The Chicago Cubs are on the road for the final week of the regular season, and they got things off to a good start with a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.
The Cubs are now leading the Central Division race by four and a half games after the St. Louis Cardinals lost on Monday night. The Cincinnati Reds did win, leaving them in a tie with the Reds for second place in the division.
Here is where the Cubs stand after play Monday.
Cubs’ Magic Number to Win Division: 4
The Cubs are now closer to a playoff berth and a division title, as their win and St. Louis' loss dropped their divisional magic number to just four with six games to play.
The Cubs' magic number to clinch a playoff spot is now at three, with the San Francisco Giants currently trailing the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
If the Season Ended Today…
For several days, the Cubs have been in a position to face the Philadelphia Phillies, but after the Phillies dropped to eighth place in the National League, the Cubs are now positioned to face the Cincinnati Reds, who are in a tie with the Cardinals for second place in the division.
The Cardinals hold the tiebreaker based on win-percentage, as they won't play all 60 of their games this season.
The Cubs will continue their four-game series against the Pirates on Tuesday, with Chicago hoping to potentially have a shot to clinch a playoff berth depending on the results of other games in the league.
The Cardinals will look to bounce back from Monday's loss with another game against the Royals, then will wrap up the season with a five-game series against the Brewers, including a doubleheader on Friday.
The Braves have a bit of a tough challenge, taking on the Miami Marlins, who are currently the sixth seed in the National League. They’ll then take on the Boston Red Sox to wrap up the season over the weekend.