Cubs, Marlins Set to Meet After Bumpy Paths to Postseason
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are set to host the Miami Marlins in a best-of-three wild-card series starting Wednesday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the NL Central at 34-26 in manager Davis Ross’ first season, reaching the playoffs for the fifth time in six years. It wasn’t exactly an easy ride, though. Yu Darvish put himself in contention for the NL Cy Young Award, but Kris Bryant, Javier Báez, Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras each struggled as the offense sputtered. The Marlins are in the playoffs for the first time since winning the 2003 World Series. They knocked off the Cubs in a memorable NLCS that year before taking out the New York Yankees.