Cubs' bats, Mets' arms in battle for World Series berth

Fri Oct 16, 2015 2:07pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cubs' power bats, Mets' power arms bid for World Series

The future is now for the emerging Chicago Cubs and New York Mets and will be played out over a best-of-seven clash with a trip to the World Series at stake.

The Chicago Cubs have been building a young, blockbuster offense with an aim to ending a century-old title drought.

The New York Mets have come out of hibernation on the arms of young fireballing pitchers after years of penny-pinching following a financial disaster for their owners.

Two teams that saw themselves ramping up to a golden age, have suddenly landed in the big time and will be squaring off in the National League Championship Series starting in New York on Saturday.

The Cubs have not won Major League Baseball's title in a mind-boggling 107 years.

But Chicago, with sluggers including 23-year-old Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo (26), Jorge Soler (23) and Kyle Schwarber (22), have shown they are ready for the biggest stage, blasting a postseason record six homers in one game against Division Series victims St. Louis.

New York counters with a trio of rocket-armed starters in Jacob deGrom (27), Noah Syndergaard (23) and Game One starter Matt Harvey (26).   Continued...

October 15, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) celebrates the 3-2 victory against Los Angeles Dodgers following game five of NLDS at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports