The unprecedented schedule in baseball on Monday, with two tiebreakers, makes this feel like a consolation game, but it shouldn't be - and it isn't.
If they win, they can sit back and watch the Wild Card games like regular fans resting up until they play again on Thursday.
The Cubs had won 95 games and led the National League in hitting in spite of all their woes, but the fact they had to settle for a wild-card game was a big blow to a club that had walked the walk the last three years.
The comments from Baez come a day after the Brewers beat the Cubs, 3-1, at Wrigley Field to clinch the NL Central title.
Jon Lester will be starting, squaring off against fellow lefty Kyle Freeland. It was another very disappointing appearance, and I remarked that I'm not sure the Cubs could justify carrying him on a postseason roster at this point. He started the Cubs' last Wild Card Game and will be making his 22nd postseason start against the Rockies. It was the only time this season Freeland has faced the Cubs.
The opposing pitcher in that game?
He'll be facing a loaded lineup that features Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, both of whom hit home runs in the NL West playoff loss to Los Angeles on Monday.
For the Rockies, it will be the third game in three days in three different time zones. After finishing off the Washington Nationals on Sunday at Coors Field, the Rockies left for California.
Chicago and Colorado were the first to whittle down their 40-man regular-season rosters, expanded from 25 on September 1, back to the 25-man limit.