"We'll be ready. This team has responded all year, " said Anthony Rizzo, who homered for Chicago's run.
Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire thinks playing in a playoff-like atmosphere is a good learning opportunity for his team, still in the very preliminary stages of a full-blown rebuild. He hurt his elbow late in the season at Los Angeles, missing five games, but has quickly picked up where he left off.
Los Angeles now hosts Atlanta in the best-of-five NL Division Series beginning Thursday.
In a big league first, a pair of tiebreaking Game 163s will be played on the same day to sort out the NL playoff picture.
The Brewers looked as if they had a crucial win locked up in the top of eighth with normally lights-out reliever Josh Hader on to pitch with a two-run lead.
"To win 95 and do it the way we did is still not enough, as of today", Maddon explained to Yahoo Sports.
The AL playoff scenario is set. "They really came out and showed their support for us this last series". (3-2, 2.60), LH Brian Duensing (3-0, 7.65), LH Randy Rosario (4-0, 3.66), RH Jesse Chavez (5-2, 2.55, 5/6 saves for Rangers and Cubs; 2-1, 1.15, 4/5 saves, 31 games with Cubs), RH Brandon Kintzler (3-3, 4.60 for Nationals and Cubs; 2-1, 7.00 with Cubs), LH Jorge De La Rosa (0-2, 3.38 for Diamondbacks and Cubs; 0-0, 1.29 with Cubs), LH Cole Hamels (9-12, 3.78 for Rangers and Cubs; 4-3, 2.36 in 12 starts with Cubs), LH Mike Montgomery (5-6, 3.99 in 38 games, 19 starts). The Nationals scratched ace Max Scherzer in a game with no meaning for them and started rookie Erick Fedde. Walker Buehler (7-5, 2.76 ERA) tries to help the Dodgers win their sixth straight division title when he starts at San Francisco.
"Excited about it", manager Bud Black said.
Season Series: Tied 3-3.
Jose Quintina will be the Cubs starting pitcher on Monday per NBC Chicago. Quintana is 13-11 with a 4.09 ERA this year, but 4-1 with a 2.17 ERA against Milwaukee this year. The Brewers haven't announced their starter. The Brewers moved past the Tigers 11-0, while the Cubs beat the Cardinals 10-5.
Christian Yelich's easy smile and champagne-soaked T-shirt said it all. "We're looking forward to it".
They beat Pittsburgh in the wild card-game in 2015 after finishing third in the division behind St. Louis and the Pirates.
Yelich singled home Milwaukee's first run and won the NL batting title with a.326 average. If Chicago held on, it would host the Brewers at Wrigley Field on Monday in a one-game matchup for the division title. He had 110 RBIs, one behind the Cubs' Javier Baez, and finished with 36 home runs, two shy of Colorado's Nolan Arenado.