Cubs skipper Joe Maddon says in many ways the fact that the 162-game season comes down to an extra game to decide the national Central division champion shows why in his view baseball is the ideal sport. The loser's season is over. The victor will also receive home-field advantage against the NL East champion Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series. The Rockies lost to the Dodgers.
The Chicago audience for Monday's 3-1 loss to the Brewers on Monday peaked as the Cubs' chances of hanging on to the NL Central title faded in the 3 p.m. quarter.More news: Indonesia natural disaster , tsunami: Death toll rises to 1,234
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Since both teams won their respective games, they will compete against each other in a tiebreaker game at Wrigley Field on Monday for the division title. It will be the first-ever postseason meeting between the two franchises. After finishing off the Washington Nationals on Sunday at Coors Field, the Rockies left for California. Both teams finished with 91-71 records. After Monday's loss at Chavez Ravine, the Rockies crossed back over the Mountain time zone to get to Chicago.
The Cubs decisively beat the Cardinals (5-10) yesterday at Wrigley Field. The nice thing is, since it's just a one-game roster, the Cubs have the flexibility to include an extra reliever or two (and an extra bench guy or two), since you don't have to carry all the starting pitchers.