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Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesAfter a thrilling Monday of bonus baseball to determine the NL Central and NL West champions http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-jedd-gyorko-jersey , the playoff bracket is finally set.The Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies both came up short in Game 163, and now they'll meet in the NL Wild Card Game for the right to move on to an NLDS matchup with the Milwaukee Brewers.Ahead is everything you need to know about this year's NL Wild Card Game, with the pertinent viewing information and a full preview of the game. NL Wild Card Game:Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago CubsWhere:Wrigley Field, ChicagoDate:Tuesday, October 2Time:8 p.m. ETTV:ESPNLive Stream:WatchESPN PreviewKyle FreelandChris Coduto/Getty ImagesThe Cubs head into the wild-card game with the bitter taste of squandering a division title and home-field advantage on the National League side of the bracket still fresh in their mouths.While they won 95 games, a 6-6 finish to the season ended up being all it took for the streaking Brewers to finish erasing what had been a five-game lead in the standings on Sept. 2.The Rockies, on the other hand, were in third place in the NL West standings at the start of the day on Sept. 2, but a 19-9 final month that included a plus-59 run differential was enough for them to leapfrog the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West standings and the St. Louis Cardinals in the wild-card picture.Now those two clubs face a win-or-go-home matchup at Wrigley Field.The Cubs will turn to veteran ace Jon Lester and his wealth of postseason experience, while the Rockies will hand the ball to young standout Kyle Freeland.Lester:32 GS, 18-6, 3.32 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 149 K, 181.2 IP, 3.4 WARFreeland:33 GS, 17-7, 2.85 ERA, 1.25 WHIP Carlos Martinez Jersey , 173 K, 202.1 IP, 8.4 WARLester last pitched on Thursday, when he threw six scoreless innings of three-hit ball against the Pittsburgh Pirates, so he'll be on normal rest.However, Freeland pitched on Friday, when he gave up 11 hits but just two runs against the Washington Nationals for his 17th win of the season.The 25-year-old has pitched on three days rest just once in his MLB career, and it did not go well. He lasted just three innings and allowed five hits and two earned runs.That could be the difference.That said, Freeland was solid against the Cubs at Wrigley Field back on April 30 in his lone start against them this year. He went seven innings and allowed six hits and three earned runs, taking the tough-luck loss.Lester also pitched in that game, allowing five hits and two unearned runs over 5.2 innings for a no-decision. That was his lone start against the Rockies this year.Anthony RizzoJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesThe two teams split the season series 3-3 and scored an identical 33 runs in the process, but their two meetings came at the end of April and start of May, so it's fair to say they are both different teams now.As far as hitters to watch, Anthony Rizzo is swinging a hot bat for the Cubs.He went 4-for-4 with two doubles on Sunday, then crushed a home run to deep right field on Monday.For the Rockies, David Dahl has crushed six home runs in his past eight games, and he posted a 1.012 OPS with nine home runs and 27 RBI in September.We've seen time and again that anything can happen in the wild-card game, so we won't bother making any predictions. But if the final month of the regular season is any indication of what we can expect from this year's postseason, buckle up.All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference. CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester felt he wasn’t as sharp as usual Lance Lynn Jersey , though the Cubs and their ace left-hander came through in the clutch.Lester combined with three relievers on a four-hitter, David Bote hit an early two-run triple and the Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 on Thursday night to open a one-game NL Central lead over Milwaukee heading into the final weekend of the season.A day after the Cubs and Brewers assured themselves of no worse than wild-card berths, Lester (18-6) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning and allowed three hits and four walks over six innings. He improved to 6-1 with a 1.71 ERA in his last eight starts.“His stuff looked normal from this side, but (Lester was) abnormal command-wise and he got through it,” manager Joe Maddon said. “He battled. He showed his mettle tonight.”The 34-year-old Lester said he ground out a “blue collar win” to keep the Cubs in first place.“Sometimes when you’re able to weave your way inside and out of trouble like tonight, these are the more rewarding wins than the ones where you have your good starts and are just able go out there and execute,” said Lester, who threw 66 of 108 pitches for strikes.Steve Cishek, Carl Edwards Jr. and Jesse Chavez followed, with Chavez pitching the ninth for his fourth save in five chances with Chicago.Chicago (93-66) hosts St. Louis (87-72) in the final series starting Friday, while Milwaukee (92-67) is at home against Detroit. The Cardinals (87-72) trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by one game for the second wild-card berth.The Cubs’ win means the NL Central champion, Chicago or Milwaukee, will finish with the league’s best record and will play the winner of Tuesday’s wild-card game. East champion Atlanta will play the West champion, Colorado or the Dodgers.And the Cubs, who didn’t celebrate after clinching a fourth straight postseason berth on Wednesday, want the division crown.“We’ve made the playoffs and nobody in that clubhouse is satisfied with that,” Lester said. “I think we call kind of expect to win the division.“We feel like that’s one of our goals and hopefully that comes to fruition this weekend. We’ll celebrate then.”Trevor Williams (14-10) gave up all three runs, eight hits and three walks in five innings. He had been 4-0 in six starts since losing to the Cubs on Aug. 17 and is 7-3 with a 1.38 ERA since the All-Star break.“I felt like it was a battle from the first pitch,” Williams said. “This is their third time seeing me this season http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-mark-mcgwire-jersey , and they can swing the bat.“It’s not going to give me a sour taste in my mouth, but it’s going fire me up for this offseason and make me work extra hard to finish next season strong.”Bote started at third base in place of Kris Bryant, who missed his second game with a sore left wrist after getting hit by a pitch by Chris Archer on Tuesday.Lester singled in the fourth and scored on Daniel Murphy’s single.WHAT IF?If the Cubs and Brewers finish tied for first, the Cubs would host an NL Central tiebreaker game Monday because Chicago won the season series 11-8.CROWDSThe crowd of 38,415 pushed the Cubs season attendance at Wrigley Field over the 3 million mark for the third straight season.RETURN OF KANGThe Pirates expect INF Jung Ho Kang to join the club Friday and be active for a season-ending series at Cincinnati in what would be his first major league appearance in two years. Kang, who plays third base and shortstop, hit .273 with 36 homers and 120 RBIs in 229 games for the Pirates in 2015 and 2016,The 31-year-old didn’t play in North America between September 2016 and June 2018 because of visa issues connected to three DUI arrests his native South Korea.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: OF Jordan Luplow underwent an appendectomy Thursday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. The 24-year-old appeared in 37 games this season.Cubs: Manager Joe Maddon said Bryant could start Friday against St. Louis. Bryant, the 2016 NL MVP, had two stints on the disabled list this season because of left shoulder inflammation.UP NEXTPirates: RHP Nick Kingham (5-7, 5.23) starts Friday at Cincinnati against RHP Anthony DeSclafani (7-7, 4.91).Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (13-11, 3.49) opens the series against the Cardinals vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (2-3, 4.08.) In his last six starts, Hendricks is 4-1 with a 1.37 ERA.

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