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Wrigley Weekly Wrap-up


anthonyrizzoThe Cubs have been on top of the National League standings for most of the season and on Friday that top spot became official. After the Cubs beat the Cardinals 5-0 on Friday afternoon, the Nationals lost 5-6 in the 11th inning in Pittsburgh, which guaranteed the Cubs home-field advantage in both the NL Division Series and the NL Championship Series. If Chicago gets to the World Series, the American League has home-field advantage because they won the All-Star Game back in July. But the Cubs will open the best-of-five NLDS at Wrigley Field on October 7th against the winner of the NL Wild Card Game – most likely the Mets, Giants, or Cardinals. Game 2 (October 8th) and Game 5 (October 13th, if necessary) would also be at Wrigley. If the Cubs advance, they would face the winner of the other NLDS, which figures to put the Dodgers against the Nationals. In that best-of-seven contest, Games 1-2 would be at Wrigley, along with Games 6-7, if necessary.

Looking Ahead: The Cubs start a four-game series against the Pirates at PNC Park on Monday. The Cubs probable starters are Kyle Hendricks on Monday, John Lackey on Tuesday, Jake Arrieta on Wednesday, and Rob Zastryzny on Thursday to close out the series.

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