Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago Cubs - 10/25/16 MLB World Series Game 1 Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (110-61-1) at Cleveland Indians (101-68)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 8:08 pm (Progressive Field)
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The Line: Cleveland Indians / Chicago Cubs --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians play game one of the 2016 World Series Tuesday night at Progressive Field on FOX.
The Chicago Cubs are coming off a six-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and are playing in their first World Series since 1945. The Cubs offense has led the way in the playoffs, as Chicago has five or more runs in seven of their last nine games and has produced a combined 23 runs in their last three games. Kris Bryant and Javier Baez have combined for 26 hits and 13 RBI while Dexter Fowler has 11 hits in 42 at bats. The Cubs have won 15 of their last 19 games when scoring more than three runs. The Chicago Cubs have to be extremely confident in their lineup at the moment and are likely happy there’s not a long layoff between games. As for the pitching, the Cubs did not list a starting pitcher for game one by the time this article was posted.
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The Cleveland Indians are coming off a five-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays and are playing in their first World Series since 1997. The Indians have made it this far with a pitching staff that’s allowed three or less runs in six of their last seven games. The Indians have an overall postseason ERA of 1.77 and have 81 strikeouts in 71 innings played. Keep in mind those numbers are with the Indians playing two of the better offenses in baseball, the Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox. Offensively, Francisco Lindor and Lonnie Chisenhall have combined for 17 hits and eight RBI while Jason Kipnis has two home runs. It’s going to be interesting to see how the Cleveland Indians handle the long break after not playing since last Wednesday. Corey Kluber takes the hill, and he was 18-9 with a 3.14 ERA and 227 strikeouts this season. Kluber is 2-1 with a 0.98 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his postseason career.
The Cubs are 20-8 in their last 28 interleague games and 40-13 in their last 53 during game 1 of a series. The Indians are 41-19 in Klubers last 60 home starts and 20-7 in Klubers last 27 starts overall. The Cubs are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
It's tough to predict this game with the Cubs not yet listing a starting pitcher, but either way, I'm pretty sure the Cubs don't have anybody to match the way Kluber has pitched this postseason. Kluber has allowed just two runs in 18.1 innings of work in the playoffs overall and zero runs and nine hits in 13.1 innings at home. Against this current Cubs batting lineup for his career, Kluber has given up a batting average of .098, four hits and one run in 41 at bats. Not to mention Kluber has produced wins in each of his last four home starts.
Regardless of who the Cubs throw out on the mound for game one, I like the Cleveland Indians to draw first blood.