After finishing with the best record in the National League and the Major Leagues overall at 103-58, the Chicago Cubsentered the 2016 postseason as the favorites to win the World Series. If the Cubs win the World Series, it will be the first time they've won a World Series since 1908, exactly 108 years ago. It will also be their first trip to the fall classic since 1945.

2016 Season

The Cubs were determined to start the year off good from the very beginning. After losing to the New York Mets in the NLCS last season, the team was more determined than ever to make up for it. With a roster full of all-stars and young players like third baseman Kris Bryant, who won the National League Rookie of the Year last year, and shortstop Addison Russell, along with newly acquired players such as outfielder Jason Heyward,the bats in the lineup looked like a strong and tough team.

There was also the strong starting rotation which includes Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, and John Lackey. There was also the addition of relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman, who was traded mid season bythe New York Yankees.

The season started off wellfor the Cubs, who won eight of their first ten games. At the All-Star break, they were in the lead in the NLCentral53-35. Over the course of the season, there were lots of memorable highlights. The first occurred on April 21, when Arrieta threw his second career no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in a 16-0 blowout win.At the time, Arrieta had not recorded a loss in 17 straight starts. Later during the season on June 27, also against the Reds, Bryant went 5 for 5, with three home runs, two doubles, and six runs batted in, becoming the first player in MLB history to do so.

The Cubs finished the regular season in first place of the NL central and was the first time they won 100 or more games since 1935. Fans were in for a treat as the Cubs entered postseason play.


The Cubs first opponents were the San Francisco Giants, who entered the NLDS after beating the New York Mets in the Wild Card game.

The Cubs dominated in the first two games of the series, In the third game,the Cubs struck first when starter Arrieta hit a three run home run, but the Giants showed signs of dominanceas their lineup got two key hits off of Chapman, but Bryant responded by tying the game with a two run blast to send the game to extra innings.

In the 13th inning, the Giants struck back as second baseman Joe Panik hit an RBI double to win the game 6-5. The final game of the series was a close one, but the Cubs managed to beat the Giants to advance to the NLCS to face the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The first game of the NLCS was dominated by the Cubs, which included home runs from center fielder Dexter Fowler and catcher Miguel Montero. The Cubs scored eight runs on nine hits en route to a 8-4 victory, which also featured a strong pitching performance from Lester. The second game was dominated by Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw,who shut out the Cubs 1-0 in seven innings of work. The third contest was won by the Dodgers which gave them the series lead, but the next two games were dominated by the Cubs, and they didn't look back.

The sixth game was one for the highlights, as the Cubs scored six runs, including two home runs from catcher Wilson Contreras and first baseman Anthony Rizzo. When the final out was made, Cubs fans went wild as they witnessed an event 71 years in the making.

Can the Cubs win it?

This season was a memorable one for the Cubs, as it featured a lot of highlights from the lineup and the pitching staff. They won over 100 games, which increases their chances of being dominant even longer. If they keep playing the way they have all season, they can definitely win it all and end their World Series title drought. The Cubs will face the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday, who are looking to claim their first title since 1948.

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