Cubs drop NL Central; Brewers, Cardinals and Reds on the last day


A Kris Bryant grand slam in the lead on Saturday night put the Cubs in the lead, 5-2, and it looked like they might be able to handle the business on their own. Instead, the White Sox resumed their assault with a funky bottom of the fourth – highlighted by Jose Abreu’s clutch and the double base crossing – and took the win over their rivals on the other. side of town.

Still, the Cubs ‘magic number was one and the Cardinals’ home loss to the Brewers did the trick. The Cubs are the NL Central 2020 champions. This is their sixth central title and their third in the past five seasons.

There wasn’t a ton of drama here after the Cubs won and the Cardinals lost (one of their two games) on Friday. The question was more when than after. The real drama in NL Central is heading towards the (maybe!) Last day of the season.

With just a regular season day to go, maybe (we’ll get to that), here’s where the 2-3-4 teams in the division stand:

  • The cardinals are 29-28 years old. If it is determined that their still-lingering double-sided against the Tigers is to be played on Monday, they will end up with 60 games and the results are rather unpredictable. For now, they’re clinging to a playoff berth, holding the top five by 0.001 points over the Marlins.
  • The Reds have 30-29 for Sunday and will face the Twins, who must win or see the White Sox lose to clinch AL Central. As such, it looks like a tough game for the Reds. As it stands, the Reds are the seeded seven, although in games they are technically tied with the Cardinals for all five.
  • The Brewers are 29-30 years old. If they beat the Cardinals on Sunday, both teams will have a .500 record and the Brewers will have the tiebreaker. Of course, the Cardinals could then play on Monday and have a chance to win two and iron the Brewers. For now, the Brewers are tied for eight with the Giants, who lost Saturday to drop to 29-30.

The Phillies lost on Saturday moving them to 28-31 and they hold the tiebreaker over the Brewers so they could still be a factor here too. We know the Reds clinched a playoff berth, but we don’t know where they will be. That leaves the Cardinals, Brewers, Giants and Phillies for two playoff spots, with the 5-8 seeds going completely fluid.

The bottom line is that Sunday counts for three central NL teams. If the Brewers beat the Cardinals and the Reds lose, all three will be exactly .500 and the bet is that the Cardinals must then play their double title on Monday. It’s pretty confusing and incredibly fun with all of the games starting around the same time on Sunday. It is possible that Centrale will send four teams to the playoffs. It is also possible that only the Cubs and Reds will leave.

As for the Cubs winning the Central, the Cubs’ golden age of baseball continues. Yes, the franchise has been oppressed for such a long time and many other teams wouldn’t consider these days to be a great time, but for the Cubs, making the playoffs five out of six years with three division titles, (at least) three trips. at the NLCS, a World Series pennant and title is the best time the club has seen since 1906-10. It’s something Cubs fans have dared to dream of for decades.


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