The MLB recently released the playoff schedule with the World Series starting on October 25 and Chicago Cubs fans should feel excited. The latest MLB rumors and projections revealed that the Cubs have a 22 percent chance of ending the Curse of the Billy Goat.
The Cubs are currently the best team in baseball with an 81-45 record with more than a month to play. The team is already locked in to win the NL Central Division as they are 14 games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals and it would only take an epic collapse to bring them down.
According to the latest projections of FiveThirtyEight, the Chicago Cubs have more than a 99 percent chance of making the playoffs and winning the division. They also have a 22 percent chance of ending the team’s 108-year championship drought.
The Cubs last won the World Series in 1908 and has never played in a World Series since 1945. The curse believed to have started in Game 4 of the 1945 World Series when Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis was asked to leave due to the odor of his pet goat named Murphy, per MLB.com.
After the curse was put on the Cubs, the team went on to lose the 1945 World Series against the Detroit Tigers, 4-3. Ever since 1945, they have only made the playoffs seven times and the closest they come in breaking the curse was in 2003.
The Cubs were just five outs away from reaching the World Series when the Steve Bartman incident happened. The team lost their 3-0 lead in the 8th inning of Game 6 and they eventually lost the NLCS in Game 7 against the Florida Marlins.
On the other hand, the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers followed the Cubs in the projections. Nevertheless, the Chicago Cubs have a great lineup and rotation with the bullpen slowly coming together ever since the acquisition of Aroldis Chapman.
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