Manager Joe Maddon said they would be available out of the bullpen. Anthony Rizzo's solo shot accounted for the Cubs' lone run in a 3-1 loss to Milwaukee, while Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story hit back-to-back blasts to get the Rockies on the board in their 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The train stations in Chicago were packed Monday not just with morning commuters but also long lines of Milwaukee Brewers fans going to see the tie-breaking game for the NL Central title at Wrigley Field.
"And they know that, so that's why they run their mouth a lot, because they know we're the best", he added.
In the biggest game of his young career, the Denver native put on a show-stopping performance at Wrigley Field that punched the Colorado Rockies' ticket to the NLDS in an extra-innings, 2-1 win over the Cubs in the NL Wild Card game on Tuesday night.
"We've got to stop worrying about other teams", he said. A Cubs team that preaches a positive one-day-at-a-time attitude only has one more guaranteed game left this year.
This game becomes an instant October classic. It was another very disappointing appearance, and I remarked that I'm not sure the Cubs could justify carrying him on a postseason roster at this point. "And if we pay attention, we get in their trap". "Even when we're struggling, we are the head of everybody".
Asked who is running their mouth, Baez responded: "It doesn't matter, like everybody".
The angst returned in spades this year, and blowing the division lead to the Brewers in Game 163 only made things worse heading into the do-or-die wild-card game against the Rockies.
Many Royals fans cheered for Cain as did Hosmer, who tweeted: "Lo Cain!"