The Cubs are the 2016 National League Central Division Champions
The best team in baseball took its first step toward the ultimate goal late Thursday night. The Cubs clinched the NL Central Division title with the Cardinals losing to the Giants by a final of 6-2.
The Cubs dropped the opener of the four-game series with the Brewers and were unable to celebrate the division crown on Thursday night. The Cubs plan on celebrating the franchise’s first division title in eight years following Friday afternoon’s game with the Brewers.
The Cubs are NL Central Division Champions for the first time since 2008 and for the fourth time in the last 13 years.
The Cubs have six titles (two NL Eastern Division, four NL Central Division) since divisional play began in 1969. And for the fourth time in franchise history (1885-86, 1906-08, 2007-08, 2015-16) the Cubs will play postseason baseball in consecutive seasons.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 16, 2016
The Cubs are 40 games over .500 with a 93-53 record on the season with 16 games left on the schedule. The Cubs have a six game lead on the Washington Nationals for best record in the National League and home field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.
Joe Maddon said after Thursday’s game, “This is just the first step. We have much larger baseball fish to fry in our skillet.”