Cubs drop series against Mets, prepare for offseason

Michael Hebb, Sports Editor

The Chicago Cubs and their fans had their hopes crushed late Wednesday night as the New York Mets completed their four game sweep to advance to the World Series.

The Mets won four straight games against the Cubs, using a different starting pitcher in each game. Led by second basemen Daniel Murphy, who has crushed an astonishing seven homeruns already in this postseason, the team never trailed during the series. Even against Jake Arrieta, who will probably win the Cy Young award, the Mets got out to an early three run lead in the first inning.

The Cubs, on the other hand, had a very stagnant offense throughout the series. They scored a measly eight runs total in the NLCS, while the Mets were able to score that in game four alone. Leadoff batters for the Cubs went 2-34 with a walk and a hit by pitch in the series, not even recording their first hit until game four.

However, the Cubs’ future is looking bright, as they started five promising rookies throughout the playoffs. They will be looking to bolster their starting rotation, as Dan Haren retired and Jason Hammel underperformed in the playoffs. Also, there are many one year contracts on the roster, so resigning players along with signing new ones will be an interesting task for management. Included in those one year contracts are both Dexter Fowler and Jake Arrieta. Fowler had a career year and Arrieta had possibly one of the best years for a pitcher in history, so they will definitely look to get paid.

Overall, Cubs fans may be disappointed that their team could not make it to the World Series, but many are anxious to see how the team can develop in future seasons.

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