Can it happen again? Absolutely.

Can it happen again? Absolutely.

HOT AT THE RIGHT TIME
The Cubs went 19-9 in September — their best record for any month during the 2017 season. The bats have also really started to heat up. Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and crew scored more than 10 runs four times in September, including back-to-back games in which they scored 17 and 14 runs.

NO MORE PRESSURE
Look folks, the Cubs struggled to put it all together during much of the season, but the best team wins out in the end, and that's what happened with the NL Central race. They are underdogs against Washington in the NLDS, but all of the pressure is on the Nats. A loose Cubs team could be extremely dangerous.

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT
This will be the third straight postseason appearance for the North Siders. Even though the lineup remains relatively young in age, there's a ton of playoff experience on this roster. This group, despite Washington having home-field advantage in the best-of-five series, will not be rattled no matter the situation.

THE OPPONENT
The Nationals have a history of underachieving once they reach the postseason. Yes, they have Bryce Harper. Yes, they have a great trio of pitchers in Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez. And yes, they will start to tense up about the time Kyle Schwarber blasts one into the third deck at Nationals Park.

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF
By now, everyone knows that prior to 2016 the Cubs hadn't won a World Series since 1908. But what some of you may not realize is that the Cubs were also the 1907 World Series champions. So I'm calling it now. The Boys in Blue are going back-to-back once again! I love a parade ... and so does Chicago!

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