After 123 years and 2,361 regular season games, the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals are set to meet in their first-ever postseason series. That fact alone probably makes this series the marquee matchup of the opening round. However, we also must take into account that both of these teams entered the postseason with better records than anyone else still playing. That’s because the NL Central absolutely dominated the competition this season with St. Louis (100 wins), the now-eliminated Pittsburgh Pirates (98) and Chicago (97) finishing with the three highest win totals in MLB. [ Related: Yahoo Sports' MLB writers make their postseason predictions ] That may lead to changes in the postseason seeding down the road. For this season, only one can reach the NLCS, and that should only add to the intensity of the series. The Cardinals enter as the top dog with the best record, the most postseason experience and the championship pedigree, but there’s a hunger in this Cubs team that will be difficult to deny. Forget the Cubs 108-year World Series championship drought. That does not reflect on the 2015 team in any way. They are ready to make and rewrite history, and the Cardinals may just be their next victim. We can’t wait for this one. SCHEDULE Game 1: Friday in St. Louis, 6:37 p.m. ET (TBS) Game 2: Saturday in St. Louis, 5:37 p.m. ET (TBS) Game 3: Monday in Chicago, Time TBA (TBS) Game 4*: Tuesday in Chicago, Time TBA (TBS) Game 5*: Thursday in St. Louis, Time TBA (TBS) * if necessary PREVIOUSLY The Cardinals won the season series 11-8, taking seven of their 10 meetings at Busch Stadium while dropping five of nine meetings in Chicago. Worth noting, the Cubs did take four of six meetings in September.
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