The Cubs ended their home season on a positive note putting a crimp into Pittsburgh’s quest for a division title. The Pirates who clinched a playoff berth with a win Monday are on the verge of being eliminated from the division race after losing 4-2 to the Cubs on Wednesday afternoon.

With three playoff teams in the NL Central the Cubs know what an uphill battle they have to become one of the elite teams in baseball.

"We have a very tough division" Anthony Rizzo said after Wednesday's victory over 16-game winner Francisco Liriano. "We want to play good baseball in St. Louis and go into the winter on a high note."

Rizzo and company will be faced with the third clinching celebration against them in less than a week Friday. Any Cardinals win or Pittsburgh loss over the last three games of the season will give St. Louis the division title.

Atlanta Pittsburgh and soon St. Louis will have clinched against the hapless also-rans which begs the question how long will it be until the Cubs are competing for something relevant?

"The bar is set now" Rizzo said. "Those teams are young and they are not going anywhere for years to come. We need to step our game up all around and continue grow as a team and as people."