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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)

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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.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

Series price at the Westgate for the Chicago Cubs before past four NLCS games: -160, +155, -170, -360

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En octubre: Sin bullpen no hay paraíso

Tener relevistas eficaces ha pasado de ser un lujo a ser una necesidad para los equipos de Grandes Ligas, fundamentalmente para los que juegan en octubre en busca de un anillo de Serie Mundial. Leer

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Kyle Hendricks quiere darle a Chicago el boleto a la SM

El derecho de 26 años tiene el deseo, las herramientas y la confianza para intentar darle a los Cachorros su primer pase a una Serie Mundial desde 1945. Leer

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Kiper: Whitehair a long-term solution

The Bears have had a forgettable start to the season. But if there's a silver lining, it's that they may have found a solid interior offensive line presence for years to come in their second round pick. Kiper's rookie big board (Insider)

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Dinwiddie among Bulls' final roster cuts

Chicago waived guard Spencer Dinwiddie on Friday, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman. The team also parted ways with forward J.J. Avila, guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and guard Thomas Walkup. The roster stands at 14.

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BBTN: Dodgers' Approach Backfires vs. Lester

Buster Olney talks to Karl Ravech, Justin Havens & Raul Ibanez about how the Dodgers' attempt to get in the head of Jon Lester may have backfired, look ahead to Game 6 & more. Plus, a chat with Indians pitcher Ryan Merritt.