Bring Down the House: NLCS Preview

Jonathan House, Sports Editor

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This is it, it has never been done before, but I am proud to bring you the first ever Bring Down the House: Major League Baseball edition. I know this is mostly a football blog, because, who doesn’t love football? However, I felt I wanted to try to branch out a little.

Now on to the topic at hand: is this the year for the Chicago Cubs? The last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, a man hadn’t landed on the moon, there hadn’t been such a thing as a World War, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, and Hawaii weren’t yet states, Wrigley Field hadn’t been built yet, and Teddy Roosevelt was the president of the United States. The year was 1908, and the people of Chicago-and throughout the Midwest-have been waiting for decades. Could this be the year?

The Cubs continue their quest to win the World Series beginning on Saturday against the New York Mets. The Mets are fresh off of their five game NLDS win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cubs have had a few extra days off after beating the Saint Louis Cardinals in only four games.  

In game one, we will see Chicago’s number two pitcher, Jon Lester on the mound. The Cubs’ lefty had an ERA of 3.34 in the regular season, and a record of 11-12. He will be going against right handed pitcher, Matt Harvey, who had a 2.71 ERA in the regular season, finishing with a record of 13-8.

The Cubs ace, Jake Arrieta will pitch game two on Sunday night, and Noah Syndergaard will pitch for the Mets.

Below are the starting lineups for Game one, courtesy of ESPN.

Mets:

Curtis Granderson, RF

David Wright, 3B

Daniel Murphy, 2B

Yoenis Cespedes, LF

Travis d’Arnaud, C

Michael Cuddyer, 1B

Wilmer Flores, SS

Juan Lagares, CF

Matt Harvey, RHP

 

Cubs:

Dexter Fowler, CF

Kyle Schwarber, LF

Kris Bryant, 3B

Anthony Rizzo, 1B

Starlin Castro, 2B

Jorge Soler, RF,

Javier Baez, SS

David Ross, C

Jon Lester, LHP

My final prediction: Cubs in six.