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88-68, 1st in NL Cent

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Dodgers reach 100 wins for the first time since 1974. The Cubs are one win away from the NL Central title. The Rockies fail to increase their lead on the Brewers and Rockies. The magic number update: Cubs 1; Twins 2 (to clinch wild card); Red Sox 3 (to clinch AL East); Rockies 5 (to clinch wild card); Dodgers 2 (to clinch No. 1 seed in NL); Indians 5 (to clinch No. 1 seed in AL).

Russell: 'You don't get in front of a man and his nachos' (0:40)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester, on Nacho Man: "A guy (A.Russell) fell into him and got nacho cheese on his arm and now he's taking pictures and signing autographs so I guess that shows you where our society is at right now with all that stuff."


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Javier Baez discuss taking a foul ball off his knee. He says he thinks can play tomorrow.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jon Lester discuss his improved outing on Monday.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Addison Russell discuss his encounter with "Nacho Man" during Monday's game.

Cubs roll past Cardinals (1:13)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss Jon Lester's outing on Monday. It was better but there's still room for early improvement.


Russell brings nachos to Cards fan, Cubs near Central clinch

Addison Russell hit a three-run double in the first inning, then made a food run for fans in enemy territory while the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-2 Monday night to move within a win of cinching a second straight NL Central title.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs beat the Cardinals 10-2 clinching at least a tie for the division as Jon Lester had a nice bounce back start giving up just a run and five hits over six innings. Kris Bryant and Javier Baez both homered while Jon Jay and Tommy La Stella added RBI hits late in the game as the Cubs pulled away. A win tomorrow OR a Milwaukee loss against Cincinnati will secure the Cubs a second consecutive division title.

Bryant extends Cubs' lead with his 29th HR (0:21)
Baez 's 3-run homer strengthens Cubs' lead (0:26)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Coming off several rough outings in a row, Jon Lester did his job on Monday, holding the Cardinals to a run over six innings on 5 hits and 4 strikeouts. He gave up some hard hit balls, including a HR, but he never gave in, proving himself playoff capable. Or as close to it as he can be this late in the year after some struggles.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina left Monday's game against the Cubs after taking two foul balls off his face mask on consecutive pitches in the seventh inning. Kris Bryant fouled both back causing Molina to go down to the ground twice. At that point he left the game.

Nacho average foul ball (0:46)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the situation with Jon Lester who has struggled most of the year.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Jay leads off for the Cubs again while Ben Zobrist bats fifth and plays left field. Willson Contreras will catch Jon Lester who is coming off several rough outings in a row. The Cubs magic number is 2.

Elias Stein

Vote: Cubs Confidence Meter

The Cubs are on the verge of clinching the Central. Is a dynasty in the works at Wrigley? Or is there an outbreak of agita on the North Side? Vote now!

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Power Rankings: Cubs climb to top five

Guess who's warming up for October? The Cubs are on the verge of clinching the NL Central, and midseason acquisition Jose Quintana has a lot to do with that.

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1dDavid Schoenfield

Real or not? Cubs all but wrap up NL Central

It was a riveting four-game series in Milwaukee between the Cubs and Brewers, with the first three games all going 10 innings. But Chicago ended up taking three of four and is two games away from clinching.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

We're getting close to finalizing our 10 playoff spots, as the Diamondbacks have clinched a wild card, the Twins have all but clinched the second AL wild card, and the Red Sox and Cubs are close to wrapping up division titles. Our magic numbers: Cubs 2 (to win NL Central), Red Sox 3 (to win AL East), Twins 3 (to clinch wild card), Rockies 5 (to clinch wild card).

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2dJesse Rogers

Cubs: It'd be nice to clinch division in St. Louis

The St. Louis Cardinals have long been a thorn in the Chicago Cubs' side, and with a third consecutive postseason in sight, the Cubs are hoping to clinch the Central Division in St. Louis against their archrivals.

Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average4.0110th
Quality Starts76Tied-7th
Batting Average.25616th
On Base Percentage.3392nd
Slugging Percentage.4398th