The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers are in a tight race for the NL Central heading into the final day of the MLB season. The playoff scenarios are relatively simple. The winner of the division will be the No. 1 seed in the National League, while the loser will play in the Wild Card game. How that happens is a bit more complicated.
Both the Cubs and Brewers need a win along with the other team to lose to win the division outright. If both teams win or lose, there will be a one-game playoff on Monday for the NL Central. If both teams lose, it would essentially mean three straight days of playoff-level baseball since the NL Wild Card game will be on Tuesday, October 2nd.
Regardless of today’s games, both the Cubs and Brewers will finish with a better record than the NL West winner. However, the second place team would still be relegated to the Wild Card matchup since the NL West team won their division.
The Cubs host the Cardinals in their final game of the regular season, while the Brewers host the Tigers in their finale. Cubs fans expected the division to be wrapped up by now, but the Chicago manager is not worried.
“There’s nothing to lament with our guys,” Maddon told USA Today. “They’ve been playing very well for a long period of time. Our route’s been a little different than everybody else. We’ll come back ready to play (Sunday) and see how it all falls.”
Here’s a look at the NL Central and Wild Card standings.
NL Wild Card Standings
|St. Louis Cardinals (eliminated)||88||73||2.0|
NL Division Leaders & Seeds
|T-1. Chicago Cubs||94||67|
|T-1. Milwaukee Brewers||94||67|
|T-2. Colorado Rockies||90||71|
|T-2. LA Dodgers||90||71|
|3. Atlanta Braves||90||71|
Source: Heavy Sports