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A Cubs team that preaches a positive one-day-at-a-time attitude only has one more guaranteed game left this year. Jon Lester would be on any short list of pitchers you would want in a sudden-death situation.

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 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.

The veteran lefty is going to get the call against the Rockies Tuesday night at Wrigley Field in a "Win or Go Home" Wild Card contest just after 7 PM.

Waiting on the Cubs offense to show up is as frustrating as waiting on a CTA bus in a downpour, and for much of the postseason opener it was more of the same. As for the bullpen, Cole Hamels will be available in relief and Pedro Strop could see his first action since September 13.

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Freeland, the Rockies' quiet ace, dominated for 6 ²/₃ innings on three days' rest.

It was the least the Cubs could do after putting their fans through the ringer this season, a six-month grind that had everyone on edge from start to finish. If we do that, there's no team that can beat us, and they know that, so that's why they run their mouth a lot, because they know we're the best.

"We've got to stop worry about other teams", Baez said pregame Tuesday. "Even when we're struggling we're ahead of everybody".

Maddon is one of the game's great free thinkers.