The Chicago Cubs have won nine of their last 11 games, and they are zeroing in on their second straight division title and third straight playoff appearance.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, they hit a bit of a snag in their quest as they dropped a 4-3 decision to the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday afternoon. The loss stranded their magic number at five and dropped their division lead to four and a half games over Milwaukee and five games over St. Louis.
Thanks to the loss, the Cubs will not be able to clinch the division title until Tuesday at the earliest. The Pittsburgh Pirates did do the Cubs a favor by beating the Cardinals, dropping the team’s magic number to four.
Best Case Scenario:
The best case scenario for the Cubs would be if they could finish off Milwaukee on Sunday and then have St. Louis lose their game Sunday against the Pirates.
That would leave their magic number to win the division at just two, with Milwaukee remaining in second place.
A Cubs win Monday in that scenario would eliminate the Cardinals from division contention, but would leave Milwaukee in the race as they do not play on Monday. The Cubs could then clinch with either a Milwaukee loss or a Chicago win in any of the six remaining games of the regular season.
Worst Case Scenario:
The Cubs could lose the chance to clinch Tuesday if they lose Sunday and the Cardinals beat the Pirates. That would mean that the Cubs could clinch no earlier than Wednesday, and would require the Brewers to lose a game in the interim.
Published at 11:24 AM CDT on Sep 23, 2017 | Updated at 9:37 PM CDT on Sep 23, 2017