Chicago Cubs at Cleveland Indians - 10/26/16 MLB World Series Game 2 Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (110-61-1) at Cleveland Indians (101-68)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 8:08 pm (Progressive Field)
J Arrieta (18-9) (3.20) vs. T Bauer (12-8) (4.28)
The Line: Cleveland Indians / Chicago Cubs --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
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.
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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.