The 2016 version of the Chicago Cubs are in town this weekend. This is not your father’s Chicago Cubs, the Cubbies who could not win pennants not to speak of championships, despite having great players like Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, and Ferguson Jenkins. This could be the version that breaks the curse, the curse of the goat that has kept the Cubs from winning the pennant since 1945 and kept them from winning the World Series since 1908.
This weekend’s series could be a preliminary look at what the 2016 National League Championship Series (NLCS) will be – a matchup of the Cubs and the Dodgers. Tonight’s game features starting pitchers Bud Norris and Mike Montgomery, a 26 year old lefty who was acquired in a trade with the Seattle Mariners on July 20th. Given that Montgomery is a lefty, we will also likely see Carlos “Chooch” Ruiz playing for the first time in a Dodgers uniform. Hopefully, he will be the bat that strengthens the Dodgers ability to hit against lefty pitchers. Obviously, that was an issue again last night against Matt Moore.