The Cubs are back in the postseason after last years magical World Series run. Before winning last years WS, the Cubs had not won it all since 1908. The question now comes up, what will the gap be between last year and their next title? One thing is clear, the talent is for sure there to compete in October; its just if they can put it together at the right time.
Some said that the Cubs had a “World Series hangover” from last year. They came out of the gate slow and quickly found themselves a few games back in the central, come all-star break. The Cubs sure got rid of their hangover in the second half of the season. They have had the best record in the whole National League in the second half and are heating up just at the right time. This has landed them at back to back N.L central champions and the second half success can be somewhat credited to Cub first basemen, Anthony Rizzo. He has been on a tear in the second half and has racked up over 30 homers on the season and over 100 RBIs. Nobody is talking about how well this team has been playing but they need to, because before you know it the Cubbies can find themselves back in the fall classic. Their pitching has also wildly improved from the first half of the season. Jake “the snake” Arrieta and John Lester are starting to find their groove and John Lackey is pitching well also. Kris Bryant, who many have said disappointed this year, is also swinging a hit bat and is one of the best hitters in baseball night in and night out.
Unfortunately, the Cubs are going to run into a team in the NLDS that has just been better than them this year; the Washington Nationals. That being said, this is going to be a hell of a series, maybe one of the best division series we have ever seen. I see it going 5 games and see it going back and forth the whole series. If you look at these potential pitching matchups it just makes your mouth water.
Game 1: Jake Arrieta Vs Max Scherzer
Game 2: John Lester Vs Stephen Strasburg
Game 3: John Lackey Vs Gio Gonzalez
Can you literally ask for anything better? I see the Cubs losing in 5 games but if somehow they can beat the Nats, they will go to the WS. The winner of this NLDS matchup will represent the N.L. in the World Series. To conclude, it will be interesting to see how many W flags will be flown this October and how many times “Go Cubs Go” will play on the North side of Chicago come playoff time.