by Alan Spector

Just as he did with the Tampa Bay Rays, manager Joe Maddon is hoping to take a perennial also-ran to the World Series.

Maddon's Chicago Cubs are back home and just one win away from a trip to the Fall Classic.

The Cubs can punch their ticket with a win in Saturday night's Game Six of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field.

Chicago grabbed a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven matchup with an 8-4 win in Thursday's Game Five at Los Angeles.

Kyle Hendricks will start for the Cubs, while the Dodgers turn to ace Clayton Kershaw.   It's a rematch of Game Two, which LA won, 1-0.

The Cubs are looking to reach their first World Series since 1945.  The Dodgers haven't made it to the Fall Classic since 1988.

The National League winner will take on the American League champion Cleveland Indians.