Two long-suffering fanbases square off in the World Series, which starts tomorrow night in Cleveland. The Indians have not won it all since 1948, but that’s relatively recent compared to the Cubs, who hadn’t even made it this far since 1945 and haven’t hoisted the trophy since 1908.
How’d these teams get here? What will it take to win? I explore those questions, as well as the ticket prices and weather forecasts, in my MLB column for CBS Local.
No matter who gets to the World Series this year, a long drought will come to an end. The Dodgers last made it to the World Series in 1988; the Cubs haven’t been there since 1945. In the American League, the Indians have been since ’97 and the Jays since ’93. Has there ever been an LCS field with a longer combined pennant drought? The Jays and Dodgers won it all the last time they made it, but the Indians and Cubs have the longest title droughts in their leagues, dating back to 1948 and 1908, respectively.
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It’s a fun time to be a Blue Jays fan. For already the second time this postseason, Toronto advanced via an extra-inning, walk-off win. This time they eliminated the Texas Rangers, the team with the best record in the American League. Read about how they did it, as well as what’s happening in the rest of the series’, in my CBS Local recap.
I’ve already covered the fact the Mets are going to the World Series (though I never get tired of typing that), but who will they play? I look at the ALCS, which could be decided tonight in Kansas City, and look ahead to the World Series matchup in my latest “5 Things” column for CBS Local. Next week, check back daily for World Series game recaps.
At the start of the playoffs, a lot of people told me, “I’m rooting for your Mets, but if they don’t win I hope the Cubs do.” Well, folks, it’s decision time. The National League Championship Series is set: Mets vs. Cubs, starting Saturday night at Citi Field. I’ll be there as Matt Harvey takes on Jon Lester.
The two teams were not the favorites to even reach this round when the postseason began. The Mets last won it all in 1986 and have been a punchline more often than a contender in the years since. The Cubs, as you may have heard, haven’t won the World Series since 1908 and haven’t appeared in it since 1945.
In the American League, remember that the Royals went 29 straight seasons without a playoff appearance before losing in the World Series last year and the Blue Jays snapped a 21-season drought this year. These squads not only played a classic ALCS in 1985, but there was some bad blood during their regular season series this August. The start times for all LCS games is now available.
For a recap of the Division Series’ games this past week, check out my latest for CBS Local.
The fourth no-hitter of the season—and first in the American League in a long time—was thrown on Wednesday. The day before, something happened that had never been accomplished before in MLB history—and it involved every team. All that and more and in my latest CBS Local recap.
The Mets are looking for a bat to improve their struggling offense. They have a wealth of talented young pitchers to offer in a trade. Should they make a deal? Tomorrow night’s game is a reminder of why they might be wary.
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