Phil Rogers joined MLB.com in 2013, and has covered Major League Baseball since 1984.
|Next year? Did somebody say next year? That's so 2015 for the Cubs. Next year is now.
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|It took 4 hours, 16 minutes to play Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, and the time spent watching Jason Heyward bat must have seemed like a horror film for Cubs fans.
More» Heyward snags Utley's deep fly ball|
|Joe Maddon made the right moves in Game 5 of the NLCS and has the Cubs on the verge of advancing to the World Series. But lurking in the shadows is "the best there ever was," Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
More» Maddon on returning to Chicago with lead|
|With Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell among the Cubs wearing the biggest smiles after a 10-2 victory Wednesday in Game 4, the Dodgers' dream of a short series is gone.
More» Cubs put up five runs in the 6th|
|It's really hard to see how the Cubs go quietly against the Dodgers in the NLCS. They have too many good hitters, too many options available to manager Joe Maddon, to not bounce back after the back-to-back losses to Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill.
More» Maddon on team getting shut out in loss|
|With the NLCS now in Los Angeles, Jake Arrieta, John Lackey and Jon Lester give the Cubs an advantage over the Dodgers in Games 3-5, assuming you believe pitchers control games more than noisy fans or familiarity with the ballpark.
More» Arrieta on Cubs' veteran pitching staff|
|Based on Cubs manager Joe Maddon's usual philosophy and his comments following Sunday night's 1-0 loss to Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, you probably shouldn't expect drastic changes to the Cubs' lineup when the series resumes on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
More» Maddon on Baez's flyout in the 7th inning|
|How good are the Cubs? They're so good that they can win even when it seems like they're outsmarting themselves.
More» Maddon on strategizing in heat of moment|
|Bryzzo is more than just marketing. It's shorthand for the best combination of young hitters in the Major Leagues. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are the guys who make the Cubs go.
More» Bryant collects three hits, homers|
|There are a few reasons why the Cubs aren't afraid of any curses, including the leadership of four veterans who already own World Series rings and manager Joe Maddon, who announced upon arrival in Chicago that he "doesn't vibrate at that frequency." But the biggest might be that most of these players are too young to know better.
More» Bryant collects three hits, homers|
|The last thing the Cubs wanted was to see the Giants again at Wrigley Field. So rather than deal with the stress of a deciding Game 5, the Cubs cobbled together one of the most dramatic ninth-inning rallies in franchise history, wrapping up the National League Division Series with a 6-5 win at AT&T Park.
More» Contreras ties it, Baez gives Cubs lead|
|They've been there, done that, yet there are still nights when they feel like Little Leaguers who just hit their first over-the-fence homer or played their first game that ended after the Dairy Queen closed.
More» Giants stay alive on Panik's walk-off|
|Cubs manager Joe Maddon learned long ago to take nothing for granted. He knows it won't be easy to finish off the Giants in the NLDS but vows to "control the controllables.'' If you've paid attention to Maddon's decade as a Major League manager, you know his team will be both prepared and fearless.
More» Maddon looks back on Santa Clara Padres|
|They know what you're thinking, and they don't care.
More» Bochy on facing elimination after loss|
|This is going to be fun, isn't it? We knew this National League Division Series would be about pitching and defense, but who knew there would be this much great pitching and defense from the Cubs and Giants?
More» Maddon on Lester's performance, Cubs' win|
|This National League Division Series will be telling for both sides. While the Cubs didn't come out and say it, you know San Francisco is about the last team they wanted to face after piling up 103 victories in the regular season. Playing with house money after winning the World Series three times in the last seven years and wearing their every-other-year armor, the Giants are about as dangerous of an early opponent as any could face.
More» Bochy on Giants advancing to the NLDS|
|Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant will more than likely need to deliver in a big way, beginning Friday night in the National League Division Series (9 p.m. ET/8 CT on FS1) against the Giants, if there's going to be a parade down Michigan Avenue.
More» Rizzo extends lead with second RBI single|
|Word to the wise for the National League Wild Card Game winner: When you get a chance to score runs against the Cubs, you had better capitalize.
More» Rizzo dives over tarp for great grab|
|Rick Renteria follows the distant footsteps left by Johnny Evers. That he will become only the second man to manage on both sides of Chicago will either grow into a major storyline over the years or be reduced to a footnote, and like all managers Renteria can only do his part. His success or failure will largely depend on if he's given a deeper roster than Robin Ventura had in his five seasons on the job.
More» White Sox react to Ventura's departure|
|The season's final days featured vintage Giants in the Bruce Bochy era, doing exactly what the job required. The four wins against the Rockies and Dodgers to finish off the season were a whole lot like the four over the Rockies and D-backs to end the first half.
More» Bochy discusses clinching a Wild Card berth|