Having seen enough offensive inconsistency from his beloved Chicago Cubs in recent weeks, ESPN commentator and co-host of Pardon the Interruption Michael Wilbon predicted on Monday's episode of PTI that the Cubs would lose in the National League Wild Card Game and also named the Milwaukee Brewers as the team to beat in the National League.
The victor of that game will face the victor of the Brewers-Cubs game in the best-of-five NLDS. First pitch is 3:15 p.m. on FS1. The victor will advance to the NLDS to face the Brewers.
It's playoff time in Major League Baseball with a pair of tiebreaker games on Monday launching the month-long chase to the World Series. The Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015 to spark a run to the NLCS, which ended at the hands of the New York Mets.
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Both teams earned their place in the game with losses in tiebreakers Monday. The Rockies lost to the Dodgers. Jon Lester would be on any short list of pitchers you would want in a sudden-death situation. He started the Cubs' last Wild Card Game and will be making his 22nd postseason start against the Rockies. Kyle Freeland will take the mound for Colorado.
Lester is 1-3 with a 2.25 ERA in five career starts against the Rockies, and he allowed two unearned runs over 5 2/3 frames in a no-decision April 30.
He'll be welcomed by an experienced Cubs bunch that includes NL RBI leader Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo, who has been hitting just under.320 since June 26.