The most important thing about yesterday’s slate of games as far as the Cubs are concerned is that not every series wound up a sweep, and thus Cubs-Marlins Game Two will stay at 1pm CT today.
Meanwhile, two of the Cubs’ NL Central rivals got their tickets home, as the Reds were swept by the Braves and the Brewers were swept by the Dodgers. Neither the Reds nor the Brewers scored a run in their losses, with the Reds not scoring a run in either game, and the Brewers scoring only two runs in their first game. Hey, it’s not just the Cubs!
As for the fourth member of the NL Central that made the postseason, the Cardinals took an early 4-0 lead on the Padres and had a 6-2 lead as late as the 6th inning, but ultimately lost 11-9 to leave that series tied at one.
The highlights from the game are definitely worth watching, as the Padres came back in the way that they do – big home runs from Fernando Tatis, Jr., Manny Machado, and Wil Myers:
That series now concludes this evening at 6pm CT, after the Cubs very much hopefully extend their season this afternoon.
Over in the American League, the White Sox’s season ended with a wild loss to the A’s, which featured seven White Sox pitchers before they were even through the fifth inning. That’s still a very good young team, which could be all the better next year with Michael Kopech back, further development from the bats and Dylan Cease and Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning, and maybe another key addition. It’s not at all hard to see them being the clear top team in the AL Central net year. They have that 2015 Cubs vibe.