Chicago Cubs 2017 Playoffs Preview



Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) celebrates his RBI triple during the seventh inning on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

By Michael McKay, Staff Writer

For the third year in a row, the Chicago Cubs are back in the playoffs. Coming back to playoffs being the 2016 World Series Champions, their first win in 108 years, fans are ecstatic to see what the team can pull of this year.

The Chicago Cubs clinched their spot in the playoffs after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 on Sept. 27th, making them the National League Central Division Champions for the second year in a row.

Niles West Cub fans are jumping for joy with the Cubs clinching their playoff spot, and are looking forward to a wild post-season. Junior Sammie Simkins is ready to see her favorite team show to everyone that last year wasn’t just a fluke.

“I’m very excited, I’d love to see back-to-back World Series wins,” said Simkins. “Everybody has doubted the Cubs for so many years, but now people are switching over to be fans, but the more fans, the better.”

Senior Tricia Pabst is not nervous for the Cubs at all, and she feels that the pressure from last year’s postseason is off the team’s back.

“I’m not too nervous for the Cubs being in the playoffs this year,” said Pabst. “It felt like last year was a lot more nerve racking because it had been 108 years since they had won [The World Series]… They’re a strong team with some good competition, so I’m excited to see how well they do.”

The Cubs will start the post-season off in the National League Division Series, a five game set, against the Washington Nationals. The Nationals finished their regular season off with 97 wins and 65 losses, winning their division and ultimately one of the top threats in the postseason.

Other fans at West are slightly concerned over the competition that this year’s postseason offers, and know the Cubs are going to have to work as hard they possibly can to pull it off. Junior Adnan Perazic expresses his concerns.

“I’m honestly expecting a tough fight,” said Perazic. “We’re missing a lot of key strengths from last year, so all I could say is that it’s going to be a lot tougher. It’s going to go down to the wire.”

The Cubs are going to have to do everything in their power to defeat their tough opponents in this years season. Nonetheless, the team is still looking great and fans could not be more excited for Chicago Cubs October baseball. Go, Cubs, Go!