The Cubs are on the cusp of a World Series appearance, and they are the favorite.
The Cubs currently hold a 2.2-game lead in the NL Central, but that has dwindled over the past few weeks, as the Nationals have clinched a playoff spot.
The White Sox and Braves are also battling for the final wild card, while the Yankees and Yankees have the tiebreaker over the Cubs.
Here’s what you need to know about the Cubs and the Nationals.1.
Cubs win World Series The Cubs will host the Washington Nationals on Monday night.
If the Cubs win that game, they will win their first World Series title since 1908.
That’s what happened in the Cubs-Red Sox series in Boston in 1918.
The Red Sox lost that series, and the Cubs won that series as well, too.
The Nationals are the only team that hasn’t won a World Cup, and won one in 2017.
So if they lose this series, it will be their first time since 1948.2.
NL Central is tied at 1.
The NL Central holds the second wild card spot, and will be played Tuesday night.
The Dodgers, who are tied with the Brewers for the NL West lead, are the closest team in the standings.
But the Dodgers have been in the race for a playoff berth for months now, and have made it to the NLDS twice in a row.
If they lose, it would be their fifth consecutive loss to the Nationals, and fourth loss to a wild card team.3.
Nationals win Wild Card The Nationals will be the only wild card squad in the division.
They will host either the Giants or Braves in their next two games.
If either of those teams win, they’ll play in the wild card game against the Giants and the Braves.4.
Cubs sweep World Series It’s a sweep.
The two teams are tied at 2-2 in the National League Central standings.
If both teams win Tuesday night, the Cubs will sweep the division, securing a wild-card spot.5.
Nationals lose Wild Card To clinch a wild cards spot, the Nationals will need to beat the Braves, Braves and Dodgers.
They won’t have to beat either the Brewers or Braves.
The Giants, Brewers and Dodgers are tied for second place in the NFC East.
The Braves have a two-game advantage over the Brewers and Giants, but the Giants have a three-game edge over the Dodgers.6.
Cubs’ offense continues to explode The Cubs offense is exploding.
They’ve scored 11 runs in four games, and now have an ERA of 4.17.
That includes a two run game against Philadelphia on Monday.
The offense has hit .364 over the last two games, which is the highest mark in the majors.
The defense has been strong as well.
The Chicago defense has allowed a .206 batting average against and a .229 slugging percentage against, according to Baseball Prospectus.7.
Cubs will win World Cup The Cubs have clinged a playoff position in the NLCS.
They have won the last four postseason series, but have been swept by the Phillies and Dodgers in the past.
But this time, the Dodgers will be up against the Cubs, and it could be a battle to the finish.8.
Cubs, Nationals could clinch NL West title The Cubs and Nationals are tied atop the NL East with a one-game playoff lead.
If one team can get past the Dodgers in Chicago and win a wildcard spot, that would give the Cubs a two seed.
If it’s the Cubs who win that wild card and win the NL Wild Card, it could also give the Nationals a two and a half seed.9.
Cubs-Nats Series Could be the final World Series for NationalsThe Nationals and Cubs are tied in the lead in their respective division standings, but if the Nationals win Tuesday’s game, it gives them the tie-breaker over Atlanta in the second round.
If this series ends in a tie, Washington would win the series.
If a Cubs win Tuesday, they’d get the tiebreak over the Braves and the Giants.10.
Nationals won World Series in 2016 But they lost in five games in the World Series.
The National League Championship Series was a year ago, and Washington lost in seven games.
The only teams that have won it all are the Dodgers and Giants.11.
Cubs lose in five to Braves in World Series Game 7 could be the last World Series of Nationals’ lifeThe Cubs are one win away from tying the franchise record for consecutive games with a victory in the postseason.
The team lost in Game 7 of the Nats’ first-round series against the Braves in 2019, but was victorious in Game 8 in Atlanta.
The Nats lost that game to the Braves by two runs.
But in 2021, the Braves were one run away from becoming the only teams to win a World Baseball Classic.12.
Cubs get the win in Game 6 of World Series If they win Tuesday against the Nationals in the next series, they would get