The Chicago Cubs have clinched a playoff berth after the San Francisco Giants lost 5–4 to the Oakland Athletics on Friday night. Chicago missed an opportunity to secure a postseason trip after losing 3–2 to the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier in the afternoon.
Chicago will make its first playoff appearance since 2008 when the team failed to make it out of the National League Divisional Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Chicago remains in contention for the National League Central title. The St. Louis Cardinals lead the Cubs in the NL Central by 7 1/2 games. St. Louis leads Pittsburgh by three games. As of right now, the Cubs and the Pirates will face each other in a one-game playoff scheduled for Oct. 7. The team that finishes with the best final regular season record will serve as the host.
Chicago last appeared in the World Series in 1945 and has not won it since 1908.
- Christopher Chavez