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2016 MLB postseason: Complete coverage of every series

Originally Published: September 30, 2016
By ESPN.com

Chicago CubsEzra Shaw/Getty ImagesThe Chicago Cubs celebrate after winning 8-7 in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field.

From the wild-card round through the World Series, ESPN has you covered.

Every postseason game will be carried live on ESPNRadio.com.

Key links

2016 MLB playoff schedule

Schoenfield: The biggest myths of October

Schoenfield: The dawn of a new era of playoff strategy?

Caple: Postseason Misery Meter

Build your own October Dream Team

World Series: Cubs beat Indians 4-3

Ben ZobristDavid J. Phillip/AP PhotoUtilityman Ben Zobrist enjoys his biggest moment after plating the go-ahead double in the 10th inning of Game 7.

Game 7

Stark: Cubs curse ends with greatest Game 7 ever played

Rogers: Zo Cubs Zo! Zobrist leads Chicago to promised land

Crasnick: Anatomy of an epic Cubs' comeback

Doolittle: The rain-delay meeting that changed Cubs history

Miller: Baseball's little miracles: From the late rounds to Game 7

From 1908 until now: Cubs' run of heartache finally ends

Doolittle: The clutch moments that won the Cubs the World Series

Marchand: All the desire in the World couldn't end Cleveland's drought

Stats & Info: Ross leaves on highest high note

Stats & Info: The numbers behind the ending of baseball's longest title drought

Reax: Cubs win! Cubs win! Epic Game 7 victory ends Series curse

Game 6

Rogers: Addison comes of age: Russell's slam guarantees Game 7

Marchand: Game 6: The worst night of Tyler Naquin's sporting life

Doolittle: Will use of Chapman come back to haunt Cubs?

Wulf: The brilliance of Maddon and Francona

What we learned: Cubs, Indians both roll the dice, but fans win a Game 7

Stats & Info: Addison Russell puts a grand stamp on Game 6

Reax: It ain't over! Cubs rock Cleveland, force Game 7

Game 5

Miller: Aroldis' entrance: The moment this World Series got interesting

Inside call that kept Cubs alive: Aroldis Chapman for eight outs

Doolittle: Kris Bryant shows up just in time for the Cubs

Lauber: Indians fine bringing the party back to Cleveland

What we learned: Cubs can still fire on all cylinders

Game 4

Doolittle: Wait 'til now: How the Cubs can still win the World Series

What we learned: Corey Kluber is too good

Stats & Info: Kluber dominates differently in Game 4 win

Kluber's command over Cubs puts Tribe on verge of title

Game 3

Stark: Sorry, Wrigleyville: Cleveland's come to crash your party

The World Series returns to Wrigley Field Photo Gallery

The View from 416: At the World Series at Wrigley with my dad

Crasnick: Francona's masterpiece puts Tribe in control

Doolittle: Joe Maddon's dilemma: When to play the Kyle Schwarber card

Rogers: The bats are quiet and the Cubs are down, can they rebound?

What we learned: No joy in Wrigleyville, mighty Baez has struck out

Game 2

Rogers: Cubs flip the script: Vintage Arrieta, Schwarber pull Chicago even in World Series

Marchand: Trevor Bauer and The Drone could become a part of Cleveland's sports misery

What we learned: Schwarber becomes a huge threat in Cubs' lineup

Game 1

Crasnick: Day after day, Indians find a way

Stark: Why the Cubs are in more trouble than you might think

Doolittle: Why Cubs' formula won't work against the Indians

Marchand: Could Kluber's Game 1 dominance spell doom for Cubs?

Rogers: Lester at a loss: Ace's first-inning woes put Cubs in World Series hole

Preview

ESPN experts make their World Series picks

MLB Insiders Roundtable: Who will win, and which player could be the difference?Insider

Bryant: It's not just trivia -- Dexter Fowler's place in history matters

Crasnick: The moments that defined the Indians' run to the World Series

Schoenfield: Kyle Schwarber's addition to Cubs' roster worth the risk

Crasnick: Indians trying to achieve what 1990s juggernaut teams couldn't

Miller: Are statheads responsible for the most exciting postseason in years?

Rogers: Lester thinks young Cubs can handle World Series moment

Olney: Key matchups to watch in World Series: Will Tribe run at will on Cubs pitchers?Insider

• Kurkjian: Who breaks their World Series curse first: Cubs or Indians?

• Cubs vs. Indians: Who has the edge in the World Series?

Crasnick: Jose Ramirez's breakout season has teammates singing his praises -- and wearing his T-shirts

Marchand: How Indians struck a deal for October's whiff king

Schoenfield: How the Indians were built: Shrewd drafts, even shrewder moves

Olney: Theo Epstein's Hall of Fame resumeInsider

Cleveland and Chicago: Fans who've learned to cope

Van Valkenburg: The night Cleveland ruled the sports world

Tale of Two Cities: Roundtable on the best of Chicago and Cleveland

Caple: Juuust a bit outside: The 'Major League' movies aren't as good as you remember them

An interview with 'Major League' director David S. Ward

The View from 216: Who do you take to the World Series -- Your husband or your daughter?

Crawford: Dad, this World Series is for you

NLCS: Cubs beat Dodgers 4-2

Anthony RizzoJon Durr/USA TODAY Sports

Game 6

Stark: The World changed Saturday night at Wrigley

The Professor pitches the Cubs to the World Series

Let it soak in: There was no stopping these Cubs

• Holy Cow! Cubs are going to the World Series!

• Finally! The Cubs' six darkest days lead to their brightest

Padilla: Dodgers' 2016 recipe abandons them at the worst possible time

Stats & Info: With no curveball, Kershaw had little chance

Game 5

Rogers: Riding the backs of their young core, Cubs surge ahead in NLCS

Doolittle: Jon Lester's October glare puts Dodgers on the ropes

Padilla: Dodgers facing new postseason reality: Going to the pen isn't working

Rogers: No roster spot? no problem: Szczur still an NLCS star

Simon: Who are the leading NLCS MVP candidates?

Reax: Russell's blast puts Cubs win away from World Series

Game 4

Doolittle: Rizzo's something borrowed leaves the Dodgers blue

Rogers: Inside the inning that might have saved the Cubs' season

Padilla: Upon further review, Dodgers' momentum shifts to Cubs

Stats & Info: How the Cubs won -- The heat maps tell the story

Reax: Cubs end slump, drub Dodgers to tie NLCS

Game 3

Padilla: Ex-Cub Hill pitches Dodgers to NLCS lead

Rogers: Another shutout? Even Joe Maddon is at a loss for words

Doolittle: Cubs' woeful offense puts Jake Arrieta & Co. under pressure

Stats & Info: Difference-maker -- Corey Seager has a breakthrough

Reax: Rich Hill handcuffs Cubs as Dodgers take 2-1 NLCS lead

Game 2

Padilla: Kershaw's October to remember continues as Dodgers get even in NLCS

Rogers: Should Kershaw's gem spark Cubs lineup shakeup?

What we learned: Clayton Kershaw has first scoreless playoff game

Simon: Inside the AB -- Adrian Gonzalez hits a game-winning HR

Reax: Kershaw, Dodgers escape with Game 2 win at Wrigley Field

Game 1

Stark: Maddon 'wins' a crazy round of managerial chess

Rogers: Miguel Montero -- The Game 1 hero without a starting job

Doolittle: Lester's night ends with pinch-hitter in the sixth inning of Game 1

Padilla: Crushing blow has Dodgers dazed, but still seeing positives

Stats & Info: What does a 1-0 NLCS lead mean for the Cubs? 

Rogers: Javier Baez continues electrifying postseason with steal of home

ALCS: Indians defeat Blue Jays, 4-1

IndiansElsa/Getty Images

Game 5

Lauber: Terry Francona has had a "masterful" October

Crasnick: Andrew Miller, who wanted to fit in, stands out as ALCS MVP

Marchand: It could be the end of an era for the Blue Jays

• Simon: Ryan Merritt's unlikely path to ALCS hero

Game 4

Stats & Info: How did Aaron Sanchez do it? With his curveball

Reax: Josh Donaldson's big day keeps Blue Jays alive in ALCS

Game 3

Lauber: World Series in sight, Indians' pen stops the bleeding in Game 3

Marchand: Is the ALCS over? Down 3-0, the Blue Jays are a bloody mess

What we learned: Indians' Bauer exits early, Blue Jays' Stroman stays in too long

Game 2

Crasnick: October surprise -- Andrew Miller becomes a household name

Marchand: Will Blue Jays be defined by failure to hit?

Stories from the series

Olney: Bauer's finger could lead to messy situation for umpires Insider

Schoenfield: How Cleveland scored more than Toronto in '16

Game 1

Crasnick: Lindor lights up Cleveland, lifts Indians to Game 1 win

Olney: Francisco Lindor's HRs are emotional explosions  Insider

Best of the NLDS

Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles DodgersGetty Images

Cubs eliminate Giants 

Rogers: Giant stunner -- Inside the Cubs' clinching rally

Doolittle: The clutch moments that landed the Cubs in the NLCS

Saxon: Giants lose even-year mojo to ninth-inning meltdown

Saxon: Giants' Gillaspie beats Cubs closer's heat to help force a Game 4

Stark: These Cubs find every which way to beat you

Rogers: Baez came a long way to deliver decisive Game 1 blast

Dodgers eliminate Nationals

Padilla: Bring on the Cubs! Kershaw's save sends Dodgers to NLCS

Matz: Anatomy of the Nats' seventh-inning nightmare

What we learned: Dodgers win as Clayton Kershaw comes to the rescue

Simon: Inside the at-bats that decided an epic game

Best of the ALDS 

Indians vs. Blue JaysAP Photo, Getty Images

Indians sweep Red Sox

Crasnick: Indians' grinders pull off surprise sweep in Boston

Marchand: Indians sweep Red Sox, end David Ortiz's career

Marchand: Kluber aces Price as Indians take control of ALDS

Lauber: Mighty Red Sox offense has gone missing in ALDS

LeBron James pumps up Indians crowd before Game 2

Bucking trend, Indians go to Andrew Miller early in Game 1 win

Blue Jays sweep Rangers

Caple: Blue Jays savor win over bitter postseason rivals

JJT: Rangers again throw away chance in the playoffs

Caple: Homer-happy Blue Jays knocking Rangers right out of the park

Caple: Estrada, backed by Blue Jays' bats, puts sleeper hold on Rangers

Stats & Info: Blue Jays' big bats find great comfort in Arlington

Best of the wild-card round

Edwin Encarnacion and Conor GillaspieGetty Images

Blue Jays outlast Orioles

Caple: Touch 'em all, Edwin! Encarnacion's blast sends Jays to ALDS

Crasnick: Where was Zach Britton in the 11th inning?

What we learned: Buck Showalter's epic failure costs Orioles

Miller: Out-by-out explanation -- When Buck should have used Britton

Giants stun Mets

Stark: Bumgarner is a legend of the fall

Saxon: Gillaspie becomes latest Giant to deliver storybook moment

Rubin: Familiar night for Familia

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