Watch live online as the Chicago Cubs invade New York City to take on the Mets — a team they defeated all seven times the two faced each other in 2015 — in Game One of the National League Championship Series, knowing that if they can continue their domination of the Mets, Chicago will be headed to the first World Series for the franchise since 1945.
And as if that seven-decade drought wasn’t frustrating enough for the Cubs and their die-hard fans, the Chicago North Side team has not won a World Series since 1908. The Cubs actually won back-to-back World Series in 1907 and 1908, just the fourth and fifth World Series ever played. But between 1909 and 1945, Chicago’s NL team reached the World Series seven times — and lost every time.
After 1945, the Cubs did not appear in any postseason game at all until 1984.
But if the regular season record is any indication, the Cubs — who won 97 regular season games compared to the Mets’ 90 — stand a pretty good chance of their first Fall Classic in 70 years. In fact, going back to 2014, the Cubs have beaten the Mets in nine straight games, and 12 of the last 14.
Needless to say, the Mets don’t see that regular season dominance as important in the postseason.
“You know, the Cubs won 97, we won 90, and the difference in the two records was the 0-7 that we had against the Cubs,” Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson told The New York Times on Thursday. “But this is a different team.”
When the Cubs and Mets last faced each other on July 2, Yoenis Cespedes, David Wright, Michael Conforto, and catcher Travis D’Arnaud were all either out of the lineup with injuries, or not yet on the Mets’s roster at all. But all four are key members of the club that went from four-and-a-half games out of first place on July 5 to win the NL East Division by a seven game margin.
To find out how to watch the Chicago Cubs Vs. New York Mets NL Championship Series Game One live online, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Game time is set for 8:07 p.m. at Citi Field in Queens, New York, on Saturday, October 17 — 7:07 p.m. Central Time, 5:07 p.m. Pacific.
The Mets move ace Matt Harvey up to start Game 1, after previously scheduled Game 1 starter Noah Syndergaard pitched an inning out of the bullpen in Thursday’s Game 5 NLDS Mets victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Cubs counter with their high-priced free agent acquisition Jon Lester, the 31-year-old former Boston Red Sox lefty who signed a six-year, $155 million contract with Chicago following the 2014 season. Lester had a somewhat disappointing season considering the $20 million he was paid in 2015, and he took the loss in Game One of the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals, the only game Chicago lost in that series, lasting seven-and-one-third innings giving up three runs on five hits and a walk.
Chicago will need better than that from Lester if they hope to get back to the World Series. The southpaw will likely start twice in the series, if it extends to seven games.
The Cubs and the Mets also bring some history into this NLCS. In 1969, the first year of divisional play, the two teams were then both in the NL East. The Cubs led the division from opening day until September 1 and held a commanding nine-game lead as late as June 15. But in the month of September, 1969, the Cubs went 9-18 as the Mets won 24 and lost only eight in the final month to win the division by a convincing eight games.
The Mets then swept the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS and defeated the Baltimore Orioles four games to one, to win their first World Series. But they have never faced the Cubs in the postseason and have not won a World Series since 1986, or appeared in one since 2000.
To watch Game One of the Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets National League Championship Series live online and see which team takes the first step toward returning to the World Series, go to the WatchTBS site at this link. Login credentials from a cable or satellite provider will be required to access the live stream. To watch the Cubs vs. Mets game on mobile devices, to see the first NLCS game for New York since 2006, and the first trip to the National League Championship Series for the Cubs since 2003, download the WatchTBS app.
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