Cubs’ Central Division Clinching Scenarios

The Chicago Cubs have won nine of their last 10 games, and they are zeroing in on their second straight division title and third straight playoff appearance.

The key to the team’s surge has been a winning streak against the teams chasing them in the National League Central, as they’ve won two straight games against the Milwaukee Brewers and recently swept a three game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

With their division lead sitting at five games and their magic number sitting at five, fans are asking themselves: when can the Cubs clinch the division title?

If everything falls to plan, the earliest the Cubs can clinch is on Monday when they take on the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Two more wins against the Brewers would eliminate them from Central Division contention, and would at a minimum drop the Cubs’ magic number in the Central to three.

That’s where the Pittsburgh Pirates come in. Assuming Cubs victories, if the Pirates beat the Cardinals even once out of the next two games at PNC Park, the Cubs would come into Busch Stadium with a magic number of two, and just one win in the four game series against St. Louis would clinch the division title for the Cubs.

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Best Case Scenario:

The ultimate best case scenario would occur If the Cubs win both games and the Cardinals lose both of their games this weekend. In that scenario, the Cubs would come into Busch Stadium having clinched at least a share of the NL Central title, meaning that just one more Cubs win or one more Cardinals loss would wrap up the division for Chicago.

Worst Case Scenario:

As for the absolute worst case scenario, the Cubs could go into St. Louis with the magic number still sitting at five if they lose both games against Milwaukee and if St. Louis sweeps the Pirates. In that scenario, the Cubs could clinch no earlier than Wednesday, and they would need to win their first three games against the Cardinals AND for the Brewers to lose their first two games against the Cincinnati Reds next week.

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