CHICAGO -- The Cubs spent virtually the entire season ahead of the pack, entering the year as the favorites, storming out of the gates with the best record in the Major Leagues and finishing with 103 wins. They have faced adversity during the postseason -- a ninth inning away from a winner-take-all game in the National League Division Series against the Giants, and a series deficit in the NL Championship Series against the Dodgers -- but they responded each time.
Now comes the Cubs' biggest challenge. In order to erase the franchise's 108-year drought without a World Series championship, they must overcome a 3-1 series deficit after dropping Game 4 against the Indians, 7-2, on Saturday night.
Only six of the 46 teams that have fallen behind 3-1 in the World Series came back to win the championship. The last to do so was the 1985 Royals. Just three of those six teams did so by winning Game 5 at home and the final two games on the road -- the 1979 Pirates, '68 Tigers and '58 Yankees.
"Tomorrow is it," catcher David Ross said. "There's no sense of even talking past tomorrow."
Chicago can take solace in the fact that the team has not lost three games in a row since July 9 and will start left-hander Jon Lester, who played for the 2007 Red Sox that rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the American League Championship Series, against the Indians.
The Cubs did have success against Game 5 Indians starter Trevor Bauer in Game 2 of this Series, when they scored two runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings, and Bauer will make his next start on short rest. The Cubs also scored a run off the previously impeccable Andrew Miller on Saturday night, when Dexter Fowler's solo blast in the eighth inning became the first run Miller has allowed in his postseason career.
"We've got a good team and we've done it in the past," catcher Miguel Montero said. "It's not going to be easy, but it's not impossible."
Outfield Jason Heyward, who had two of the Cubs' seven hits on Saturday night, believes his team can bounce back.
"I wouldn't change anything," Heyward said. "I don't think we feel that way. We've won three games in a row before.
"We keep going until the end. From Spring Training until this day, we've tried to get after it, have fun, and bring the best out in each other. We look up at the end to see where that gets you."
Jamal Collier has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2014. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.