The Cleveland Indians had two chances to close out the Chicago Cubs and win the World Series in Game 5 and Game 6. They were unable to do it, and now the Cubs and Indians are in a winner take all Game 7 on Wednesday night. It’s an exciting conclusion to an exciting postseason and World Series. One team will be erasing decades of misery, while the other will be celebrating far into the fall and winter. The Cubs weren’t fooling around in Game 6, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning. They were able to do all of their damage with 2 outs in that particular frame. The early dagger came on an Addison Russell grand slam in the 3rd inning, bringing the score from 3-0 to 7-0. Any hope of the Indians celebrating a World Series on Tuesday night was quickly dashed in Game 6.
The Indians will get another opportunity to avoid a complete World Series collapse tonight. There was more pressure on the Cubs going into this series, but now all of the pressure is on the Indians. They did not handle the pressure very well last night. The Indians have been relying on outstanding pitching to make it this far, but when they needed their offense to help out, the offense was nowhere to be found. Josh Tomlin could not find his pitch from the get-go. He left a meatball hanging over the plate for the first Cubs’ run of the night.
Tomlin tried the curveball but the ensuing result was a ball that landed in the seats to deep right field. The Tribe fell to pieces from that point on. The Indians will get their ace in for Game 7 tonight, which would make for a grueling pitching schedule for Kluber. Madison Bumgarner was able to overcome a tired arm to lead the San Francisco Giants to a World Series a few years back. Now Kluber will try and duplicate Bumgarner and do the same on short rest.
Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians
Kyle Hendricks (17-9, 2.05 ERA) vs. Corey Kluber (22-10, 2.86 ERA)
Kluber will be starting his third games in eight days. His last start came on October 29th, which resulted in a 7-2 win for the Indians. Kluber has been money for the Indians, he just has to do it one more time for the Indians to win Game 7. In five appearances in the postseason, Kluber has allowed just 3 runs in total. He surrendered 1 run and 5 hits over six innings, after stifling the Cubs for no runs in his previous start. This will be the third time the Cubs get a good look at Kluber.
Kyle Hendricks has one start against the Indians in this series, a terrific outing himself, where he gave up no run over 4.1 innings. Hendricks has posted an ERA of 1.31 this postseason in 20.2 innings pitched. For as good as Kluber has been, people are sleeping on Hendricks a bit. In fact, statistically Hendricks has been pitching better than Kluber. Hendricks has yielded a 0.53 ERA in his last three starts, compared to a 1.59 ERA for Kluber. The Indian had their chances to end this season twice already. The Cubs’ offense woke up last night, with Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Addisson Russell all connecting on deep balls. That is the last thing the Indians needed. I think the Indians woke a beast up last night and it’s going to continue tonight. The Cubs come all the way back and win the World Series in Game 7. We’ll see you back on the diamond next spring for another profitable year.
PICK: CUBS TO WIN -110