The stakes couldn't have been higher for the Cubs and the Brewers as they battled it out for the NL Central title on Monday. Jon Lester would be on any short list of pitchers you would want in a sudden-death situation.
This will be the fourth time Lester has pitched in a "Win or Go Home" game in his playoff career and his second with the Cubs, although this will be his first start.
The victor of that game will face the victor of the Brewers-Cubs game in the best-of-five NLDS. The Rockies played extremely well down the stretch and caught and passed the Los Angeles Dodgers, but Colorado lost in the tiebreaker game on the road. He'll be opposed by Kyle Freeland of the Rockies, who is 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA, but he will be making his first playoff start.
Both teams earned their place in the game with losses in tiebreakers Monday.
Dahl, a left-handed hitter, hit third during the final two weeks of the regular season - he recently had a five-game home run streak - including during Monday's tiebreaker game, but he has been moved down the lineup a bit against Lefties. All four teams are in the postseason, which officially gets underway on Tuesday with the National League Wild Card game.
In the Central, the Brewers blanked the Detroit Tigers 11-0 for their 95th win of the season against 67 losses.
Should they do that, the Cubs will have a great shot to keep their postseason going beyond just one game.