Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals LIVE Stream.Now that the Wild Card business is out of the way, it’s time to proceed to the National League Division Series. This one pits the NL East champion Washington Nationals against the NL Central champion Chicago Cubs. It’s a battle of two powerhouses, as the Nationals won 97 games after winning 95 last season while the Cubs are now in the playoffs for the third straight year and the first year in over a century as the defending champions.
he Nationals won the season series four games to three, outscoring the Cubs 39-28. Cubs manager Joe Maddon is 28-28 career in the postseason, with two pennants and one World Series. Nationals manager Dusty Baker is 21-29 with one pennant. He’s won his division with four different teams (Giants, Cubs, Reds, Nats), but the biggest prize has eluded him.
he Dodgers had the best record in the majors this season, but what about after the All-Star break? On the NL side, the Cubs had the best record at 49-25. The Nationals were second-best at 45-29.
f we look at just the final two months, we again find these two teams atop the NL, with the Cubs at 36-22 and the Nationals 34-24. The Cubs also had the best NL record in September at 19-9.
t’s not necessarily cherry-picking or small samples when we’re talking about the games after the All-Star break. It’s 2 1/2 months and these have been the best teams in the National League during this time.Add in the star power here and this is a true powerhouse matchup, especially for the divisional round.