NL pennant odds have Chicago as favorite
From Westgate Las Vegas:
- Chicago: 3-2
- New York: 2-1
- Los Angeles: 4-1
- St. Louis: 9-2
From Westgate Las Vegas:
The Cubs' ghosts were exorcised with a home victory, leaving Chicago fans thirsty to clinch a trip to the National League Championship Series.
Entering Tuesday's Game 4 of the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals the Chicago Cubs have never clinched a postseason series at Wrigley Field. It sets the stage for a day that could be unlike any other at the Chicago corner of Clark and Addison.
Joe Maddon says starter Jason Hammel will pitch deep into Game 4 if he "knows where his fastball is going." Hammel has had first inning issues. Watch early for command.
Down 2-1 in the NLDS, the Cardinals will send John Lackey to the mound on three days' rest. Lackey shut out the Cubs through 7 1/3 innings in Game 1. Chicago will counter with Jason Hammel.
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Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been scratched from the lineup for Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cubs after experiencing weakness in his injured left thumb.
John Lackey, who was brilliant in Game 1, will be starting on three days' rest for the first time in a decade.
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The Cubs' six home runs against the Cardinals on Monday set a postseason record. Perhaps more amazing, the six homers were hit by six different players.
Cubs shortstop Addison Russell isn't in the starting lineup for Game 4 of the team's NL Division Series game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. He left Game 3 with hamstring tightness.
Only twice since 1907 has Chicago won consecutive home games in a single postseason. The last time it did, Ronald Reagan was in office.
After allowing just four earned runs in his previous 13 starts, Arrieta allowed four in 5 2/3 innings against the Cardinals on Monday.
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Addison Russell not in the starting lineup (hamstring) for Game 4 of the division series between the Cubs and Cardinals. Javier Baez plays SS in his place and bats ninth.
AccuWeather forecast for Cubs/Cards Game 4 this aft. calls for windy conditions again during the first 3-5 innings with speeds of 12-20 mph out towards right field. First pitch should be about 60 degrees then temperatures should drop.
In ESPN The Magazine's annual ranking of 122 pro sports teams, the Chicago Blackhawks dropped outside the overall top 10 this year because of rising costs to attend games at the United Center.
With an unprecedented display of power to win Game 3 against the Cardinals, the Cubs are on the cusp of closing out a postseason series at Wrigley Field for the first time in their history.
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The Cubs rookie watches as his second-inning home run in Game 3 sails into the stands. See the best images from the series. Full NLDS photo gallery