The NL Central comes down to a single tie-breaker game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs. Milwaukee and Chicago finished with even 95-67 records thanks to victories against the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals, respectively.
The tiebreaker game will be played tomorrow at 12:05 at Wrigley Field since Chicago took the season series 11-8. The Crew are 3-6 this season, mostly due to a four-game sweep at the hands of the Cubs in April.
The worst news for the Milwaukee Nine is that they’ll be taking on Jose Quintana. In 37.1 IP, Quintana has a 2.17 ERA and 4-1 record against Milwaukee. The Crew was able to put up 5 runs against Quintana on August 14, so there is some hope.
The Brewers have not named a starter for the game. It’s likely that they’ll go with Jhoulys Chacin. Chacin has been even tougher on the Cubs than Quintana has been on the Brewers. In 22.2 IP, Chacin has just a 1.59 ERA against Chicago and has only allowed one earned run at Wrigley.
I’d like to remind Brewers fans that Javy Baez himself said the team didn’t want to face our Crew in a situation like this. Christian Yelich is as hot as hot gets, and so is Ryan Braun. Should I add that Braun has a .448 SLG against Quintana?
ALSO, Triple Crown watch continues as the stats count in game 163 just like every other game. Yelich is still just two RBI short of Javy Baez for the NL lead in RBI.
The loser of Monday’s game would host the Wild Card game Tuesday. Their opponent depends on the outcome of the game for the NL West played later Monday afternoon. The winner hosts NLDS Game 1 at their stadium on Thursday.