goes to show you never know who will be a postseason hero. Theo Epstein's front office spent $185 million last winter trying to upgrade the pitching staff with Yu Darvish, Brandon Morrow and Tyler Chatwood, yet the three right-handers combined for just 0.3 WAR (FanGraphs).

One theme that was very aggravating during the season was the Cubs hot and cold offense. They should've been completely gassed, and the Cubs should've had every advantage. It was a problem that plagued them throughout the final stretch of the season, into game 163, and extended to tonight.


Joe Maddon has enjoyed tremendous success in his four seasons as manager of the Chicago Cubs, but there has been some talk about his World Series championship and NL Manager of the Year Award not being enough for him to keep his job next year. This was the team that tied for the most wins in the National League. The veteran lefty got out of trouble in the first inning and was stellar until he was pulled before the seventh.

"You're always wondering, 'How's this going to end?' But our guys fought all night and to be able to get that last out there was great", Oberg said.

Maddon jumped to the big-budget Cubs in November 2014 and has led the team to sustained success not seen in Wrigleyville in a century. Hitting coach Chili Davis will likely be the scapegoat for this awful offensive performance, and it's clear that whatever approach he tried to apply this year failed miserably.

The Cubs got another chance when Anthony Rizzo singled with two outs in the eighth, and Maddon went for it. For now, the plan is to then make a determination on his future with the organization after the 2019 season, Nightengale reported.

The Chicago Cubs won 95 games this season, but they lost two in two - well technically three - days and are officially out of the Major League Baseball postseason. The win gave the Brewers home field advantage.

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