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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

Wayne Drehs ESPN Senior Writer 

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.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

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.

Stats & Info

Cards turn to Lackey on short rest

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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Monday's homers by the numbers

Stats & Info provides a breakdown of the 21 home runs hit between Monday's four divisional games.

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5hJohn Buccigross

Buccigross: Happy hockey new year

The hockey new year is upon us, so let's dive into predictions for standout rookies, how some intriguing teams look so far, early playoff projections and the top 10 college teams in the land.

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Chicago shows unprecedented power

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.

Taking a look at the pulse of Cubs fans (2:22)
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Cubs looking to take two at Wrigley

Only twice since 1907 has Chicago won consecutive home games in a single postseason. The last time it did, Ronald Reagan was in office.

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Jake Arrieta finally stumbles

After allowing just four earned runs in his previous 13 starts, Arrieta allowed four in 5 2/3 innings against the Cardinals on Monday.


Can Mets, Cubs close out series?

Said Jemele Hill on His & Hers: "The momentum has completely shifted in the favor of both the Cubs and the Mets respectively."

Can Mets, Cubs close out series? (1:17)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

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.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

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.

NFL Power Rankings: NFC East demanding respect (1:13)

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald opens his segment on the Big Ten teleconference with congratulations for his "good friend" Steve Spurrier on the coach's retirement announcement today.

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3hJeff Dickerson

Bears rise in ESPN's NFL Power Rankings

Consecutive victories over Oakland and Kansas City have convinced NFL Power Rankings voters that Chicago is a team on the rise.

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Liftoff for Kyle Schwarber

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