April 16, 2021

Cubs clinch National League Central title

The Cubs have clinched the National League Central title with the Brewers’ 3-0 win over the Cardinals on Saturday. The Cubs’ last division title came back in 2017.

After accomplishing their first goal by clinching a postseason berth in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, their NL Central crown now completes their second goal as they look to make a deep playoff run.

The division title comes as a bounce back for the Cubs after two disappointing finishes, missing the playoffs last season and being bounced in the 2018 NL Wild Card game by the Rockies. They now return to the postseason this season with the hopes of making a deep run.

“It would be fantastic. I mean, we go out there, and we take care of business, especially with what’s happened kind of the last two years,” Kyle Schwarber said about clinching the division. “[2018], we let it slip by and [2019] going home early, it didn’t feel didn’t feel to good and we want to be able to go out there, take care, take care of business.

The Cubs also clinched the No. 3 spot in the NL and will play the No. 6 seed in next week’s Wild Card round. All three games will be played at Wrigley Field.

If the playoffs began on Saturday, the Cubs would host the Miami Marlins, who clinched a spot in the postseason on Friday.

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