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Chicago Cubs News: Cubs advance while Baez, Lester earn MVP honors

Oct 22, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester and third baseman Javier Baez celebrate after receiving the NLCS MVP award after game six of the 2016 NLCS playoff baseball series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 22, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester and third baseman Javier Baez celebrate after receiving the NLCS MVP award after game six of the 2016 NLCS playoff baseball series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series for the first time in 71-years after defeating the Dodgers. Joe Maddon‘s first baseman and rookie catcher took Kershaw deep in the 5-0 win to advance.

And who earned MVP honors? For the Chicago Cubs, a few names stood out ahead of Game 6 of the LCS. On one side, you had Javier Baez who was absolutely amazing for Joe Maddon throughout the entire postseason thus far.

Baez has been a defensive and offensive juggernaut for Chicago. In 38 at-bats, he has recorded 13 hits, scored seven times, while launching one big fly and driving in seven RBI in the process. Not to mention, he was slashing .342/.366/.892.

You can’t forget his defense. He made several defensive gems in both the NLDS and NLCS — one including a barehanded throw on a bunt by Adrian Gonzalez.

Javier managed to throw Adrian out by a half step. A huge out that played key in Game 5’s win in Los Angeles. Only two days later, he turns an impressive double play by fielding a ball, tagging Andrew Toles and throwing out a runner at first base in the first inning.

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Then you have southpaw, Jon Lester. Lester emerged as the clubs Ace this season, filling in for Jake Arrieta who battled consistency issues.

There is no doubt that Lester has been another key piece in the Cubs winning the pennant. In three starts this postseason, he holds a 2-0 record with an earned run average below one.

In fact, it currently sits at 0.86 while his K/BB ratio is 14/2. Lester pitched extremely well against the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Hard Work, High Reward

Two teams that possess hard-hitting lineups, like the Cubs. From Justin Turner to Joc Pederson, Connor Gillispie, Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, Corey Seager, and a few others — it wasn’t an easy task for him.

However, the veteran southpaw knows what it takes to pitch deep into October as he has done so with the Boston Red Sox. And a brief Wild Card game with the Oakland Athletics prior to signing with the Chicago Cubs.

While the rest of the team was celebrating near the dugout, Javier Baez and Jon Lester stood on a stage. They were both named co-MVPs of the LCS. Now they have four more wins to reel in the hardware that matters the most.

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Throughout the day, you may end up reading personal stories from contributors and experts about how they felt regarding the Cubs clinching. It was an important time for everyone who has backed this team through thick and thin.

Not to mention, other news and opinion pieces involving the upcoming series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. Last night definitely felt great but imagine how we are all going to feel when the Cubs record the third and final out of the World Series.

Let’s continue to Fly The W.

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