In 1969, it looked like the Chicago Cubs long postseason drought was over, with an eight-game lead in the division on August 8th and maybe that 61 years of no World Series title would end.
That was one of three focal points Cubs fans and historians always talked about until they finally became baseball’s best last season.
That same year the Montreal Expos joined the National League as an expansion team. Their luck has not always been the best, like in 1994 when they were easily the best team in baseball at 74-40, when the sport went on strike and cancelled everything the rest of the season. Montreal fans never forgave baseball, stopped coming to games, leading to transfer to Washington, where the Nationals have not won postseason series in three tries.
The MLB odds for the series at A+ rated 5Dimes have Washington at -145 and Chicago at +115.
There series does not have the feel of this guys numbers or that players numbers, it will be about other elements. We will give a numbers to think about, but it will be the other stuff that will matter.
A Few Numbers to Chew On and Head to Head Matchup
The Cubs were 43-45 at the All-Star break and closed like champions with a 49-25 record, with only Cleveland having better record in that span. Chicago had to fight to win their division and finished on a 15-6 run.
Washington had basically wrapped up the NL East at the All-Star break, thus, their mission became to stay consistent and largely the Nationals did with a 34-24 record the final two months.