The Milwaukee Brewers finished the season with eight-straight wins and the eighth is the one that won the Central Division title over the Chicago Cubs. It was a battle like many others this season between the two teams and when the smoke cleared, it was the Brewers coming out on top, 3-1 over the rival Cubs.
The win gave the Brewers the best record in the National League at 96-67 and guarantees them home field advantage throughout the National League playoffs. The Cubs, with a 95-68 record, the second best in the National League, but it gets them nothing more than a spot in Tuesday nights wildcard game.
If the Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies in tonight’s wildcard game, they would meet the Brewers in Milwaukee in the first round NLDS starting Thursday night at Miller Park.
The Brewers went 20-7 since the first of September and trailed the Cubs by five games on Labor Day and 3 1/2 games on Sept. 18. At that point in time, most followers believed the Brewers were playing for a wildcard. But the Brewers themselves never gave up on the division.
The Cubs hosted game number 163 because they won the season series 11-8. Chicago fans invested heavily in their team by purchasing tickets at Miller Park during the regular season. Brewers fans did the same for game 163 on Monday. They were plentiful and boisterous throughout the game. [Read more…]