Brewers edge Cubs to win NL Central

Arnold Nichols
October 3, 2018

The general manager of a Chicago bar that caters to Wisconsin teams described the tension between Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs fans as a sibling rivalry, and there were plenty of fans in and around Wrigley Field Monday, Oct. 1 - as the Brewers won the division, beating the Cubs 3-1.

The losing team will go on to play in the one-game National League Wild Card game, with the victor getting a few days off before advancing to the NL Division Series. The Rockies played extremely well down the stretch and caught and passed the Los Angeles Dodgers, but Colorado lost in the tiebreaker game on the road. Jon Lester would be on any short list of pitchers you would want in a sudden-death situation.

Nationally, according to Nielsen's overnight ratings of the metered markets, the twin National League tiebreakers of Cubs-Brewers and Dodgers-Rockies scored ESPN's two highest-rated MLB regular-season afternoon telecasts in 20 years.

Mike Montgomery, who was in the rotation from late May through the end of the season, rejoins the bullpen for the wild-card game. The victor will not only win the NL Central, but will secure the best record in the National League.

The National League Central champion Milwaukee Brewers will begin postseason play on October 4. During the month of September, Lester was 4-1 with a 1.52 ERA, shaking off a shaky few months after the All-Star Break to help the Cubs back to the postseason for a franchise-record fourth-straight season. The win gave the Brewers home field advantage.

Should they do that, the Cubs will have a great shot to keep their postseason going beyond just one game.

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