These two historic franchises square off in the playoffs for the first time since 2008, when the Dodgers swept the Cubs 3-0 in the Divisional round. The Cubs are playing for more than revenge; they are playing to make the franchise’s first World Series in over 70 years. The Dodgers are fighting to overcome their recent string of playoff disappoints.
In less than a decade, Chicago’s franchise identity transformed drastically. Fanbases across the league — except the division rivals Brewers, Cardinals, Pirates and Reds — widely considered the Cubs the lovable underdog. The Cubs were the team that never caught a lucky break. Since ballplayers and their fans are overtly superstitious, many believed the Cubs were cursed. Oh, how times and mentalities have changed. Since hiring “curse breaker” general manager (GM) Theo Epstein in 2011, the Cubs have assembled a parade of young, talented superstars like 1B Anthony Rizzo, 3B Kris Bryant, P Jake Arrieta, and P John Lester. This star-studded lineup finished 103-58 and were so dominant on the field, their play rivaled many of MLB’s greatest historic teams. They are clearly and deservedly the World Series favorite. Not only that, they have the opportunity to win multiple titles as many of their star players are locked into rookie or long-term contracts. It is safe to say that the Cubs are destined to finally end their long overdue World Series drought.
The Dodgers have reached the playoffs four seasons in a row. As good as that sounds, they have not been able to move past the NLCS. It is as if they are stuck in playoff purgatory. They weren’t bad teams by any means, but they weren’t good enough for the World Series. That being said, this Dodgers team is different. Much like the Cubs, the Dodgers have a huge amount of young talent, starting with SS Corey Seager, CF Joc Pederson, and P Julio Urias. These stars in the making have brought new life into the franchise. There is team and fan belief that this core will spark the Dodgers into their first World Series in over 25 years. Incorporating the young talent with superstar veterans P Clayton Kershaw, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, and LF Yasiel Puig, it would be no surprise if the Dodgers beat the Cubs.
Because of the magnitude of this NLCS, TickPick has seen a huge surge in ticket sales. Most Cubs fans were not alive the last time their team reached the World Series, in 1945. Their long wait has ignited an excitement that many have never experienced before. Cubs fans believe they are due and want to witness their team’s ride to the championship firsthand. The same thing can be said about Dodgers’ fans. Their team has not advanced to the World Series since 1988. The 2016 team is good enough to end their title drought, and fans are desperate to share in their team’s success. With a get-in price of $187, ticket sales for game one alone have increased over 300% on TickPick since the Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants in the NLDS. Tickets for the NLCS are trending upward and are only going to get more scarce and expensive, so be sure to get yours off TickPick, where there are no buyer fees. This series has the makings of an instant classic. Do not miss it.