Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich has one game left to play and is making a run at the Triple Crown, and there is a scenario in which his own team's decision to not challenge a call could prevent him from accomplishing the rare feat. The Cubs lost to the Brewers.
The Brewers, meanwhile, are off until Thursday, when they will host the victor of that wildcard game in the opener of the NL Division Series.
Game 3 will be held in either Chicago or Denver, based on who wins the Wild Card game.
"I don't know if there is anybody better in the big leagues in a situation like this", said Cubs infielder Daniel Murphy, who faced Lester in the 2015 playoffs with the Mets and the 2017 postseason with the Nationals.
Then it is on to the World Series starting October 23. The 34-year-old went 6-1 with a 1.71 ERA over his last eight starts, and he threw six scoreless frames to beat Pittsburgh in his regular-season finale. The win gave the Brewers home field advantage.
It's a criss-cross kind of trip and it's one that the Rockies hoped they weren't going to have to make.