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Mets sweep Cubs to advance to 2015 World Series

Sorry for the sucker punch, Cubs fans.

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When it comes to the baseball playoffs and the Twins aren't involved, mostly I don't mind who wins. I'll usually cheer for the underdog, or the team that's behind in the series, because at that point all I want is as much good baseball as possible.

Suffice it to say I was disappointed by the NLCS. Good for the Mets or whatever, but it would have been nice to see the Cubs win a couple of games. At least the first three games were moderately competitive, but Chicago went out not with a bang but with a whimper.

The series as a whole was more or less the Daniel Murphy Show. His performance in the post-season will be parlayed into a qualifying offer, in the first instance, but whatever happens he's going to get at least a four-year deal worth more money than most of us will hope to see in a lifetime. Here's his record-breaking home run from last night: his sixth consecutive playoff game with a home run.

Other than that, Lucas Duda was the biggest driving force in run production for New York on Wednesday.

Kris Bryant added a two-run home run in the eighth, which Chicago fans were oddly happy about all things considered, because by that point the game was pretty well in hand. Credit for not giving up, but it was too little, too late.

At any rate, congratulations to the Mets. It's their first World Series since 2000 - a club led by Mike Piazza, Todd Zeile, Edgardo Alfonso, Benny Agbayani, Mike Hampton, Al Leiter, and Armando Benitez. I don't know about you, but all of those names seem pretty dated. It feels like much longer than 15 years.

Now we wait to see if the Blue Jays can come back versus the Royals, or whether the reigning American League champions can take their second trip in a row to the Fall Classic.