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Teams who were a lot better than the Orioles this year will be playing baseball tonight. At the end of one winner-take-all game, either the Cubs or Rockies season will be over.

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

After an exciting day of tiebreakers, the real, official postseason gets under way tonight. The Cubs and the Rockies, losers of those same tiebreaker games, must now play the Wild Card Game.

One will move on to play the Brewers. One will join the rest of the suckers on the golf course. I recommend that the Rockies, who are the road team in the contest, should be certain to use their good relievers even if the game is tied.

My second recommendation to the Rockies is to just be better than Cubs starter Jon Lester somehow, no matter how good he is. And my third recommendation is that they should have a jabroni starting pitcher shut down a good lineup somehow. Rockies starter Kyle Freeland is not a jabroni at all, posting a 2.85 ERA over 33 starts this year. He is no slouch. This should be a good game.

The game gets going on ESPN at about 8pm Eastern. There will also be a second broadcast on ESPN2 that is going to focus on more advanced stats, supposedly. If what I heard on the ESPN broadcasts of the tiebreakers yesterday is any indication, the idea of checking out some different announcers may quickly seem appealing to you.

The Rockies starting lineup is as follows:

  1. Charlie Blackmon - CF
  2. D.J. LeMahieu - 2B
  3. Nolan Arenado - 3B
  4. Trevor Story - SS
  5. Matt Holliday - LF
  6. Ian Desmond - 1B
  7. David Dahl - RF
  8. Chris Iannetta - C
  9. Kyle Freeland - LHP

The Cubs starting lineup is as follows:

  1. Ben Zobrist - RF
  2. Kris Bryant - LF
  3. Anthony Rizzo - 1B
  4. Javy Baez - SS
  5. Albert Almora Jr. - CF
  6. Daniel Murphy - 2B
  7. Willson Contreras - C
  8. David Bote - 3B
  9. Jon Lester - LHP

Being as the Cubs just won the World Series in 2016, I hope they lose tonight because nobody deserves two titles in three years as long as I’ve been waiting the entirety of the 34 years of my life for the Orioles to win the World Series.