Cubs clinch best record in National League, home field advantage throughout NL playoffs
The Cubs shut out the Cardinals 5-0 on Friday afternoon. Jake Arrieta dominated the high-flying Redbirds offense, allowing just five singles and one walk while striking out 10 in seven innings.
The Cubs inched closer to one of the team’s goals. Friday was the Cubs’ 98th win of the season, the most victories in a single-season since 1945. The Cubs improved to 98-55 on the year, a season-high 43 games over .500.
Joe Maddon has repeated over the last week since his team won the NL Central Division, the Cubs have two more team goals to reach in the regular season, winning 100 games and having home field advantage in the National League.
The Cubs clinched the best record in the National League and home field advantage throughout the NL playoffs late Friday night when the Pirates beat the Nationals 6-5 in 11 innings.
As long as they take care of business, the Cubs have made it to where the road to the Fall Classic runs through Wrigley Field.
The Cubs will continue to play the Cardinals the way they did Friday. Maddon has said he will not back off. The Cubs plan to make it as hard as possible for the Cardinals to qualify for the postseason tournament.
The Cubs have nine games remaining on the season and a lot of work to do over five-plus weeks.
The Cubs will play the winner of the NL Wild Card in the best-of-five National League Division Series. The Mets currently own the top spot in the NL Wild Card race. The Giants are a half-game in front of the Cardinals for the second NL Wild Card.