12 October 2016

Cubs Return to NLCS for Second Straight Year while Dodgers Force Fifth Game in Washington

This post is one in a series about the 2016 MLB Playoffs and World Series.

The MLB-best Chicago Cubs will play on in October, defeating the San Francisco Giants and their even-year magic in the fourth game of the NLDS. Chicago will be heavy favorites against whichever NL opponent they face off against and currently enjoy the top World Series expectancy of 43%. In the battle to determine who will face the North Side juggernaut, the Los Angeles Dodgers staved off elimination with a win over the Washington Nationals.

The American League representatives, the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays, saw their World Series expectancies decline slowly as the prospect of facing the Cubs in the Fall Classic increased.

In the last game of 2016 Division Series play, the simulator has the Nationals beating LA 56 times out of 100. The winner will face the Cubs in the NLCS, needing to win at least one game in Chicago to advance to the World Series. Which one will it be, and what will their chances be win the final result shakes out? Check back soon for these answers and more.

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