<![CDATA[MLB RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago Cubs - 11/2/16 MLB World Series Game 7 Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2016/11/02/cleveland-indians-vs-chicago-cubs-11/2/16-mlb-world-series-game-7-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments 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…

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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.

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.

Thanks for following along the way and see you folks next season! 

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Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:01:02 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=61359
<![CDATA[Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago Cubs - 11/1/16 MLB World Series Game 6 Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2016/11/01/cleveland-indians-vs-chicago-cubs-11/1/16-mlb-world-series-game-6-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians play game six of the World Series Tuesday night at Progressive Field on FOX.

The Chicago Cubs need another victory here if they hope to force a game seven on Wednesday. The Cubs offense is still struggling in this series, as Chicago has scored just five runs in its last three games, but it found a way to survive in game five. The Cubs are just 2-5 this postseason when scoring three or less runs, so you know Joe Maddon would live to see the bats wake up once they take the field in Cleveland. Overall, Javier…

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The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians play game six of the World Series Tuesday night at Progressive Field on FOX.

The Chicago Cubs need another victory here if they hope to force a game seven on Wednesday. The Cubs offense is still struggling in this series, as Chicago has scored just five runs in its last three games, but it found a way to survive in game five. The Cubs are just 2-5 this postseason when scoring three or less runs, so you know Joe Maddon would live to see the bats wake up once they take the field in Cleveland. Overall, Javier Baez and Dexter Fowler have combined for 31 hits and 12 RBI while Kris Bryant has 15 hits and seven RBI. The major concern for the Chicago Cubs overall is that Aroldis Chapman threw 42 pitches in Sunday’s victory and that may limit him or keep him out for this contest. Jake Arrieta gets the ball, and he was 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA and 190 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 3-2 with a 3.72 ERA and 44 strikeouts in his postseason career.

The Cleveland Indians are once again one victory away from winning their first World Series since 1948. The Indians continue to rely on a pitching staff that has an ERA of 1.80 and has 134 strikeouts in 115 innings. The Indians have now allowed three or less runs in 13 of their last 16 games and Sunday’s loss was the first time this postseason when Cleveland lost a game when allowing less than five runs. Offensively, Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez have combined for 30 hits and nine RBI while Jason Kipnis has 10 hits and seven RBI. The Cleveland Indians are 5-1 at home this postseason. Josh Tomlin takes the hill, and he was 13-9 with a 4.40 ERA and 118 strikeouts this season. Tomlin is 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his postseason career.

The Cubs are 37-16 in Arrietas last 53 road starts and 40-15 in Arrietas last 55 starts overall. The Indians are 12-5 in Tomlins last 17 home starts and 30-11 in Tomlins last 41 starts overall. The under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.

This continues to be a crazy series, as the Indians have been the better team and we keep getting plus money with them in nearly every game. Yes, Arrieta is great, and he held the Indians to just one run in 5.2 innings in the Cubs game 2 victory. However, the Indians have lost just one home game this postseason and their entire pitching staff has been shutting it down. Not to mention Tomlin has allowed just nine hits and three runs in 15.1 postseason innings, and the Indians have won each of his last four starts. Cubs win or not, the value continues to be on the Indians and the plus money.

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Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:57:45 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=61137
<![CDATA[Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians - 10/30/16 MLB World Series Game 5 Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2016/10/30/chicago-cubs-vs-cleveland-indians-10/30/16-mlb-world-series-game-5-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs play game 5 of the World Series Sunday night at Wrigley Field on FOX.

The Cleveland Indians are one victory away from winning their first World Series since the 1948 season. The Indians continue to rely on their pitching staff that’s allowed just two runs in their last two games and three or less runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Indians are simply putting on a pitching performance for the ages and it doesn’t matter who takes the mound. The Cleveland Indians have won 12 straight games when allowing three…

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The Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs play game 5 of the World Series Sunday night at Wrigley Field on FOX.

The Cleveland Indians are one victory away from winning their first World Series since the 1948 season. The Indians continue to rely on their pitching staff that’s allowed just two runs in their last two games and three or less runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Indians are simply putting on a pitching performance for the ages and it doesn’t matter who takes the mound. The Cleveland Indians have won 12 straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez have combined for 28 hits and seven RBI while Jason Kipnis has 10 hits and seven RBI. Trevor Bauer gets the ball, and he was 12-8 with a 4.26 ERA and 168 strikeouts this season. Bauer is 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA and nine strikeouts in his postseason career.

The Chicago Cubs need a victory here in order to force a game six Tuesday night. The Cubs offense just can’t find their mojo that got them to the championship series, as Chicago has produced just seven runs in four games and five of those runs came in its game 2 victory. The Cubs have been hit or miss offensively all postseason, but they have just two runs and a combined 12 hits in two games at Wrigley Field. Dexter Fowler and Javier Baez have combined for 30 hits and 12 RBI while Kris Bryant has 14 hits and six RBI. The good news for the Chicago Cubs is that they have not lost three straight games since July 7-9. Jon Lester takes the hill, and he was 19-5 with a 2.44 ERA and 197 strikeouts this season. Lester is 8-7 with a 2.60 ERA and 108 strikeouts in his postseason career.

The Indians are 2-5 in Bauers last 7 Sunday starts and 4-1 in Bauers last 5 starts overall. The Cubs are 20-6 in Lesters last 26 home starts and 35-17 in Lesters last 52 starts overall. The under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.

The Cubs haven't lost three straight games since the beginning of summer and you'd think they'd find a way to prevent Cleveland from celebrating on their home field. However, these odds are downright insane. The Indians pitching staff has been lights out all postseason and the Cubs have yet to figure it out, except for that game two victory. Lester has been sharp all postseason, but he did allow three runs in 5.2 innings against the Indians. We know how good Lester is at Wrigley, but Bauer had a better ERA on the road this season than he did at home.

Look, the Cubs offense has shown it can bounce back, but I'm not laying that juice given what we've seen in four games. The value continues to be on the Cleveland Indians, so that's the side I'm going to continue to back. 

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Sat, 29 Oct 2016 23:59:46 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=60999
<![CDATA[Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians - 10/29/16 MLB Game 4 World Series Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2016/10/29/chicago-cubs-vs-cleveland-indians-10/29/16-mlb-game-4-world-series-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs play game 4 of the World Series Saturday night at Wrigley Field on FOX.

The Cleveland Indians look to take full control of this series and move one game within a World Series crown. The Indians pitching staff continues to lead the way, as Cleveland has produced shutouts in three of its last four games and has allowed three or less runs in eight of its 11 postseason games overall. In other words, the Indians have allowed just five runs in their last 36 innings of work. The Cleveland Indians have won 11 straight…

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The Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs play game 4 of the World Series Saturday night at Wrigley Field on FOX.

The Cleveland Indians look to take full control of this series and move one game within a World Series crown. The Indians pitching staff continues to lead the way, as Cleveland has produced shutouts in three of its last four games and has allowed three or less runs in eight of its 11 postseason games overall. In other words, the Indians have allowed just five runs in their last 36 innings of work. The Cleveland Indians have won 11 straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez have combined for 26 hits and six RBI while Lonnie Chisenhall has eight hits and four RBI. Corey Kluber gets the nod, and he was 18-9 with a 3.14 ERA and 227 strikeouts this season. Kluber is 3-1 with a 0.79 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his postseason career.

The Chicago Cubs probably need this victory if they want a real chance to win the World Series. The Cubs offense continues to be hit or miss, as Chicago has been shutout in four of its last eight games but has scored five or more runs in eight of its last 12 games. The Cubs have to find some sort of consistency in order to help their pitching staff that’s kept them in games for much of the postseason. Javier Baez and Kris Bryant have combined for 29 hits and 13 RBI while Dexter Fowler has 13 hits and four RBI. The good news for the Chicago Cubs is that they have lost back-to-back games just three times since September. John Lackey takes the hill, and he was 11-8 with a 3.35 ERA and 180 strikeouts this season. Lackey is 8-5 with a 3.26 ERA and 106 strikeouts in his postseason career.

The Indians are 4-1 in Klubers last 5 road starts and 21-7 in Klubers last 28 starts overall. The Cubs are 6-1 in Lackeys last 7 home starts and 5-0 in Lackeys last 5 starts overall. The over is 4-0-1 in Lackeys last 5 starts overall and the under is 4-0 in Klubers last 4 starts overall.

The Cubs have done a great job of bouncing back when the offense was quiet in the previous game, and they don't lose back-to-back games very often. However, the value in this series continues to be on the Indians. Kluber continues to pitch lights out like much of the Cleveland pitching staff, as he's allowed just two runs in his last 24.1 innings of work and has produced wins in 14 of the last 16 games he's pitched. Lackey hasn't pitched in 10 days and has a ton of postseason experience, so he's worth a look here, but it's tough to bet against Kluber with the way he's pitched the last couple of months, especially in the postseason.

I'll back the Indians here.

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Sat, 29 Oct 2016 00:47:56 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=60942
<![CDATA[Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians - 10/28/16 MLB World Series Game 3 Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2016/10/28/chicago-cubs-vs-cleveland-indians-10/28/16-mlb-world-series-game-3-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs meet Friday night in game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on FOX.

The Cleveland Indians would love to put the pressure back on the Cubs by regaining home field advantage and going up 2-1 in the series. The Indians pitching staff continues to be Cleveland’s calling card, as they’ve allowed a combined five runs in their last three games and two or less runs in five of their last seven games. The Indians have a postseason ERA of 1.82 and have 104 strikeouts in 89 innings of work. Offensively, Francisco…

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The Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs meet Friday night in game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on FOX.

The Cleveland Indians would love to put the pressure back on the Cubs by regaining home field advantage and going up 2-1 in the series. The Indians pitching staff continues to be Cleveland’s calling card, as they’ve allowed a combined five runs in their last three games and two or less runs in five of their last seven games. The Indians have a postseason ERA of 1.82 and have 104 strikeouts in 89 innings of work. Offensively, Francisco Lindor leads Cleveland with 13 hits and four RBI while Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall have combined for 17 hits and six RBI. The Cleveland Indians have lost back-to-back games just four times since the month of September. Josh Tomlin gets the ball, and he was 13-9 with a 4.40 ERA and 118 strikeouts this season. Tomlin is 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his postseason career.

The Chicago Cubs can take control of this series by winning game 3 in front of their home fans. The Cubs continue to rely on their offense in the postseason, as Chicago has produced five or more runs in eight of their last 11 games and have won 11 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Javier Baez leads Chicago with 15 hits and seven RBI while Kris Bryant and Dexter Fowler have combined for 26 hits and 10 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have lost just eight home games since the month of August. Pitching wise, the Cubs have an ERA of 3.06 and have 92 strikeouts in 109 innings. Kyle Hendricks takes the hill, and he was 16-8 with a 2.13 ERA and 170 strikeouts this season. Hendricks is 1-1 with a 2.88 ERA and 22 strikeouts in his postseason career.

The Indians are 15-5 in Tomlins last 20 road starts and 29-11 in Tomlins last 40 starts overall. The Cubs are 27-11 in Hendricks' last 38 home starts and 16-5 in Hendricks' last 21 starts overall. The Indians are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Chicago.

There's value with the Indians and the heavy plus money they continue to get, but betting against Hendricks at Wrigley isn't wise. Hendricks has an ERA of 1.32 at home this season and has allowed just three runs and nine hits in his last 16.1 innings. Hendricks has been money all season at home and with the Cubs offense crushing right now, you have to like the home team in this spot. 

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Fri, 28 Oct 2016 01:36:59 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=60819
<![CDATA[Chicago Cubs at Cleveland Indians - 10/26/16 MLB World Series Game 2 Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2016/10/26/chicago-cubs-at-cleveland-indians-10/26/16-mlb-world-series-game-2-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians play game two of the World Series Wednesday night at Progressive Field on FOX.

The Chicago Cubs could use a bounce back victory to tie this series up heading back to Wrigley Field. The Cubs couldn’t get their offense going in their game one loss as they were shutout for the third time in six games and struck out 15 times. The Cubs have shown how explosive they can be when those bats are hot, but it seems like Chicago is either pouring it on or completely quiet. Either way, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant have combined…

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The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians play game two of the World Series Wednesday night at Progressive Field on FOX.

The Chicago Cubs could use a bounce back victory to tie this series up heading back to Wrigley Field. The Cubs couldn’t get their offense going in their game one loss as they were shutout for the third time in six games and struck out 15 times. The Cubs have shown how explosive they can be when those bats are hot, but it seems like Chicago is either pouring it on or completely quiet. Either way, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant have combined for 27 hits and 13 RBI while Anthony Rizzo has two home runs in 44 at bats. The Chicago Cubs have lost seven of their last nine games when scoring three or less runs. Jake Arrieta gets the nod, and he was 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA and 190 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA and 38 strikeouts in his postseason career.

The Cleveland Indians have a chance to take full control of this series by winning here and going up 2-0. The Indians are now 8-1 in the postseason and haven’t allowed a run in their last 18 innings of work. The Indians have now won 10 straight games when allowing three or less runs. The Indians are oozing with confidence at the moment. Offensively, Francisco Lindor leads Cleveland with 13 hits and four RBI while Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall have combined for 17 hits and six RBI. The Cleveland Indians have lost just 12 games since August 29. Trevor Bauer takes the hill, and he was 12-8 with a 4.26 ERA and 168 strikeouts this season. Bauer is 0-0 with a 5.06 ERA and seven strikeouts in his postseason career.

The Cubs are 36-16 in Arrietas last 52 road starts and 39-15 in Arrietas last 54 starts overall. The Indians are 7-1 in Bauers last 8 home starts and 4-0 in Bauers last 4 starts overall. The over is 6-1-1 in Bauers last 8 starts overall and the over is 7-3-1 in Arrietas last 11 starts overall.

It's tough to bet against the Cleveland Indians with the way they've played all postseason, so I'm not going to do it. The Indians pitching staff has been lights out and the offense continues to come up with timely hits. Not to mention Bauer has produced wins in seven of his last nine games and has lost just once in his last eight home games. Arrieta was knocked around in his last performance against the Dodgers and has now given up a combined 13 earned runs in his last 16 innings of work. No, thank you. The Indians also have a coach in Terry Francona who is now 9-0 in World Series games. 

I like the Indians to move within two victories of a World Series crown.

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Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:19:00 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=60660
<![CDATA[Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago Cubs World Series Game 2 - 10/26/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2016/10/26/cleveland-indians-vs-chicago-cubs-world-series-game-2-10/26/16-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Coming up on Wednesday in World Series Game 2 action in the MLB, the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians will meet up once agin. 

In Tuesday’s series opener, the Indians dominated on the way to a 6-0 victory. Cleveland had a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth, when Roberto Perez slapped his second homer of the game. It was the first time this postseason that the Indians had scored any runs after the sixth inning. 

Taking the mound for the Cubs in Game 2 will be Jake Arrieta. In his last outing in NLCS Game 3, Arrieta gave up four…

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Coming up on Wednesday in World Series Game 2 action in the MLB, the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians will meet up once agin. 

In Tuesday’s series opener, the Indians dominated on the way to a 6-0 victory. Cleveland had a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth, when Roberto Perez slapped his second homer of the game. It was the first time this postseason that the Indians had scored any runs after the sixth inning. 

Taking the mound for the Cubs in Game 2 will be Jake Arrieta. In his last outing in NLCS Game 3, Arrieta gave up four earned in five innings, looking sharp early but fading after the first couple of innings. During the regular season, Arrieta went 18-8 in 31 starts with a 3.10 ERA in 197.1 innings. 

The Cubs needed some timely hitting in Game 1 on Tuesday, but didn’t get it. Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo combined to go 0-for-11 in a fruitless night. Ben Zobrist was the only real standout on a 3-for-4 night, while Kyle Schwarber returned from injury to manage a double. 

Over on the Indians’ side, we’ll be seeing Trevor Bauer in Wednesday’s Game 2. Bauer is getting over a laceration on his pinkie finger, and it was originally thought he’d be moved to Game 3 as he healed up. It looks like Bauer is good to go for Cleveland now, though, and he’ll try to better his 4.26 regular-season ERA here. 

Cleveland got some great hitting from a handful of players in Game 1, and it was the key to their victory. Perez finished 2-for-4 with two homers and four RBI. Francisco Lindor also had a nice night with a 3-for-4 line and a run. Jose Ramirez went 3-for-4 as well and slapped in an RBI. 

The Cubs are 10-2 in their last 12 Wednesday games, and 5-3 in their last seven playoff games. Chicago is also 51-22 in their last 74 overall, and 1-4 in Arrieta’s last five road starts versus a team with a winning record. 

Meanwhile, the Indians are 11-1 in their last 12 overall, and 5-1 in their last six Wednesday games. Cleveland is also 4-0 in Bauer’s last four starts, and 7-1 in Bauer’s last eight home starts. 

In this matchup, the Indians have the advantage in lower-scoring games. I’m not super-confident in Bauer’s ability to keep Chicago in check, however, especially coming off an injury. Bauer gave up five or more earned runs in three of his final five starts coming into the postseason, and could very easily let things get out of hand quickly. That said, I’ll take Arrieta and Chicago to tie it up here.

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Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:48:45 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=60657
<![CDATA[Chicago Cubs at Cleveland Indians World Series Game 1 - 10/25/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2016/10/25/chicago-cubs-at-cleveland-indians-world-series-game-1-10/25/16-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We’ve got a historic World Series Game 1 headed our way from the MLB on Tuesday, as the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians face off at Progressive Field. 

The Cubs made their first World Series since 1945 by taking care of the Dodgers in six games—and winning their final three. As for the Indians, they cruised past the Blue Jays in five games, with their only blemish being a 5-1 loss in Game 4. 

The Cubs haven’t officially announced their starter for Game 1, but we’ll update once they do. In all likelihood, it will be Jon Lester pitching on…

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We’ve got a historic World Series Game 1 headed our way from the MLB on Tuesday, as the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians face off at Progressive Field. 

The Cubs made their first World Series since 1945 by taking care of the Dodgers in six games—and winning their final three. As for the Indians, they cruised past the Blue Jays in five games, with their only blemish being a 5-1 loss in Game 4. 

The Cubs haven’t officially announced their starter for Game 1, but we’ll update once they do. In all likelihood, it will be Jon Lester pitching on his normal four days’ rest. 

At the plate, Chicago brings in a lethal collection of hitters. Javier Baez has been the top masher for the Cubs in the postseason, with 13 hits, seven runs and seven RBI. Kris Bryant also has 13 hits alongside five runs, five doubles and six RBI. As for Dexter Fowler, he’s got 11 hits with eight runs and four RBI to his credit so far. 

Over on the Indians’ side, they’ll be bringing out Corey Kluber for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. During the regular season, Kluber bagged 32 starts with an 18-9 record and a 3.14 ERA in 215 innings. In his most recent outing in ALCS Game 4, Kluber gave up two earned over five innings in a loss. 

Cleveland has a sneaky bunch of hitters at their disposal. Francisco Lindor leads the way in the playoffs for the Tribe on 10 hits with three runs, two homers and four RBI. Lonnie Chisenhall has bagged seven hits, two runs and four RBI. Jose Ramirez sits on six hits with four runs, a double and one RBI so far this postseason. 

The Cubs are 8-1 in their last nine interleague games versus a right-handed starter, and 5-1 in their last six interleague road games. Chicago is also 8-2 in their last 11 road games versus a right-handed starter, and 40-13 in their last 53 game ones of a series. 

As for the Indians, they’re 6-0 in their last six versus the National League Central, and 8-0 in their last eight games on grass. Cleveland is also 4-0 in their last four playoff home games, and 10-1 in their last 11 overall. 

This should be a great series, and a must-see affair for any baseball fan. Game 1 should be a fairly low-scoring pitchers’ battle, and those lower-scoring games seem to favor the Indians. Cleveland scored four runs or fewer in all five of their ALCS games, and won four of them. That said, if the Cubs can get their bats going against Kluber, the game will be over in a hurry. Still, I think Kluber can pull the Indians through Game 1 and get Cleveland headed in the right direction.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:49:47 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=60441
<![CDATA[Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago Cubs - 10/25/16 MLB World Series Game 1 Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2016/10/25/cleveland-indians-vs-chicago-cubs-10/25/16-mlb-world-series-game-1-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments 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.…

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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.

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.

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Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:04:03 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=60369
<![CDATA[Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs NLCS Game 6 - 10/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2016/10/22/los-angeles-dodgers-at-chicago-cubs-nlcs-game-6-10/22/16-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Coming up on Saturday in NLCS action in the MLB, we’ve got Game 6 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs at historic Wrigley Field. 

It’s been quite a series so far. The Cubs and the Dodgers went into Thursday’s Game 5 tied at 2-2, but Chicago took the lead with a dominant 8-4 victory. Chicago effectively sealed the win with a whopping five runs in the top of the eighth. 

Taking the mound for the Dodgers on Saturday will be ace Clayton Kershaw. In his last outing—Game 2 of this series—Kershaw put up seven shutout innings, striking…

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Coming up on Saturday in NLCS action in the MLB, we’ve got Game 6 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs at historic Wrigley Field. 

It’s been quite a series so far. The Cubs and the Dodgers went into Thursday’s Game 5 tied at 2-2, but Chicago took the lead with a dominant 8-4 victory. Chicago effectively sealed the win with a whopping five runs in the top of the eighth. 

Taking the mound for the Dodgers on Saturday will be ace Clayton Kershaw. In his last outing—Game 2 of this series—Kershaw put up seven shutout innings, striking out nine and allowing just two singles and a walk. On the season, Kershaw went 12-4 with a 1.69 ERA in 21 starts. 

Los Angeles hasn’t been able to keep up with the Cubs when they’re hitting. Corey Seager was the only Dodger to get multiple hits in Game 5, with a 2-for-4 night. 

Over on the Cubs’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Kyle Hendricks in the start Saturday. Hendricks was the starter in Game 2 and pitched well with one run and three hits across 5.1 innings. During the season, Hendricks went 16-8 with a 2.13 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. 

The Cubs have gotten their bats going in the past couple of games. Dexter Fowler bagged two hits with two runs and an RBI in Game 5, while Kris Bryant put up two hits, a run and an RBI of his own. Javier Baez continued to impress on a 3-for-5 night with three RBI and a run. 

The Dodgers are 4-1 in their last five games versus a right-handed starter, and 5-2 in their last seven Saturday games. Los Angeles is also 12-5 in their last 17 games following a loss, and 5-12 in their last 17 playoff road games. 

As for the Cubs, they’re 19-7 in their last 26 games following an off day, and 18-7 in their last 25 games versus a team with a winning record. Chicago is also 50-21 in their last 72 overall, and 106-51 in their last 157 games following a win. 

I do believe the Cubs will win this series, if for no other reason than it will be extremely difficult for Los Angeles to steal the last two at Wrigley, however I’m going with the Dodgers here. I simply can’t pick against Kershaw; L.A. is 61-21 in his last 82 starts, and he’s been a shutdown guy in the playoffs so far. Give me Los Angeles in a tight, low-scoring game.

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