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Now the Cubs Face a Winner-Take-All Playoff Game – a Rarity in 2015-17, But a Happy One

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Having dropped today’s makeup, no-mold, Stephen-Strasburg-dominated Game Four, the Cubs will face the Nationals in a decisive Game Five in Washington tomorrow.


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Tensions are high.

And they’ve been high here in the postseason for three straight years for the Cubs, but that doesn’t mean that tomorrow’s game won’t be a rarity.

Consider this: the Cubs started their postseason run in 2015 with a winner-take-all game in Pittsburgh, the Wild Card Game. They won that one and moved on to the NLDS, which they took from the Cardinals 3-1. They then lost four straight to the Mets in the NLCS.

In 2016, the Cubs won the NLDS 3-1 over the Giants, and then beat the Dodgers 4-2 in the NLCS. It wasn’t until the 2016 World Series that the Cubs faced another elimination game – three of them, to be precise. The Cubs, of course, went on to win games five and six, setting up a decisive, winner-take-all Game Seven … arguably the greatest game in baseball history.


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And now, here we stand in 2017, and the Cubs will play only their third winner-take-all game in this three-year postseason run. Interestingly, the first two also came on the road, and the Cubs won them both.

Tomorrow’s winner-take-all will come in Washington. Nighty night. Sleep tight.


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.