Chicago will trot out its veteran southpaw to start as Jon Lester will toe the rubber on Tuesday night.
The losing team will go on to play in the one-game National League Wild Card game, with the victor getting a few days off before advancing to the NL Division Series.
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Getting a little nervous, Cubs fans?
The Cubs lost their National League Central tiebreaker game to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday, while the Rockies lost their National League West tiebreaker game to the Los Angeles Dodgers. They're focused on the Lester with the Cubs now - and lately he's been very good. Nolan Arenado's sacrifice fly to center brought home the go-ahead run, and though Lester got out of the inning with no further damage, the Cubs were back in their familiar come-from-behind mode.
"It's the seventh game of the World Series right out of the chute", Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters. Even though this marked the fourth consecutive postseason appearance for the Cubs, a franchise record, there are many questions facing the team. "PESPT0015782-topic.html">Albert Almora Jr., who batted.232 in the second half, and rookie David Bote, who hit.169 after August 28.
But after Almora singled to lead off the second, Freeland retired the next 12 hitters through the fifth inning, and the zeroes on the old center field scoreboard kept piling up as the night went on.