After a historic Monday in Major League Baseball with two divisional tiebreakers played on the same day, the losing teams in both of those games — the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs — square off on Tuesday in the one-game, winner-take-all National League Wild Card playoff game, a game in which the Cubs are heavily favored, according to Yahoo! Sports, and one that will live stream from Wrigley Field.
After dropping a lackluster 5-2 decision to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in the NL West tiebreaker Monday, the Rockies go on the road for a second day in row to face the Cubs, which would appear to put the Rockies at a significant disadvantage. Colorado won 44 road games compared to 47 home games, per Baseball Reference, but perhaps more important, the team scored just 335 runs in road games — 110 fewer than at home.
But the Rockies also allowed 57 fewer runs on the road than at Coors Field, and they will look to their staff ace, 25-year-old second-year lefty Kyle Freeland, to continue that trend. Freeland compiled an impressive 17-7 record and 2.85 ERA in his second full season, per BR, after the Rockies drafted him in the first round, eighth overall, in 2014 out of the University of Evansville in Indiana.
To find out how to watch a free live stream of the Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago Cubs Tuesday National League Wild Card game, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. Central Daylight Time at the 42,500-seat Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, on Monday, October 1. That start time will be 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 5 p.m. Pacific.
The Cubs missed out on their third straight NL Central Division pennant Monday when they were edged 3-1 in their tiebreaker game by the Milwaukee Brewers, as the MLB website reported. On Tuesday they will need veteran lefty Jon Lester, who led the NL with 18 wins against just six losses, to pitch Chicago to a win to give the Cubs a chance at returning to the World Series for what would be the second time in three years.
Lester’s 18 wins were the second highest total of his career, after his 19-win 2010 season for the Boston Red Sox. He also brings a respectable 3.32 ERA into the game, which translates to an ERA+ of 129, according to BR — an advanced stat in which the average league ERA is represented by the number 100.
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An audio-only live stream of the Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago Cubs NL Wild Card game will be available on the TuneIn Radio site.