The Cubs better win this thing, because losing it now would be downright humiliating, for players and fans. Although this would be pretty embarrassing, too: "And now, with a record of 84 wins and 78 losses, here are your NL Central-winning Chicago Cubs!" Embarrassing, sure, but I'd do nearly anything, even post on the Internet personal thoughts about a sports team, if it put the Cubs in the playoffs.
Oh, sure, the Cardinals were effectively knocked out after the Cubs got in their licks, but what kind of Cub fan can look at that headline and not feel an immediate sense of gratification? of immense satisfaction? Probably a dead one.