As many of you may have heard by now, the New York Mets won their fifth National League pennant last night, shockingly sweeping the Chicago Cubs by winning the fourth game of the series 8-3. As of this writing, they await either Kansas City or Toronto in the 2015 World Series, which actually only decides the best professional baseball team out of the United States and Canada.
It was a fun series to watch, because if either team won it would be quite a story. The Cubbies hadn’t won a World Series since 1908, or a National League pennant since 1945. The Mets hadn’t won a Series since ’86, and their last pennant was fifteen years ago.
Though the Cubs were routed in four straight games, with Joe Maddon as their manager, I’m sure they will be back come future Octobers. I think they’re on the right track, it will just be a matter of fine tuning the talent the franchise has. While they didn’t end their long pennant or world title curse this year, the end of those respective streaks appear to be near.
If Daniel Murphy’s bat can stay hot (he currently has a streak going of six games where he’s hit at least one home run, a new postseason record), I wouldn’t doubt it at all if the Mets win in all once all is said and done this season.