Ripley’s Believe it or Not: The Cubs Were So Close!

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 13:  The Chicago Cubs celebrate defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 in game four of the National League Division Series at Wrigley Field on October 13, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 13: The Chicago Cubs celebrate defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 in game four of the National League Division Series at Wrigley Field on October 13, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Kathryn Cressy, Staff Reporter

There are many things that are hard to believe. Pigs flying, Donald Trump running for President, and the fact that the Cubs went to the playoffs this year. It may come to a surprise to many, and to every Sox fan’s horror, the Cubs had a really good season this year. With rookies like Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler, who hit back to back home runs during a training camp game, the Cubs had promising roster from the beginning.

The Cubs won a spot in the division series after they defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-0. It was the first playoff game the Cubs had won since 2003. Jake Arrieta dominated during the entire game to help the Cubs shut out the Pirates. He allowed just 4 hits and struck out 11 and walked none. After the game Arrieta spoke to the press saying “I’m exhausted. I haven’t felt this way all year. This atmosphere, the energy, it was unbelievable… Those guys are an amazing team, 98 wins, the situation as it is, one- game, do or die, one of us had to go… Chicago has been waiting for this, but it’s only step one.”

Step one was over, onto step two, our rival the St. Louis Cardinals. The first game wasn’t as good as Cubs fans had hoped. The Cards won 4-0 as the Cubs were out pitched by Jon Lackey. The Cards had the upper hand in the best of five series, but the Cubs weren’t going down without a fight. And fight they did, the Cubs came back in game two to win 6-3. With Jorge Soler’s talent at bat, and some fielding mistakes on the Cardinal’s behalf, the Cubs were able to take game two. Riding on the high of the last win, the Cubs did it again and won game three 8-6 all while settings post season record by hitting six homers. The Cubs powered through to win game four (6-4), and the National League Division Series. The Cubs won the final game of the series, which was also their 101st win of the season, in front of their home crowd.

The Cubs had battled hard to get the step three, playing in the National League Championship Series against the New York Mets. In the first game of the series, the Cubs lost to the Mets 4-2. The Cubs, again, out pitched by the Met’s Matt Harvey. Things began to look grim as the Cubs were defeated again, in game two 4-1, digging themselves a hole. Jake Arrieta had a bad first inning, giving the first three batters hits. The Cubs continued their losing streak into game three, again loosing to the Mets 5-2. The Cubs lost in front of the high energy, sell out crowd at Wrigley Field, to put one game between the Cubs’ (and their fan’s) World Series hopes. The Cubs met their match against the Mets, who in game four defeated the Cubs 8-3. Take the National League Championship Series 4-0.

This devastating loss of course doesn’t mean the Cubs are losers. They had a fantastic season. As many Cubs fans say after every season “wait ’till next year!” Except this time we won’t be able to wait to fly the W next season!