The Cubs are in the Playoffs! 5 Things to Know

Wrigley FieldThe Wrigleyville and Lakeview neighborhoods of Chicago are buzzing with excitement over the Chicago Cubs prepare for their second playoff appearance in two years. The Cubs had a fantastic season this year, so Cubs fans have high hopes for a long playoff run.

Below are five things to know about the Cubs 2016 playoff appearance.

The Cubs’ First 2016 Playoff Game

The Cubs will play their first game of the 2016 playoffs on Friday, October 7 at Wrigley Field. The game starts at 8:15 Central Standard Time (CST). The Cubs will play either the San Francisco Giants or New York Mets, who play in the wild card game on Wednesday, October 5 at 7:09 CST.

National League Central Division Winners

The Cubs earned their place in the playoffs by winning the National League Central Division. They clinched the division championship on Thursday, September 15. It is the earliest a MLB team has clinched a division title since the Angels clinched the American League West in 2008.

Regular Season Record

The Cubs finished the regular season with 103 wins and only 58 losses, which was the best record in Major League Baseball this season. They are only the 99th team in MLB history to win over 100 games in one season.

Playoff Tickets

You will need to register on the Cubs web site in order to have a chance to purchase playoff tickets. The Cubs will perform random drawings from among eligible fans who complete the form. Click here to complete the form.

Security in Lakeview

The Chicago Police Department have brought in extra security cameras for the playoffs. New cameras have already been mounted on Clark Street just south of Wrigley Field.