HOLY COW! The comeback Cubs showed up in Cleveland tonight, beating Cleveland 9-3 to force a Game 7!
Addison Russell tied a World Series record with 6 RBI and became the only shortstop, youngest Cub, and second-youngest player ever to hit a grand slam in a World Series. Kris Bryant homered for the second straight game while going 4-for-5; Rizzo homered and went 3-for-5; Jake Arrieta struck out 9 in 5.2 innings of 3-hit, 2-run ball; and Montgomery, Chapman, Strop, and Wood closed out the game with 3.1 innings of one-run relief.
There really are only two words...
The 2016 Chicago Cubs are a win away from making history, and we will be living and dying with every pitch. World Series Game 7 is Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Central Time.
The Chicago Cubs Magic Number is derived by the following equation: Total Number of Games + 1 - Wins by the Cubs - Losses by Best Opponent.
The Magic Number is affected by one of two events, a Cubs win or the best opponent losing. The number is 163 at the beginning of the season. When the number hits 0, the Cubs have clinched the NL Central and are in the PLAYOFFS!
This site represents the Magic Number for clinching the National League Central Division. If the Wild Card becomes relevant for getting into the postseason, this site may contain both. In that case, the Wild Card number will clearly be denoted.
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