Chicago Cubs at Cleveland Indians World Series Game 1 - 10/25/16 MLB 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)
TBA () () vs. C Kluber (20-10) (3.12)
The Line: Cleveland Indians TBA / Chicago Cubs TBA --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
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.
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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.