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Chicago Cubs Rapid Recap: Dodgers advance to World Series with 11-1 win over Cubs


The Cubs will miss the World Series for the first time since 2015 as the Dodgers clinch the NLCS. I don’t think that any Cubs fan is so out of practice that we don’t know the routine: “Wait until next year.” First off, congratulations to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who reached the World Series for the first time since 1988 with a 11-1 trouncing of the Chicago Cubs. They won the best-of-seven series 4 games to 1. The Dodgers were the better team over the course of the season and they were the better team over the course of the series. They deserved to win and they did. If it makes you feel better, no Dodgers fan under 35 can really remember their team playing in the World Series. You all know what that feels like. The recap of this one is going to be short. The Cubs needed Jose Quintana to come up big and for the Cubs hitters to solve Clayton Kershaw early. Neither happened. Quintana got hammered and was removed before retiring a better in the third inning. Kiké Hernandez, of all people, hit three home runs including a grand slam off Hector Rondon in the third inning. Pretty much everything that happened after the grand slam was meaningless. Meanwhile. the Cubs failed to do much of anything off of Kershaw until Kris Bryant hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth. That was the first hit that Kershaw allowed. The Cubs only scored eight runs in this five game series. All of them were scored on seven home runs. That kind of offense is a problem. I can’t tell you whether that was the fault of the Cubs hitters, the Dodgers pitching and defense or just bad luck. That’s for the suits in the front office to figure out. But they won’t win many series if the team is unable to put together a sustained rally. John Lackey came on to pitch for what was probably the final game of his career. His former catcher, Bengie Molina, Tweeted out this fun fact. Did you guys know that Cody Bellinger was jumping around and celebrating our World Series Championship in 02 @Angels as a kid with his dad Clay and now he faces John Lackey who won game 7 that year!! wow AMAZING!!⚾️ @TBSNetwork #Postseason— Bengie Molina (@BengieMolina1) October 20, 2017 I had thought Joe Maddon might give Ian Happ a start, but instead Ben Zobrist will play right field in place of Jason Heyward, who has slumped badly this postseason. You can be sure that if the Cubs have the lead in the late innings, Heyward will be in the game for defense, as he was iin Game 4. Joe started Kyle Schwarber in Game 1 against Clayton Kershaw, hoping Schwarber's bat would cut loose. That didn't happen, but Schwarber's homer in Game 3 apparently gave Maddon the idea to put him out there again, hoping to catch lightning, or a shot off the video board, in a bottle. It's only a few more hours until we find out whether this lineup can produce against Kershaw, who got hit pretty hard the last time he pitched in the postseason at Wrigley Field. #LetsGo [...]