The NLCS is all set after the New York Mets defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 yesterday. This is somewhat great news for Cubs fans because the Cubs went 7-0 against New York’s better half. It doesn’t really matter what the record is because it’s the playoffs.
“That’s over with,” catcher Miguel Montero said. “You can’t rely on that or say, ‘We swept this series against them,’ or, ‘We did this against those two guys.’ That’s over. I think the Mets are a totally different team. … The Mets have Yoenis Cespedes — they’re totally different. You know they’re all good players.”
That’s what makes baseball so special. If you’re not familiar with the Mets/Cardinals history, well it has something to do with a black cat and Ron Santo. You know what Joe Maddon thinks of superstitions.
Jon Lester will get the start on Saturday which should set up a brilliant game 2 with Jake Arrieta on the mound.
“Jon Lester in a big game is always tasty,” Maddon said. “You’ll always take that. I have no problem with that. I know he’s very confident. I think the extra rest will help, too.”
It’s fitting too because this is why the Cubs brought him aboard. So, while we looked ahead to the NLCS which gets under way tomorrow night, I want to mention a bit about a Cubs/Jays World Series.
That’s my dream matchup for baseball’s coveted prize. Both teams are coming off brilliant seasons. They’re hard hitting and very deep in their respective lineups. On one hand you have Jose Bautista who, as we know, came through in the clutch the other night. His bat flip is pretty cool as well.
Then you have Kyle Schwarber and his scoreboard landing theatrics. In many ways, the Toronto Blue jays are to the American League as the Cubs are to the National League.
“Cubs and Toronto would be nice to have,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “Canada’s really important to us. I think if you had the Cubs and the Blue Jays, you’d probably have two countries pretty fully engaged. It’d be good for us.”
Good for Montreal landing a team in the future.
For me though, it’s not about countries being engaged. The best part about the World Series unlike other sports, is it truly showcases the best that baseball has to offer. It’s a hard trophy to win and so few teams make the post season that there’s great baseball happening.
“There’s no ‘worn out’ this time of year,”Catcher David Ross said. “It’s a new season. When the postseason hits, it’s like Spring Training all over again. You get a newfound energy. It’s a young group. I don’t know how much fatigue will play into it.”