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Chicago Cubs vs New York Mets

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The National League Championship Series is set: the Chicago Cubs v the Chicago Cubs of New York.

The Cubs were the only team to win their division series, and even better, they beat their hated rivals, the Cardinals, who were the only 100-win team in baseball this year. They bashed their way to their first NLCS berth since 2003, hitting 10 home runs in the final three games of their series, including a postseason-record six in their 8-6 game three win, after being shut out in game one.

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After finishing third in the National League Central, the Cubs had the privilege of eliminating both of the two teams that finished ahead of them, the Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates. With their game-four win at Wrigley Field, the Cubs clinched a postseason series on their home turf for the first time in the franchise’s history, which is incredible considering they’ve been playing since 1876.

 

Both the Cubs and the Mets enter the NLCS on a wave of momentum, overcoming opponents previous editions of themselves would have been easily bested by. The Cubs put away the St Louis Cardinals, their longtime nemesis, in four games and did it in style. They won a game in St Louis to put the fear of God into (the already wholesome and God-fearing!) Cardinals fans, and then didn’t even let the series return to St Louis.

 

The Mets’ NLDS victory was no less perception-busting. New York’s lesser-loved baseball franchise was a nice story this season, but a team whose success felt as much a function of the NL East’s malfunction as it was their own talent at hitting, catching and throwing orbs.

 

So now we have Cubs-Mets for the National League championship. It’s a dream series for MLB.

Here is the complete schedule for the NLCS:

  • Game 1: Saturday, October 17th, at Citi Field
  • Game 2: Sunday, October 18th, at Citi Field
  • Game 3: Tuesday, October 20th, at Wrigley Field
  • Game 4: Wednesday, October 21st, at Wrigley Field
  • Game 5: Thursday, October 22nd, at Wrigley Field (if necessary)
  • Game 6: Saturday, October 24th, at Citi Field (if necessary)
  • Game 7: Sunday, October 25th, at Citi Field (if necessary)

 

 

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Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates

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The Chicago Cubs visit the Pittsburgh Pirates at 8 p.m., Eastern time, the loser will take its 97 or 98 wins and go home, while the winner will earn the right to face baseball’s best team, the St. Louis Cardinals, in the next round.

The Pirates can change the subject quickly Wednesday night in the NL wild-card game. The winner gets the St. Louis Cardinals in the Division Series starting Friday.

The clubs that combined for 195 wins both believe they can make a run provided they can survive baseball’s version of a high-wire coin flip.

Heady territory for two franchises that have spent most of this millennium taking turns at the bottom of the NL Central.

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If you follow the Cubs or are just a fan of the game you are aware they haven’t had much success for many years. The Cubbies struggles have actually contributed to their success this season as the generally could be found at or near the bottom of the National League Central which means the team was attractive to contenders willing to trade away prospects for proven talent. Throw in some wise trades and a few free agent acquisitions and the Cubs have turned in to a quality threat in the National League. The Cubs go with likely Cy Young award winner Jake Arrieta on the mound in the Wild Card bout with the Pirates. Arrieta has had an outstanding year with a 22-6 record and 1.77 ERA
The Pittsburgh Pirates have been one of the top teams in the National League for a few years but before that the were a non factor for a few decades. The Pirates were similar to the Cubs in that they were consistently at or near the bottom of the National League East and often traded away their talent for prospects. Having said that I saw too many poor trades being made and things haven’t begun to work out until the last few years. The Pirates in 2015 have enough quality arms and bats to win most divisions but have the misfortune of sharing the Central with St Louis. The Pirates look to ace Gerrit Cole to pitch the team past the Cubs in the Wild Card. Cole has been dominant in nine career starts versus Chicago with nine quality starts where the team has gone 8-1.

Chicago are 9-0 in their last 9 road games and  are 0-9 in their last 9 playoff games while the under is 9-2-1 in their last 12 on grass. Pittsburgh are 11-4 in their last 15 overall and  are 11-4 in their last 15 games on grass while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 on grass. Pittsburgh are 8-1 in Cole’s last 9 starts vs. Chicago and the over is 6-2 in Cole’s last 8 starts vs. Chicago.

Records

Cubs: 97-65, third best in the majors; 48-33 on the road.

Pirates: 98-64, second best; 53-28 at home.

Starters

Cubs: Jake Arrieta, 22-6, most wins in the majors; 1.77 E.R.A., second; 11-0 in August and September.

Pirates: Gerrit Cole, 19-8, tied for third in wins; 2.60 E.R.A., tied for seventh.

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Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs

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(foxsports.com)- As the Chicago Cubs move closer to securing their first postseason berth since 2008, they continue to enjoy everything about the experience.

They’ll look to keep the good times coming by completing a series sweep with their 10th straight victory over the visiting Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night.

Hours after manager Joe Maddon set up a small petting zoo in the Wrigley Field outfield for his players and their families to enjoy, Jake Arrieta struck out 11 while tossing a three-hitter to become the majors’ first 20-game winner in Tuesday’s 4-0 victory.

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Winners in seven of the last eight, the Cubs (89-62) trimmed their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to three. While it seems likely Chicago will open the postseason with a one-game wild-card contest, it’s poised to build more momentum, enjoy itself and see what happens.

“I think it’s just preparing us for the postseason,” said Arrieta, the first Cub to win 20 since 2001. “It’s getting better as the season goes on. … It’s been a lot of fun. We need to keep moving forward.”

Kris Bryant set a Cubs rookie record with his 26th home run and raised his RBI total to 98 with three more. He’s batting .481 in the last seven games, and .391 in the last six against Milwaukee (63-88).

“He’s going to hit a lot of home runs,” said Hall of Famer Billy Williams, who previously held that club record since 1961. “He’s got a home run swing that’s perfect for Wrigley Field.”

While Arrieta is likely to start that expected wild-card game, and Jon Lester would then take the ball should the Cubs advance, the rest of a potential division series rotation gets a bit murky with Jason HammelDan Harenand Kyle Hendricks (7-6, 4.22 ERA) all struggling of late.

Hendricks will have at least two more chances to prove his worth for any playoff role after going 3-2 with a 5.29 ERA in 12 second-half starts. He gave up four runs on three homers in a season-low three innings of Thursday’s 9-6 win at Pittsburgh.

The right-hander’s best outing since the All-Star break came Aug. 1 when he allowed his only run in two starts this season against the Brewers, lasting seven innings of a 4-2 victory.

Khris Davis is 4 for 9 against Hendricks and batting .355 in the last nine games. Teammate Ryan Braun took batting practice Tuesday but could miss a fifth straight game with a back problem.

Losers in 12 of the last 14, Milwaukee has totaled 20 runs, hit .195 and struck out 87 times during its nine-game skid to the Cubs, who get their first look at Zach Davies (1-2, 6.00).

The right-hander didn’t walk a batter while lasting seven innings to earn his first win in his second career start at Miami on Sept. 7. Since, he’s walked nine while giving up nine runs and 11 hits in 9 2-3 innings to lose two in a row.

“Just losing a bit of the command,” Davies said after allowing four of those walks in six innings of Friday’s 5-3 loss to Cincinnati.

 

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Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs

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(espn.go.com)- The Chicago Cubs lost 13-6 to the Cincinnati Reds on Monday. Here’s a quick look at the game. Justin Grimm gave up a pair of two-run home runs in the sixth inning, not long after the Cubs scored four in the bottom of the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. Addison Russell’s two-run double tied the game 3-3, then Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant hit infield singles to drive in two more. The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Dexter Fowler hit a ball into the basket in left field for his 15th home run. But the Reds tied it and then went ahead 3-1 in the fifth. Joe Maddon walked Joey Votto intentionally with men on first and second. This strategy backfired, as Brandon Phillips singled home two runs. It looked like the Cubs took command the next inning, but Eugenio Suarez andAdam Duvall took Grimm deep in the sixth, and the Reds never looked back. The winning hit was Duvall’s first home run of the season. The Cubs blew up in the ninth, as Starlin Castro made two errors and James Russell got hit hard, which allowed the Reds to score six runs. Addison Russell homered in the bottom of the inning to finish the scoring. 

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The Cubs played like they partied all night and took a red-eye home from Los Angeles. It got worse as the game progressed. You have to chalk it up to remnants of the previous 24 hours, as there isn’t a better explanation right now.

It’s easier to come down on starter Kyle Hendricks than on Grimm, considering the latter has been good more often than not. Hendricks is a different story. He looked OK for several innings Monday before starting to get hit hard. He simply needs to last longer; five innings is about his max these days. His ERA is 4.15 as we head into the final full month of the season. That’s not good enough in a National League pennant race. James Russell is becoming a question mark, though he didn’t give up any earned runs. Still, the hard hit balls count, and he has had several appearances with similar outcomes.

Maddon made a few decisions worth second-guessing. His walk of Votto with first and second base occupied was unorthodox, but Votto has been the best hitter in the league in the second half. More puzzling was a double steal attempt with two outs and the tying run on base in the eighth. Bryant was thrown out at second base, which ended the threat before Castro had a chance at the plate.

The Cubs will have some new faces come Tuesday, when rosters can expand to up to 40 players for the rest of the season. Expect Javier Baez to join the team along with newcomer Austin Jackson. David Ross is expected back from family medical leave, and the Cubs should call up some arms as well. CJ Edwards will probably be one of them, but he has been on paternity leave.

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Chicago Cubs at Cleveland Indians

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When: Cubs vs. Indians, Wednesday and Thursday.

Pitching matchups:

  • LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (0-1, 4.84) vs. RHP Shaun Marcum (3-1, 4.09) Wednesday at 7: 10 p.m.
  • RHP Jason Hammel (5-2, 2.81) vs. RHP Danny Salazar (6-2, 3.54) Thursday at 7:10 p.m.

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(espn.go.com)- Kyle Schwarber is the latest of the Chicago Cubs’ prized prospects to get his chance in the majors.

Following a brief debut, Schwarber will be in the lineup Wednesday night as the visiting Cubs continue their home-and-home set with the Cleveland Indians.

The Cubs have won six of their last nine games despite Tuesday’s loss to the Tribe. Wada will be facing the Indians for the first time in his career. Hammel is 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA against the Indians in eight games, including four starts.

The Indians finished this two-city trip with a 2-2 record following Tuesday’s win over the Cubs. They are 18-15 on the road and 12-18 at home. Marcum, pushed back by Monday’s rainout, is 4-1 against the Cubs. Salazar has never faced them.

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Injuries:

Cubs

  • 2B Tommy La Stella (right ribcage),
  • 3B Mike Olt (right wrist)
  • RHP Neil Ramirez (right shoulder),
  • OF Jorge Soler (left ankle)
  • RHP Jacob Turner (right shoulder) are on the disabled list.

Indians

  • DH Nick Swisher (knees)
  • RHP Gavin Floyd (right elbow)
  • RHP Josh Tomlin (right shoulder) are on the disabled list.

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