In a series hole, Cubs vow to keep swinging

Wed Oct 21, 2015 1:12am EDT
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By Karl Plume

CHICAGO (Reuters) - History has not often been kind to the Cubs, Chicago's popular but seldom successful north side baseball franchise, but the young team remains hopeful they can continue their post-season run.

The Cubs survived a one-game playoff to earn a spot in the National League's divisional series, where they dispatched the arch rival St. Louis Cardinals.

Now, with Wrigley Field's ivy walls turning an autumn orange, the Cubs will need to overcome yet another monumental climb to reach their first World Series since 1945 after the New York Mets scraped out a 5-2 victory on Tuesday to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

"From my perspective, (it's) business as usual tomorrow," said Cubs manager Joe Maddon. "Come out, get ready to play, and just take it from there."

Only the 2004 Boston Red Sox, who beat the New York Yankees on their way to their first championship since 1918, have battled back from a 0-3 deficit to win a seven-game series in the major leagues.

The general manager of that Boston team, Theo Epstein, is the architect of the Cubs' current revival.

"The fact we still have an opportunity to come back and do this... you think about the parallels, think about the fact that it happened against a New York team," Maddon said.

"But it's up to us to go out and play and execute."   Continued...

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Hector Rondon (56) pitches the ninth inning against the New York Mets in game three of the NLCS at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports