Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago Cubs World Series Game 2 - 10/26/16 MLB 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 TBA / Chicago Cubs TBA --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
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.
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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.