The Chicago Cubs will be playing beyond Sunday, but the final day of the regular season will determine their postseason fate. The Cubs are tied with the Milwaukee Brewers atop the National League Central, and Chicago's regular-season finale against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals will help determine which team is the top seed in the NL playoffs and which is relegated to the wild-card game.



The Cubs' narrow lead in the division dissipated with a 2-1 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday coupled with Milwaukee's 6-5 win over Detroit. If the Cubs and Brewers remain tied after Sunday, they would play a one-game tiebreaker Monday at Wrigley Field. The Cardinals were eliminated from the playoff race Saturday despite snapping their four-game losing streak. St. Louis has failed to make the postseason in three consecutive years for the first time since 1997-99.

TV: 3:20 p.m. ET, FS Midwest (St. Louis), NBCS Chicago



PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Jack Flaherty (8-8, 3.16 ERA) vs. Cubs LH Mike Montgomery (5-6, 3.99)

Flaherty is limping to the finish of what has otherwise been a strong rookie campaign. The 22-year-old is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in September, and the Cardinals have lost all five of his start this month. He has been terrific in two starts against the Cubs, allowing one run and four hits over 10 innings with 16 strikeouts.

Montgomery didn't have it last time out in a loss to Pittsburgh, allowing five runs and seven hits in four-plus innings. The 29-year-old has pitched past the fifth frame only once in his last five starts, posting a whopping 5.64 ERA over that span. Montgomery is 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 11 career games (two starts) against the Cardinals.



WALK-OFFS

1. Chicago 2B Daniel Murphy is 15-for-39 during a nine-game hitting streak, his longest since joining the Cubs.

2. Cardinals OF Marcell Ozuna is 9-for-20 during a five-game hitting streak against the Cubs.

3. Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo has reached base in each of his last 13 games against the Cardinals.



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Chasen Shreve Pitching order:2
Batting order:9 Slot:2
Position: Reliever (RP)
Austin Gomber Pitching order:3
Batting order:9 Slot:4
Position: Reliever (RP)
Tyler Webb Pitching order:4
Batting order:9 Slot:6
Position: Reliever (RP)
Dakota Hudson Pitching order:5
Batting order:9 Slot:7
Position: Reliever (RP)
Daniel Poncedeleon Pitching order:6
Batting order:9 Slot:8
Position: Reliever (RP)
Mike Mayers Pitching order:7
Batting order:1 Slot:2
Position: Reliever (RP)
Jack Flaherty Pitching order:1
Batting order:9 Slot:1
Position: Starter (SP)
Tyler O'Neill Batting order:4 Slot:1
Position: Left Outfield (LF)
Francisco Pena Batting order:8 Slot:1
Position: Catcher (C)
Yairo Munoz Batting order:7 Slot:1
Position: Second Base (2B)
2nd Position: (3B)
Adolis Garcia Batting order:9 Slot:3
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
Greg Garcia Batting order:9 Slot:5
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
Edmundo Sosa Batting order:9 Slot:9
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
2nd Position: (2B)
Harrison Bader Batting order:6 Slot:1
Position: Center Outfield (CF)
Jose Martinez Batting order:2 Slot:1
Position: Right Outfield (RF)
Patrick Wisdom Batting order:5 Slot:1
Position: Third Base (3B)
2nd Position: (1B)
Paul DeJong Batting order:3 Slot:1
Position: Shortstop (SS)
Matt Carpenter Batting order:1 Slot:1
Position: First Base (1B)

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Allen Webster Pitching order:2
Batting order:9 Slot:2
Position: Reliever (RP)
Alec Mills Pitching order:3
Batting order:9 Slot:4
Position: Reliever (RP)
Carl Edwards Jr. Pitching order:4
Batting order:9 Slot:5
Position: Reliever (RP)
Randy Rosario Pitching order:5
Batting order:9 Slot:6
Position: Reliever (RP)
Brandon Kintzler Pitching order:6
Batting order:9 Slot:7
Position: Reliever (RP)
Steve Cishek Pitching order:7
Batting order:9 Slot:8
Position: Reliever (RP)
Jaime Garcia Pitching order:8
Batting order:9 Slot:10
Position: Reliever (RP)
Jorge De La Rosa Pitching order:9
Batting order:9 Slot:11
Position: Reliever (RP)
Mike Montgomery Pitching order:1
Batting order:9 Slot:1
Position: Starter (SP)
Kyle Schwarber Batting order:7 Slot:1
Position: Left Outfield (LF)
Willson Contreras Batting order:8 Slot:1
Position: Catcher (C)
Daniel Murphy Batting order:1 Slot:1
Position: Second Base (2B)
Albert Almora Jr. Batting order:7 Slot:2
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
2nd Position: (CF)
Victor Caratini Batting order:9 Slot:3
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
Tommy La Stella Batting order:9 Slot:9
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
Jason Heyward Batting order:6 Slot:1
Position: Center Outfield (CF)
2nd Position: (RF)
Ben Zobrist Batting order:2 Slot:1
Position: Right Outfield (RF)
2nd Position: (2B)
David Bote Batting order:1 Slot:2
Position: Third Base (3B)
Kris Bryant Batting order:5 Slot:1
Position: Third Base (3B)
2nd Position: (LF)
Javier Baez Batting order:3 Slot:1
Position: Shortstop (SS)
Anthony Rizzo Batting order:4 Slot:1
Position: First Base (1B)

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