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NL pennant odds have Chicago as favorite

From Westgate Las Vegas:

  • Chicago: 3-2
  • New York: 2-1
  • Los Angeles: 4-1
  • St. Louis: 9-2

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Wayne Drehs ESPN Senior Writer 

Entering Tuesday's Game 4 of the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals the Chicago Cubs have never clinched a postseason series at Wrigley Field. It sets the stage for a day that could be unlike any other at the Chicago corner of Clark and Addison.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon says starter Jason Hammel will pitch deep into Game 4 if he "knows where his fastball is going." Hammel has had first inning issues. Watch early for command.

Monday's homers by the numbers

Stats & Info provides a breakdown of the 21 home runs hit between Monday's four divisional games.

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Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

News from Maddon today: Russell prob doubtful for a Game 5. Hendricks avail in bullpen today, Arrieta would NOT be in a Game 5 situation

Molina scratched from Game 4 lineup

After initially being listed as a starter, Yadier Molina was scratched and Tony Cruz will take his place for the Cardinals. Molina was pulled from Monday's game and missed the end of the regular season with a strained ligament in his left thumb.

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, 

Mike Matheny says Yadi Molina is able to catch but not swing a bat. So "if something happened in this game and we needed a catcher to come in, it would be Yadi and we'd be all right with that."

Utley's appeal hearing set

Chase Utley's appeal of his two-game suspension is scheduled to be heard on Oct. 19, according to the Los Angeles Times. He'll remain active for the remainder of the NLDS.

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Chipper: Utley's slide was 'out of bounds'

Former Braves 3B Chipper Jones said of Chase Utley's controversial slide in Game 2 of the NLDS: "Quite frankly it was a little unnecessary to be honest with you. ... When you go airborne to get a guy, to me that's out of bounds."


Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Steven Matz becomes fourth rookie pitcher in #Mets history to start a postseason game, joining Gary Gentry, John Maine and Noah Syndergaard.

Today's MLB playoff schedule

  • Cardinals at Cubs, 4:37 p.m. ET (CHC leads series 2-1) -- J. Lackey vs. J. Hammel
  • Dodgers at Mets, 8:07 p.m. ET (NYM leads series 2-1) -- C. Kershaw vs. S. Matz
Postseason coverage, schedules


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Here's the Cardinals' lineup for game 4. Facing elimination, John Lackey pitches on three days rest. C Yadier Molina was lifted early yesterday due to thumb discomfort, but he's back in there. Randal Grichuk goes in CF. He's 2-for-6 off with a HR off Cubs starter Jason Hammel.

Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

1969 Mets Ron Swoboda and Ed Charles will throw ceremonial first pitches before Game 4 at Citi Field.

Mets in right place to clinch

New York's record in series-clinching games has been much better at home than on the road. The Mets (up 2-1 in the NLDS) host the Dodgers at Citi Field in Game 4.

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Hey Cubs fans: How do you feel?

Reese Waters was in Chicago recently, where he made sure to order the 'Cubs heartbreak', or pancakes covered in tears. But surprisingly, there's also optimism in the Windy City.


Cubs looking to take two at Wrigley

Only twice since 1907 has Chicago won consecutive home games in a single postseason. The last time it did, Ronald Reagan was in office.

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Can Mets, Cubs close out series?

Said Jemele Hill on His & Hers: "The momentum has completely shifted in the favor of both the Cubs and the Mets respectively."


AL pennant odds have Toronto as favorite

From Westgate Las Vegas:

  • Toronto: 13-10
  • Kansas City: 2-1
  • Texas: 9-2
  • Houston: 5-1

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Addison Russell not in the starting lineup (hamstring) for Game 4 of the division series between the Cubs and Cardinals. Javier Baez plays SS in his place and bats ninth.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

AccuWeather forecast for Cubs/Cards Game 4 this aft. calls for windy conditions again during the first 3-5 innings with speeds of 12-20 mph out towards right field. First pitch should be about 60 degrees then temperatures should drop.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the AccuWeather forecast for Game 4 of the NLDS between the Mets and Dodgers on Tuesday at 8:07 p.m. at Citi Field: There will be some showers in the area this afternoon through 7 p.m. These will be light and most likely will not impact pregame activities. If showers linger through 8-9 p.m., they are not expected to be heavy enough to cause a delay. The wind during the game will blow out toward right field at 7-14 mph. The temperature at first pitch will be a mild 66 degrees, then fall only slightly to 63 by the end of the game.