The Chicago Cubs vs. the Cleveland Indians. One of these teams will put their long drought to the dirt, but which team will it be? Combined both teams have 184 years of not winning the World Series. The Cubs definitely had a World Series run by overcoming late inning runs in the postseason, lost one of their big hitting machines on the second day of the season, and traded for a hot flame thrower to close the games out. The Indians also had a World Series run by losing two of their starting pitchers to injuries and having the young players step up for them. They also traded for a great bullpen piece, Andrew Miller.
Jon Lester vs. Corey Kluber
Jake Arrieta vs. Trevor Bauer
Kyle Hendricks vs. Josh Tomlin
John Lackey vs. TBD
The Cubs have the edge here because three of the four starting pitchers were in the National League Top 10 in ERA. Lester is 2-0 in the postseason so far and Kyle Hendricks just pitched a 2H 7 innings gem to close the game out. The Indians haven’t been relying on their starters, it’s been more so their bullpen.
Kris Bryant Addison Russell Javier Baez Anthony Rizzo
Jose Ramirez Francisco Lindor Jason Kipnis Mike Napoli
Both infields are athletic and are great on defense, however, the Cubs have the edge here too. Three out of four Cubs infielders had 15+ home runs and 90+ RBIs also they are the most runs saved infield as well. Javier Baez has been putting on a show at second base and the Cleveland Indians have a lot of left-handed batters, which will be more entertaining. The Cleveland Indians’ Mike Napoli at first base, isn’t that great on defense. The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo is potentially a gold glover. Lindor and Kipnis are the key to this infield defense and the offense so far, but that’s just two out of four.
Dexter Fowler Jason Heyward/Almora Jr. Zobrist/Soler
Coco Crisp/Rajai Davis Lonnie Chisenhall Tyler Naquin
The Cubs have the edge here as well offensively and defensively. The Cubs outfield was in the top 5 in runs saved with Jason Heyward leading the pack. Dexter Fowler had a terrific game for Jon Lester Game 1 of the NLCS with great diving catches all over the outfield. For the Indians, Coco Crisp is great defensively but that’s only one player for their outfield. The Indians’ offense in the outfield is carried by one player, Lonnie Chisenhall with a BA over .300.
The Indians have the edge here. Andrew Miller is doing historical things in the postseason with a 0.00 ERA, 15+ Strikeouts and 10+ innings, but a great matchup everybody would want to see is Andrew Miller vs. Kris Bryant. The Indians also have Cody Allen with a 0.00 ERA, but the Cubs have righties that can hit the ball.
This World Series has two teams who matchup together perfectly. The Cubs might have the edge here in this postseason. Three games at home and having a designated hitter for the first two games. The Cubs might even have Kyle Schwarber on the World Series roster to take on that DH role.
Kyle Schwarber will join the Cubs and fly to Cleveland after his game in the Arizona Fall league. The Cubs will have a report on if he will join the roster later on tonight. Expect Justin Grimm or Rob Zastryzny to be left off the roster if Schwarber is added.
Carl Edwards Jr. told CSN reporters that he’s fine after injuring his hamstring in Game 5 of the NLCS, he said he’ll be ready to go for the World Series.
Indians pitcher Danny Salazar pitched a simulation game for three innings and said he feels fine and better than before. It is possible that Salazar could pitch against John Lackey, if the trainers give him the green light. Danny Salazar hasn’t pitched since September 9th after suffering an arm injury.