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On Monday, the Cubs were defeated by the Milwaukee Brewers for the NL Central division crown while the Rockies were taken down by the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL West title.

Given that ESPN is broadcasting the Wild Card Game, we think they probably should have known this before. The victor will advance to the NLDS to face the Brewers. This team just let two different teams come into their home ballpark and celebrate on their field on consecutive nights.

Those types of accomplishments carry less weight around the game than they used to, as evidenced by the Yankees and Nationals parting ways with Joe Girardi and Dusty Baker, respectively, after trips to the playoffs last season. Finally, during the thirteenth, the Rox got the run they needed courtesy of an unlikely hero, third-string catcher Tony Wolters, and then kept the Cubs quiet during their final at-bat.

The Cubs got another chance when Anthony Rizzo singled with two outs in the eighth, and Maddon went for it.

Game 3 will be held in either Chicago or Denver, based on who wins the Wild Card game.

The Rockies and Cubs battled in extra innings, but neither offense could get going until the Rockies struck in the 13th inning. However, Adam Ottavino struck out Jason Heyward to end the threat.

It's hard to argue with Maddon's track record since coming to Wrigleyville, as the Cubs have a 387-261 record and four postseason appearances in his four seasons as manager, highlighted by the curse-breaking 2016 World Series championship.

Lester knows what he's talking about, though: Tuesday marked the 26th postseason outing of his 13-year career (22nd start), which is more than the entire Rockies roster combined. This was the team that tied for the most wins in the National League. Lester pitched six innings giving up four hits and one earned run while walking only one and striking out nine.

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