Cubs make cover of Sports Illustrated

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - The Chicago Cubs have landed on the newest regional cover of Sports Illustrated.

The Cubs are on the verge of their first playoff appearance since 2008. Their current record is 72-51, which gives them the fourth best record in the majors and the lead over the Giants in the wild card race.

Right-handed ace Jake Arrieta (15-6, 2.30 ERA), who has won four straight and is 9-1 in his last 12 starts, faces the Giants' Matt Cain (2-3, 5.66 ERA) as the Cubs open a pivotal three-game series in San Francisco Tuesday night.

The Cubs are definitely feeling it this year, which means for the first time in a while, fans are filled with optimism.