For the third straight year, the Cubs' season could hinge on an important series with the San Francisco Giants. In August of 2015, the Cubs swept the Giants in a four-game set at Wrigley Field and they built off that momentum to win 97 games and make it all the way to the National League Championship Series. Last fall, the Cubs rallied to beat the Giants in an epic comeback in Game 4 of the NLDS, essentially winning the World Series in that game, by Joe Maddon's opinion. The 2017 Cubs have spent all year hovering around .500 before winning three of four against the Giants this week at Wrigley, looking more and more like the defending champs. Thursday's 5-1 win over the Giants was the icing on
Robbie Ray pitched seven innings of two-hit ball to lower the NL's second-best road ERA to 0.57, Gregor Blanco and Chris Owings homered, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 Thursday night for their ninth win in 10 games. Ray (4-3), coming off a dominating performance against San Diego in his last start, did not allow a run for the second straight outing. He struck out nine and walked none to send the Brewers to their season-worst fourth straight loss. Arizona, coming off a three-game sweep against the Chicago White Sox, has won four straight to move 11 games above .500 for the first time since 2011. Blanco, who went 3 for 4, hit the second pitch of the game off Milwaukee
ESPN.com The Pittsburgh Pirates haven't won the World Series since 1979. The New York Mets haven't won since 1986. And the Cleveland Indians have been waiting since 1946. Add them to the list of teams that have never won the championship -- Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and Colorado Rockies -- and you have a lot of fan bases waiting for a big parade. So which one of these teams is most likely to win the World Series next? Get your vote in now! Then, ESPN's Jessica Mendoza, Aaron Boone and Buster Olney will make their picks during Sunday's game between the Pirates and Mets (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET).