Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago Cubs - 11/2/16 MLB World Series Game 7 Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (112-64-1) at Cleveland Indians (104-70)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 8:08 pm (Progressive Field)
K Hendricks (17-9) (2.01) vs. C Kluber (22-10) (3.01)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -110 / Chicago Cubs +100 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians play game 7 of the 2016 World Series Wednesday night at Progressive Field on FOX.
The Chicago Cubs can win their third World Series and first since the 1908 baseball season. The Cubs offense has finally woken up, as Chicago has produced 12 runs and 20 hits in its last two games. The Cubs are at their best when those bats are free swinging, and they’ve won 17 of their last 21 games when scoring more than three runs. Javier Baez and Kris Bryant have combined for 36 hits and 15 RBI while Anthony Rizzo has 17 hits and nine RBI. The Chicago Cubs have to be the more confident team heading into game seven after most thought the series was over once trailing 1-3. Kyle Hendricks gets the ball, and he was 16-8 with a 2.13 ERA and 170 strikeouts this season. Hendricks is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his postseason career.
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The Cleveland Indians can win their third World Series and first since the 1948 baseball season. The Indians pitching staff has been rattled a bit in the last couple of games, but Cleveland has still allowed three or less runs in 10 of its last 13 games overall. The Indians have their ace on the hill and have a fully rested Andrew Miller and Bryan Shaw ready to go in the bullpen. Offensively, Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis have combined for 31 hits and 14 RBI while Jose Ramirez has 13 hits and three RBI. The Cleveland Indians have to feel like they let a few chances slip away, but recent history still favors the home team in game sevens. Corey Kluber takes the hill, and he was 18-9 with a 3.14 ERA and 227 strikeouts this season. Kluber is 4-1 with a 0.89 ERA and 35 strikeouts in his postseason career.
The Cubs are 5-0 in Hendricks' last 5 road starts and 16-6 in Hendricks' last 22 starts overall. The Indians are 42-19 in Klubers last 61 home starts and 20-6 in Klubers last 26 starts overall. The under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The home team has won nine of the last 10 game sevens in World Series history. Kluber has also allowed a combined seven runs in his last 40.2 innings of work. Those two stats are why I have to side with the Indians to get the job done at home. Yes, the Cubs offense has caught fire and Hendricks hasn't been shabby himself, as he hasn't given up a run in his last 11.2 innings. However, history is on the Indians side with game seven being played at home, and they have possibly the best postseason pitcher of this year on the hill who has also produced wins in each of his last five home starts.
I favor the Indians at home to win their first World Series since 1948.
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