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New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs
In the days before the National League and American League played each other in regular season, interleague matchups, the Cubs and Mets were bitter rivals. Before interleague games were incorporated into the schedule, every team would play the other teams in its league 12 or 13 times a season. After the players’ strike in the mid 90s, MLB teams were placed into divisions, and the Cubs and Mets moved to separate divisions within the National League. Still, older fans of both teams remember the days of a dozen matchups a year.
The fans who weren’t around the Cubs vs. Mets rivalry of old will definitely remember the 2015 National League Championship Series between the two teams. The 2015 NLCS was the first time the old rivals had ever met in the playoffs. The Mets were making their first playoff appearance in nearly a decade, and the Cubs were as close as they had ever been to snapping their century-long championship drought. The Cubs had won all seven of their matchups against the Mets in the regular season, but they weren’t able to translate that record into postseason success. The Mets swept the Cubs in the series and became National League Champions. They moved on to the World Series, where they lost to the Kansas City Royals.
The Cubs returned to the playoffs in the following season, and they were finally able to break their curse and win the World Series. The Cubs have won three World Series championships overall. The Mets also made it back to the playoffs in 2016 but lost to the San Francisco Giants in the Wild Card Game. The Mets have been World Series champions twice. Their last World Series win came in 1986.
Historic Mets vs. Cubs Games
2015 NLCS, Game 4: The Mets had all the momentum going into this elimination game in the National League Championship series. They stunned the Cubs, a team that had had the Mets’ number during the regular season (Chicago won all seven games against New York) and won the first three games of the NLCS. New York got off to a quick start in Game 4: they scored six runs in the first two innings. 42 year old Bartolo Colon picked up the win on the mound for the Mets. With the win, the Mets advanced to the World Series for the first time in 15 years.
Ending the Losing Streak: After their playoff sweep in 2015, the Mets swept the Cubs again in the first series between the clubs in the 2016 season. The Cubs had to wait till their second series with the Mets in 2016 to have their revenge. With a 2-2 count against him, the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo fouled off five straight pitches and clobbered the sixth to hit a two-out, three-run home run. The win was the Cubs’ first in eight games against the Mets.
When do the Mets play the Cubs?
The Mets and Cubs play in different divisions within the National League. The Mets play in the National League East, and the Cubs play in the NL Central. Teams within the same league but in different divisions will play each other about eight times in a season, and playoff matchups are also possible.
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