A Long Journey for the Cubs

Emily, Staff Writer

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To start, I need to make one thing clear. I am not a Chicago Cubs fan. I am a diehard Orioles fan. Sometimes, I root for the Mets. Considering the fact that both of these teams are out of the playoffs, I have no team to root for. So, I have the Cubs. Again, I am not a Cubs fan. The Chicago Cubs have won two World Series’ back to back in 1907 and 1908, both times against the Detroit Tigers. Since then, they have not won a single World Series’. One-hundred-eight years waiting. This is their chance at redemption and my chance to support an underdog.

Although I do not believe in time-traveling, in the 1989 movie, Back to the Future II, it was predicted that the Cubs would win the World Series in 2015. Their team looked the best it ever had that year. The fact that the Cubs got that far was amazing. Alas, in the end, they were eliminated by the Mets in the NLCS (the series right before the World Series).

This year, starting with their all-star pitcher, Jake Arrieta, whose ERA last year was 1.77, the team is looking good.  It’s clear that Arrieta is slipping a little bit with an ERA of 3.10 during the regular season. However, with sluggers like Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs should have no problem. Rizzo and Bryant have a combined total of over 350 hits this season, 71 of those were home runs, over 200 were RBIs (runs batted in). In his 2016 career, Bryant has scored 121 runs, Rizzo has scored 94 runs.

The Cubs’ journey began on October 7, 2016 with game 1 of a 5 game series against the San Francisco Giants. On October 11, the Cubs clinched the next round. They will play the Dodgers’ for the NLCS title (where the Cubs were ousted last year) in a best of 7 game series.  The winner of those games will play the winner of the American League which will be decided with the same format, using different teams. Currently, these are the standings as of October 17, 9:00 pm

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