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We’re getting closer to a Cubs-Indians World Series

Sunday morning’s Say Hey, Baseball includes another step closer to the most unlikely World Series matchup, an update on Devon Travis and the qualifying offer.

NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v Chicago Cubs - Game One Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

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Every day that goes by is just more proof that 2016 is a strange year. Based purely on history, there was no World Series matchup more unlikely than Cubs-Indians, and yet we are just three wins from the former team advancing and two from the latter from that very scenario playing out. Cleveland has been a legitimate juggernaut thus far in the postseason, sweeping Boston in the ALDS and taking the first two from Toronto in the ALCS. On Saturday, they rode another great start from Josh Tomlin, who now has two great postseason outings against two of the league’s best lineups.

In Chicago, it looked for a moment like Cubs fans were about to be heartbroken again. Everything started out dandy for the best team in baseball as Jon Lester limited the damage despite some hard contact thanks to the stout defense behind him. The Cubs got on the board early with three runs in the first two innings, including a tally mark from Javy Baez stealing home. Then, the Dodgers started to rally against the Cubs bullpen and eventually tied the game in the eighth off of Aroldis Chapman. Once again, however, this just feels like a different year as the Cubs scored five runs in the eighth including a two-strike, two-out go-ahead grand slam by pinch hitter Miguel Montero.

Cleveland gets a day off before trying to continue their postseason dominance. The good news for the Blue Jays is that while the Indians were one of the league’s best teams at home, they were much different on the road. The bad news is the Indians get their number two starter back in Trevor Bauer after he missed his last start with an injury that resulted from repairing a drone. The Cubs, meanwhile, continue their series against the Dodgers Sunday night. In this one, Clayton Kershaw will look to keep reversing the narrative surrounding his postseason performance.