Dodgers crush the Cubs
The Los Angeles Dodgers ended the reign of the Chicago Cubs as World Series champions on Thursday with an 11-1 victory at Wrigley Field.
Enrique Hernandez went 3-for-4 on the evening, but all three hits were home runs as the outfielder also drove in seven to pace the Dodgers.
Clayton Kershaw went the first six innings for LA allowing the Chicago single run on three hits and a walk while striking out five.
The win closed out a 4-1 series triumph as the Dodgers comfortably took the National League Championship crown and now move on to await either the Houston Astros or the New York Yankees in the World Series.
The loss ended what was a very strange season for the Cubs who appeared to have a serious World Series hangover and yet made it back not only to the postseason, but also all the way to the NLCS.
Chicago was generally playing at a fraction of their ability with poor starting pitching and an everyday line-up that struggled all season. Scoring just eight runs in the five games was indicative of the issues that the Cubs had.
However this is still a young and very good Chicago side. The Cubs will need to invest in some more starting pitching, but that has been obvious since before the season started and one or two tweaks may come in their everyday line-up.
Make no mistake, however, Chicago should be a postseason fixture for at least the next five years.
The Dodgers meanwhile are 1.62 for win the World Series. New York are 4.70 while the Astros are 2.40.
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