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13mBob Holtzman

One Cubs curse is actually coming to an end

Yes, there's that goat, but that's not all. One of ESPN's own has been at six potential NLCS clinches and never seen Chicago win. That ends Saturday.

Cubs embracing pressure to clinch World Series berth (1:13)

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Much colder than it looks at Wrigley Field. Probably a 40 degree drop in temperature from game 5 to game 6 of NLCS

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46mJesse Rogers

All eyes on Wrigley for Game 6

The Cubs have been here before, in 1984 and 2003. With the world watching, can Joe Maddonâ

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Good morning from the corner of Addison and Clark in Chicago. People are already at the ballpark hours before tonight's Game 6 of the NLCS.

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2hJayson Stark

Why super teams don't win the World Series

The Cubs were baseball's best team with 103 regular-season wins, but just two teams with the outright best record in MLB's wild-card era have won it all. Why does record mean nothing in October?

Stars getting settled in new places (1:54)
The Bulls have a new leader in Butler (1:38)
Bill Murray acts as POTUS to talk beloved Cubs (0:29)
Blue Jackets beat Blackhawks for first win of season (0:43)
Pair of second period goals push Blue Jackets past Blackhawks (0:22)
ESPN Stats & Info

Call off search; Cubs' bats are back

Chicago's offense struggled in Games 1-3 of the NLCS, but found its rhythm in Games 4 and 5.

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Breaking down the postseason so far

Are managers relying too much on their bullpens? Should they expect more from their starters? And could the Cubs beat the Indians in the World Series? Keith Law, Jim Bowden and Dan Szymborksi discuss. MLB Roundtable (Insider)

Charles Moynihan ESPN 

Game 6 of the NLCS is Saturday night in Chicago. If the Cubs win, the celebration will be 'slightly' more boisterous as they would advance to their first World Series since 1945.


Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Unlike the Cubs' bats the past two nights, all is quiet inside Wrigley Field a day before Game 6 of the NLCS.

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Lester's dominance reminiscent of 1900's Cubs

Jon Lester has started three games in the 2016 playoffs without allowing more than one run in any. The only other Cubs pitchers with more than two career postseason starts giving up fewer than two runs are Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown (one each in the 1906, '07 and '08 World Series) and Orval Overall (one in 1907 and two in '08), the Elias Sports Bureau notes.


Lester among modern postseason greats

After allowing just one run in seven innings in Game 5 of the NLCS, Jon Lester's career postseason ERA is 2.50. ESPN Stats & Info notes it's the third-lowest in the wild-card era (since 1994) among pitchers with 10 playoff starts, surpassed by only Madison Bumgarner (2.11) and Curt Schilling (2.14).

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Russell goes "back-to-back"

At 22 years, 271 days old, Addison Russell became the 2nd-youngest shortstop in postseason history to homer in consecutive games, with a long ball in Games 4 and 5 of the NLCS. The only one younger is the Dodgers' Corey Seager (22 years, 165 days old), who did it in the NLDS, per the Elias Sports Bureau.