It is down to just four teams left in Major League Baseball this season.

The Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians are the only teams remaining with the chance to win the coveted Commissioner’s Trophy in 2016.

The National League Championship Series will feature the Cubs and the Dodgers. The series will kickoff on Saturday at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago won the regular season series over Los Angeles, 4-3, In those seven games, the Cubs posted 19 runs to the Dodgers 16. This is not that alarming of a number seeing as both teams are predominantly known for their pitching rotations and not their slugging. I would expect much the same in the NLCS. As far as how the series will turn out? In a word, a classic. If both teams pitch to their respective reputations, this series will go six games, with Chicago winning 4-2 to advance to the Fall Classic.

As for the American League Championship Series, it will be the Blue Jays against the Indians. The series kicks off tonight in chilly Cleveland, Ohio at Progressive Field.

Cleveland took four out of seven games from Toronto this season. A little more offensive firepower was displayed in these seven games than in that of the remaining National League teams’ series. The Blue Jays lit up Cleveland for 38 runs over the aforementioned games, which saw them posting 17 runs in one of their three victories. The Indians plated 24 against Toronto during the regular season series. Both AL teams can be inconsistent in their offense as well as their pitching. I am predicting that this series will go all seven games with Toronto edging out Cleveland, 4-3.

That all means that my predictions earlier in the season would hold true. The Chicago Cubs and the Toronto Blue Jays meeting in the World Series. The Cubs pitching will overpower the Jays bats in the series. It will be a Fall Classic for the ages to say the least. All seven games will be necessary, but in the end the Cubs will snap a 107-year long World Series Championship drought by beating the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-3.

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