St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will try to play in the NL Division Series while wearing a splint to protect his injured left thumb.
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Arrieta named NL Pitcher of the Month
Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta takes home the honor for the second month in a row after going 4-0 with an MLB-best 0.45 ERA during September.
Ratings for the Cubs broadcasts on CSN Chicago increased 122 percent this season, according to Sports Business Journal/Sports Business Daily.
The Cy Young races hold a lot of intrigue, where Cubs ace Jake Arrieta could trump the Dodgers' duo of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.
Eric Cooper will be the plate umpire for the AL wild-card game and Jeff Nelson will call balls and strikes at the NL game.
Are Cubs atop Power Rankings?
Was winning eight straight at the end of the season enough to vault Chicago to the top spot in our final rankings? Find out here
Arrieta can keep good times rolling
The way Jake Arrieta has pitched for the Cubs during the second half of the season is similar to what Madison Bumgarner did in the playoffs last year. So it's no surprise Arrieta cracks this list of pitchers that could equal Bumgarner's dominance this postseason. Photo gallery
Outlook dim for wild-card teams
With a win-or-go-home game still to be played this week, the odds are currently against the Cubs, Pirates, Yankees or Astros winning the World Series, according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
Tale of the tape: NL wild-card game
Here's a look at some of the key stats and figures heading into Wednesday night's matchup between the Cubs and the Pirates.
The more a team's playoff odds fluctuate, the more on edge its followers are. Conversely, the earlier a team locks up a playoff spot or falls far out of the race by pegging its odds close to one extreme or the other, the more its games blend together and its fans look forward to the playoffs (or football). So let's use those playoff odds to determine which team had MLB's most exciting regular season in 2015.
Hank Aaron Award finalists: NL Central
The Hank Aaron Award is given annually to a player recognized as the most outstanding offensive performer in his league. Here are the nominees for each NL Central team:
- Chicago Cubs: Anthony Rizzo
- Cincinnati Reds: Joey Votto
- Milwaukee Brewers: Ryan Braun
- Pittsburgh Pirates: Andrew McCutchen
- St. Louis Cardinals: Matt Carpenter
No fear for Jake Arrieta
A Pirates fan took to Twitter to troll the Cubs ace prior to his start against Pittsburgh in the NL wild-card game this Wednesday. Arrieta wasn't phased by the fan's comments.
Grantland: The 30 Finale: Throw Your Hands Up Like Max Scherzer and Say Goodbye to the Regular Season
Before the Yankees and Astros square off tomorrow, let's sort through 2015 and take one last look at the good, the bad, and the Scherzer. It's the finale of the 30!
Cubs' pitcher Jake Arrieta joins Carmen and Jurko before his start in Wednesday's NL wild-card game to discuss how he will approach the Pirates and the season so far.
Tony Kornheiser is joined by Gary Braun and Chris Cillizza to discuss the Redskins' victory over the Eagles. Plus, Mark Maske talks NFL Week 4 and Michael Wilbon talks Cubs, Bears and Northwestern.
Kris Bryant has top selling MLB jersey
Nope, not Mike Trout, Bryce Harper or Clayton Kershaw. The Cubs rookie 3B had the best selling jersey in MLB during the regular season. Giants' Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey were No. 2 and 3 with Kershaw, Trout and Harper following.
Chris Coghlan has done enough to earn a spot in the starting lineup, a move that would strengthen the Chicago Cubs defensively at two positions.
Bryant poised for postseason impact
The frontrunner for NL Rookie of the Year, Kris Bryant will look to carry over his regular-season success into the playoffs for the Cubs. What other rookies are worth watching this postseason? Photo gallery
Pirates hold on to home field
Chicago did what it could to make things interesting by winning eight straight, but Pittsburgh's win on Sunday means the Bucs will host the Cubs in the NL wild-card game. The pitching matchup indicates a low-scoring affair. Sunday's Top 5
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant had the best-selling jersey in all of Major League Baseball during the regular season, according to sales on the league's official website.
Theo Epstein reflects on the Chicago Cubs' long road back to the playoffs, an incredible season and his hopes for the postseason.
The Cubs have built momentum heading into Wednesday's National League wild-card game, closing the regular season 46-19 in their final 65 games.
Cubs @ Pirates
PNC Park - Wed 10/7