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NLDS Game 4: Cubs set lineup in attempt to make history

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NLDS Game 4: Cubs set lineup in attempt to make history

Can the Cubs make history Tuesday night?

No Cubs team has ever clinched a playoff series at home, but this squad has a chance with a win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of the National League Division Series at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs will have to do it without Addison Russell in the starting lineup, as the rookie shortstop left Game 3 with a hamstring strain and is replaced by Javier Baez for Game 4.

[RELATED - Addison Russell's status uncertain for Cubs-Cardinals Game 4]

Even though the young, inexperienced Cubs are on the cusp of history, don't look for them to change their approach now.

"No, we're good at [not letting our minds wander too far ahead]," Anthony Rizzo said. "We'll come in energetic. We'll be ready to go. We gotta take it one pitch, one inning at a time."

[MORE - Jason Hammel ready to step up for Cubs as Game 4 starter]

Here's the way Joe Maddon lines up the Cubs behind starter Jason Hammel:

1. Dexter Fowler - CF
2. Jorge Soler - RF
3. Kris Bryant - 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo - 1B
5. Starlin Castro - 2B
6. Kyle Schwarber - LF
7. Miguel Montero - C
8. Jason Hammel - P
9. Javier Baez - SS

Here is the Cardinals' lineup for Game 4 behind starter John Lackey:

1. Matt Carpenter - 3B
2. Stephen Piscotty - 1B
3. Matt Holliday - LF
4. Jason Heyward - RF
5. Jhonny Peralta - SS
6. Randal Grichuk - CF
7. Kolten Wong - 2B
8. Tony Cruz - C
9. John Lackey - P

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa is heating up, but even a red-hot Sosa doesn't automatically equal wins for the Cubs.

Slammin' Sammy notched his first multi-homer game in 1998 in a 9-5 loss to Kevin Millwood and the Atlanta Braves. Sosa drove in 4 of the Cubs' 5 runs on a solo shot in the 4th inning and a three-run shot in the 8th. 

Sosa tallied 830 feet of homers in the game, with his first blast going 410 feet and the second shot measured at 420 feet.

The big game bumped Sosa's overall season slash line to .337/.411/.551 (.962 OPS) with 11 homers and 35 RBI.

Fun fact: Mickey Morandini hit second for the Cubs in this game and went 4-for-4, but somehow only scored one run despite hitting just in front of Sosa all game. That's because Morandini was caught stealing to end the 3rd inning, leaving Sosa to lead off the 4th inning with a solo blast.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: If Cubs somehow miss the playoffs will Joe Maddon's seat start heating up?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: If Cubs somehow miss the playoffs will Joe Maddon's seat start heating up?

David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Nick Friedell (ESPN.com) and Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times) join David Kaplan on the panel.

The guys discuss Welington Castillo’s 80-game PED suspension, the Cubs struggles and if Joe Maddon could be on the hot seat if the Cubs somehow miss the playoffs in 2018.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: