Generations have come and gone, hall of famers have came and went, and we've fought in two world wars since the last time the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series. With the longest drought in the history of the beloved game of baseball, the Chicago Cubs look to put to bed a streak of 107 seasons without winning a championship. But after their 6-4 win against the Cardinals in Game 4 of the NLDS, I'm fully convinced that this is the year the Cubbies bring joy back to Chicago.
The Cubs finished the year with a record of 97-65, the third best record in baseball, behind two division rivals: the Cardinals (100-62) and the Pirates (98-64). Leaving the Cardinals to play in a do-or-die wild card game against the Buccos in Pittsburgh. What did they do? Well they sent their ace to the mound, Jake Arrieta, and he pitched a complete game, 4-0 shutout against the Pirates.
A game in which we saw Decter Fowler and Cubs rookie, Kyle Schwarber explode for huge games en route to a NLDS birth against another division rival, the forever dominant it seems, St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cubs got unlucky as Jon Lester was out-dueled by former Sox teammate, John Lackey in game 1, but the offense exploded and won Game 2 easily.
When they got back to Chi-Town with the home field "dis"advantage, they never looked back. Setting a playoff record with 6 homers in their Game 3, 8-6 victory, and a 6-4 victory in Game 4, the Cubs breezed through the first two rounds against the top 2 teams in baseball.
With the Cubs sitting at the top spot, they are easily the favorites to win it all. They have a perfect compliment of young guys to veterans, great rotation, lights-out pen, and a dynamic young lineup that keeps cranking homers.
I'm 100% behind this Cubs team and their playoff run, even if they are a dump truck for every player to ever leave Boston (Rizzo, Lester, Ross, Manny and Youk as assistants, and Theo and Jed Hoyer in the front office).