Cubs setting up for playoffs in series vs. Reds

Cubs clinch

Tough to have your playoffs dashed in a more heartbreaking way.

With due respect to Wacha's optimism, the numbers dictate decisive Cubs dominance of this rivalry.

Jason Heyward has showed up against his former team this season, notching an RBI in his last four games against them. He made it look easier than it ought to be to get to the point where he is.

The Nationals clinched the National League East on September 10.

The Cubs weren't exactly wire-to-wire winners, but nonetheless, they'll get a chance to repeat as champions.

St. Louis, which went 5-14 against the Cubs, missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2007-08.

Scott Alexander (5-4) picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Nothing came easily all season, nothing went all too smoothly.

Davis had been 0-for-4 going into that at-bat and had struck out three times, which he said was the first time he had done that in his professional career.

After going 59-103 previous year, the worst record in the majors, the Twins (83-74) are on the cusp of grabbing the final American League playoff spot.

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As the Cardinals celebrated in their clubhouse, Chicago infielder Donnie Murphy sat at his locker, expressing the hope that one day the Cubs could experience that feeling. Many felt they would be hit hard by a "World Series Hangover" and not be the same team as they were in 2016. Although the D'backs took the season series 9-3, I'm going with the Rockies to advance to play the Dodgers, who they'll face in a 3-game series this weekend.

Rich Hill earned his 12th victory with an impressive seven-inning outing, and Los Angeles clubbed San Diego for the third straight game.

It was not the easiest ride to back-to-back division titles this season as the Cubs got off to a mediocre start and found themselves in the middle of the pack during a chunk of the year.

This stretch has been so good for the Cubs.

"When you get to this position, you want to get it done as quickly as you can for that reason [rest]", Maddon said before the game.

They have given rookie Ian Happ and newcomer Jon Jay, guys who weren't part of past year, a chance to remind everyone how valuable they might be during this run.

The night started off as a pitcher's duel between Michael Wacha and John Lackey.

First up is figuring out the playoff rotation as well as locking down a postseason roster. Eduardo Rodriguez (6-6, 3.91 ERA) starts as the Red Sox try to wrap up the first set of back-to-back AL East titles in franchise history.

The seasons of Lackey and Russell virtually mirrored the Cubs' mercurial year.

Matt Carpenter led off Tuesday's game with a homer off of college teammate Jake Arrieta.

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