Chicago Cubs defeat L.A. Dodgers to reach World Series for first time since 1945

Cubs Defeat Dodgers, 5-0 To Reach World Series

The Chicago Cubs made history Saturday night, clinching the National League Championship to pave the way to their first World Series since 1945.

The Chicago Cubs made history Saturday night, clinching the National League Championship to pave the way to their first World Series since 1945.

 

The Chicago Cubs are headed to the World Series for the first time since 1945 after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in game 6 on Saturday night. The team won back-to-back World Series championships in 1907 and 1908. They will face the Cleveland Indians.

Javier Baez and pitcher Jon Lester shared the NLCS MVP. Baez hit .318, drove in five runs and made several sharp plays at second base. Lester, a former World Series champion in Boston, was 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts against the Dodgers.

Deemed World Series favorites since opening day, the Cubs topped the majors with 103 wins to win the NL Central, then beat the Giants and Dodgers in the playoffs.

The Cubs took their 17th pennant. They had not earned a World Series trip since winning a doubleheader opener 4-3 at Pittsburgh on Sept. 29, 1945, to clinch the pennant on the next-to-last day of the season.

For woe begotten Cubs fans, the eternal “wait till next year” is over. For those generations of Cub fans there is no more dwelling on a history of failure – the future is now.

Next up? Game 1 of the World Series will be Tuesday against the Indians in Cleveland at 7:08 p.m. CDT.

Game 2 will be in Cleveland on Wednesday. Game 3 is in Chicago on Friday. Game 4 is Oct. 29 in Chicago. If necessary, Game 5 is in Chicago on Oct. 30, Game 6 is in Cleveland on Nov. 1 and Game 7 is in Cleveland on Nov. 2.

All of the games will air on FOX. For more information, visit m.mlb.com/postseason-schedule.