World Series – Game 7
Chicago Cubs (113-64) at Cleveland Indians (104-71)
First pitch: Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. ET
Sportsbook.ag Line: Chicago -115, Cleveland +105, Total: 6.5
Series Results – Tied 3-3
Game 1) Chicago at Cleveland (-110) 6-0 (Favorite – Under 6.5)
Game 2) Chicago (-155) at Cleveland 5-1 (Favorite – Under 7.5)
Game 3) Cleveland (+190) at Chicago 1-0 (Underdog – Under 8)
Game 4) Cleveland (+110) at Chicago 7-2 (Underdog – Over 6.5)
Game 5) Cleveland at Chicago (-220) 3-2 (Favorite – Under 6.5)
Game 6) Chicago (-150) at Cleveland 9-3 (Favorite – Over 7.5)
One of the most highly-anticipated Fall Classics in recent memory will come to its conclusion Wednesday night. One drought will end, and one fan base’s misery will continue. The Indians host the Cubs in Game 7 of the Word Series.
Either the Cubs (103-58) or Indians (94-67) will win the World Series on Wednesday night, as hard as that is to believe, and you can expect managers Terry Francona and Joe Maddon to pull out all the stops in the final game of the season.
The Indians have a slight pitching advantage in this one, as RHP Corey Kluber (18-9, 3.14 ERA during the regular season) will get the start for the Tribe. He’ll be opposed by RHP Kyle Hendricks (16-8, 2.13 ERA during the regular season). Kluber won Games 1 and 4 for the Indians. In those two starts, he allowed just one earned run in 12 innings and recorded 15 strikeouts to just one walk. Hendricks started Game 3 and didn’t give up a run in 4 1/3 innings, earning a no-decision.
Expect to see Indians relievers Andrew Miller (1 ER in 17 IP) and Cody Allen (0 ER in 11 2/3 IP, 6 SV) and Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman (4 ER in 14 1/3 IP, 4 SV) in Wednesday’s game. The Indians have gone 5-2 at Progressive Field this postseason; the Cubs have gone 5-3 on the road.
The Cubs’ bats have woken up at the right time. 3B Kris Bryant (19-for-61, 5 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI) has homered in two straight games, 1B Anthony Rizzo (17-for-62, 5 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI) went deep in Game 6 and SS Addison Russell (13-for-61, 2 2B, 3 HR, 12 RBI) had six RBIs—including a Grand Slam—on Tuesday. The Cubs have mustered just nine hits off Kluber in 12 innings this series, so they’ll have their work cut out for them.
LF Ben Zobrist (15-for-59, 4 2B, 3B, 4 RBI), RF Jason Heyward (5-for-43, 2B, 3B, RBI) and Rizzo have each had a pair of hits off him in the series. DH Kyle Schwarber (4-for-12, 2B, 2 RBI), who returned for this series after missing all but two games during the regular season, has given Chicago a nice boost. In four postseason starts this month, Hendricks has gone 1-1 with a 1.31 ERA in 20 2/3 innings.
The Indians didn’t score against Hendricks in Game 3, but they did have six hits and two walks against him. SS Francisco Lindor (18-for-53, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI) and 3B Jose Ramirez (13-for-51, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI) each had a pair of hits off the right-hander. But aside from Lindor and Ramirez, only 2B Jason Kipnis (13-for-56, 3 2B, 4 HR, 8 RBI) has had a strong series at the plate.
C Roberto Perez (8-for-42, 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI) has been quiet since his two-homer performance in Game 1, and 1B Mike Napoli (9-for-47, 3 2B, HR, 3 RBI) and DH Carlos Santana (9-for-48, 2B, 3 HR, 3 RBI) have been underachieved, going a combined 8-for-38 with 15 strikeouts in the series. Kluber has had an all-time great postseason. In five starts, he’s gone 4-1 with an 0.89 ERA in 30 1/3 innings pitched.