One day after letting their division titles slip away, the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies find themselves facing elimination. Both teams lost division tiebreakers Monday, setting up Tuesday's winner-take-all Wild Card game at Wrigley Field in Chicago.



The Rockies are in the Wild Card game for the second consecutive year after losing to Arizona last season, while the Cubs last played in the Wild Card game in 2015, beating Pittsburgh. "It's the seventh game of the World Series right out of the chute," Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters. Both teams hope to get their bats going after the offenses fell flat Monday. Anthony Rizzo's solo shot accounted for the Cubs' lone run in a 3-1 loss to Milwaukee, while Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story hit back-to-back blasts to get the Rockies on the board in their 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN



PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies LH Kyle Freeland (17-7, 2.85 ERA) vs. Cubs LH Jon Lester (18-6, 3.32)

Freeland's breakout season closed with an incredible run of 11 consecutive quality starts in which the 25-year-old went 8-0 with a 2.18 ERA. Freeland surprisingly pitched better at home than on the road, where he was 7-5 with a 3.23 ERA in 18 starts. That included a loss at Wrigley Field on April 30 in which he allowed three runs over seven innings.

Lester is no stranger to October baseball, as he's set to make his 22nd postseason start and his second in the Wild Card game. The 34-year-old went 6-1 with a 1.71 ERA over his last eight starts, and he threw six scoreless frames to beat Pittsburgh in his regular-season finale. Lester is 1-3 with a 2.25 ERA in five career starts against the Rockies, and he allowed two unearned runs over 5 2/3 frames in a no-decision April 30.



WALK-OFFS

1. The Rockies won nine of 10 games prior to Monday's loss - their fifth straight against the Dodgers.

2. Arenado (38) led the NL in home runs, while Cubs INF Javier Baez (111) led the NL in RBIs.

3. Cubs RHP Pedro Strop (hamstring) told reporters he will be available to pitch Tuesday. Strop has not pitched since Sept. 13.



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Adam Ottavino Pitching order:2
Batting order:8 Slot:2
Position: Reliever (RP)
Wade Davis Pitching order:3
Batting order:1 Slot:2
Position: Reliever (RP)
Seunghwan Oh Pitching order:4
Batting order:1 Slot:4
Position: Reliever (RP)
Chris Rusin Pitching order:5
Batting order:6 Slot:2
Position: Reliever (RP)
Scott Oberg Pitching order:6
Batting order:9 Slot:3
Position: Reliever (RP)
Kyle Freeland Pitching order:1
Batting order:9 Slot:1
Position: Starter (SP)
Matt Holliday Batting order:5 Slot:1
Position: Left Outfield (LF)
Gerardo Parra Batting order:5 Slot:2
Position: Left Outfield (LF)
Tony Wolters Batting order:6 Slot:3
Position: Catcher (C)
Chris Iannetta Batting order:8 Slot:1
Position: Catcher (C)
Drew Butera Batting order:9 Slot:2
Position: Catcher (C)
DJ LeMahieu Batting order:2 Slot:1
Position: Second Base (2B)
Pat Valaika Batting order:1 Slot:3
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
Charlie Blackmon Batting order:1 Slot:1
Position: Center Outfield (CF)
David Dahl Batting order:7 Slot:1
Position: Right Outfield (RF)
2nd Position: (CF)
Carlos Gonzalez Batting order:8 Slot:3
Position: Right Outfield (RF)
Nolan Arenado Batting order:3 Slot:1
Position: Third Base (3B)
Trevor Story Batting order:4 Slot:1
Position: Shortstop (SS)
Ryan McMahon Batting order:1 Slot:5
Position: First Base (1B)
Ian Desmond Batting order:6 Slot:1
Position: First Base (1B)

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Jesse Chavez Pitching order:2
Batting order:9 Slot:3
Position: Reliever (RP)
Randy Rosario Pitching order:3
Batting order:8 Slot:3
Position: Reliever (RP)
Steve Cishek Pitching order:4
Batting order:8 Slot:4
Position: Reliever (RP)
Pedro Strop Pitching order:5
Batting order:8 Slot:5
Position: Reliever (RP)
Cole Hamels Pitching order:6
Batting order:8 Slot:7
Position: Reliever (RP)
Justin Wilson Pitching order:7
Batting order:8 Slot:9
Position: Reliever (RP)
Kyle Hendricks Pitching order:8
Batting order:8 Slot:10
Position: Reliever (RP)
Jorge De La Rosa Pitching order:9
Batting order:8 Slot:11
Position: Reliever (RP)
Jon Lester Pitching order:1
Batting order:9 Slot:1
Position: Starter (SP)
Kris Bryant Batting order:2 Slot:1
Position: Left Outfield (LF)
2nd Position: (3B)
Willson Contreras Batting order:7 Slot:1
Position: Catcher (C)
Daniel Murphy Batting order:6 Slot:1
Position: Second Base (2B)
2nd Position: (1B)
Tommy La Stella Batting order:8 Slot:2
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
Kyle Schwarber Batting order:8 Slot:6
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
Victor Caratini Batting order:8 Slot:8
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
Ian Happ Batting order:9 Slot:2
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
Jason Heyward Batting order:9 Slot:4
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
2nd Position: (RF)
Albert Almora Jr. Batting order:5 Slot:1
Position: Center Outfield (CF)
Ben Zobrist Batting order:1 Slot:1
Position: Right Outfield (RF)
2nd Position: (2B)
David Bote Batting order:8 Slot:1
Position: Third Base (3B)
Javier Baez Batting order:4 Slot:1
Position: Shortstop (SS)
Anthony Rizzo Batting order:3 Slot:1
Position: First Base (1B)
Terrance Gore Batting order:3 Slot:2
Position: Pinch Runner (PR)
2nd Position: (LF)

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