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The Cubs’ playoff push: NL Wild Card race update

10 months agoJake Mozarsky

Following a mid-week sweep in Atlanta, the Cubs enter the final weekend needing to pile up wins to keep their playoff hopes alive. With one more loss than the Marlins, and the Marlins holding the tiebreaker, the Cubs will need to win at least two more games than Miami to make the postseason, as well as holding off the Cincinnati Reds.

Still, there is a chance for Chicago as the team heads to face a Milwaukee club who will be resting top pitchers as they gear up for the NL Wild Card round, and will be relying on a Pirates team that has shown signs of progress over the past few weeks. 

Here’s how the NL Wild Card standings look like entering the final series of the regular season. 

Wild Card 1: Philadelphia Phillies (89-70, +6.5 WCGB) 

Playoff Odds: Clinched a playoff spot 

Games Remaining: 3 

Remaining Schedule 

  • at New York Mets (3 games): 9/29-10/1  

Wild Card 2: Arizona Diamondbacks (84-75, +1.5 WCGB) 

Playoff Odds: 97.7% on Fangraphs, 97.9% on ESPN 

Games Remaining: 3 

Remaining Schedule 

  • vs. Houston Astros (3 games): 9/29-10/1  

Wild Card 3: Miami Marlins (82-76, —) 

Playoff Odds: 68.7% on Fangraphs, 68.3% on ESPN 

Games Remaining: 4 

Remaining Schedule 

  • at New York Mets: Game on 9/28 suspended in top of 9th inning, with Marlins leading 2-1 (game set to resume on Monday, 10/2, if necessary)
  • at Pittsburgh Pirates (3 games): 9/29-10/1  

The Cubs are on the outside looking in entering their final series of the season. 

Chicago Cubs (82-77, 0.5 WCGB) 

Playoff Odds: 25.7% on Fangraphs, 26.3% on ESPN 

Games Remaining: 3 

Remaining Schedule 

  • at Milwaukee Brewers (3 games): 9/29-10/1   

Cincinnati Reds (81-78, 1.5 WCGB) 

Playoff Odds: 7.9% on Fangraphs, 7.6% on ESPN 

Games Remaining: 3 

Remaining Schedule 

  • at St. Louis Cardinals (3 games): 9/29-10/1


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