Chicago Cubs Swept in NLCS Amid Memorable Season

Getting swept by the New York Mets in the National League Championship Series is something the Chicago Cubs team and fans will soon want to forget. But the loss came during a memorable season for the Cubs. We reflect on the team’s 2015 season and look at what moves they will want to make in the off-season to keep them in contention next year.

Joining us to breakdown the season are Chicago Tribune baseball writer Paul Sullivan and WBEZ’s Cheryl Raye-Stout.

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Notable quotes

Manager Joe Maddon (on what he said to the team after the game)
“I want them to understand and embrace all that they’ve done well this year. Just don’t look at these last couple of games and focus on that at all. See how far we’ve come in a very short period of time, understand the personal growth and the team growth [that] occurred, and also understand [when] we go to spring training next year we can really just jump right on it.”

Pitcher Jake Arrieta
“There’s nothing to hang your head about. Right now it stings a little bit with getting swept in this championship series but we ran into an extremely hot team that just outplayed us.”  

Pitcher Jon Lester
“We’ve got a great young group of guys that now know how to win. Not only that, I think the biggest thing for me is they know how to compete. They know how to compete. They know they can compete with the best of the best. We beat the best team in baseball to get to this point.”

Third baseman Kris Bryant
“I don’t really care that I hit a home run on my last at-bat. It don’t matter. We lost and our season’s over, and that’s not fun. But we’ll remember this taste in our mouth right now and it’ll motivate us for next year.”

Notable Moments This Season

Addison Russell’s game saving play
With St. Louis’ tying run on base, Addison Russell made a diving stop and diving flip to second for the game’s final out. The Cubs won 5-4 over the Cardinals on Sept. 19.

Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter
On Aug. 30, Jake Arrieta threw his first career-no hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kris Bryant’s two-run homer set the final score 2-0, breaking a Cubs four-game losing streak.

Six Homers in One Game
The Chicago Cubs become the first team to hit six home runs in a postseason game by six different players: Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Kyle Schwarber. The six home runs helped the Cubs to a 8-6 victory over St. Louis on Oct. 12.

Kyle Schwarber’s Home Run
Rookie Kyle Schwarber smashes a home run into right field during Game 4 against the St. Louis Cardinals. The ball landed on top of the scoreboard and has been encased in a Plexiglass case where it remains.

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