Whether or not they advance any further in the playoffs, the Cubs are in line to put to rest some of the ghosts of year’s past.
Today they start the NLDS series against their heated NL Central rivals–The St. Louis Cardinals. If they were to beat them in a series, it would be a very significant achievement. It would also erase their recent NLDS drought, and put the ghost of being swept to rest.
If they advance and happen to face the Los Angeles Dodgers, it would give them a chance to seek some revenge against the last team to sweep them in the National League Division Series. In 2008, LA swept them in three miserable games.
The Cubs are believed to be at least a year ahead of their schedule. They won 97 games for the first time in 8 years, with major contributions from rookies–including 3 that started in the Wild Card game. They are playing on “house money” and without fear of failure. They will be dangerous opponents to the Cardinals, and any other team they should face.