2016 World Series Preview

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This is that dream scenario for one of these teams. Someone will end their title drought when it’s all said and done. The Chicago Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908. The Cleveland Indians haven’t won since 1948. For both of them this has been a long time coming. The ‘lovable losers’ in Chicago haven’t seen their team in a World Series since 1945. Cleveland recently had their title drought end with the Cavaliers winning a NBA championship in June. Now the Indians will look to capitalize on that momentum and bring home a World Series to match.

Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians

 There was some worry about the Cubs offense after Game 3 of the NLCS. They were stagnant and both Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell were still struggling. That changed in Game 4 and continued until the end of the series. Rizzo finished the NLCS with a .320 average and drove in 5 runs. Russell had a .273 average and drove in 4 runs. Kris Bryant and Javier Baez batted over .300 as well and Dexter Fowler was an excellent table setter leading the team with a .333 average and 4 RBI. The pitching wasn’t always perfect, but they didn’t have to be with Jon Lester’s stellar performance in two starts. His 1.38 ERA and Kyle Hendricks’ 0.71 ERA in his two starts were a huge reason the Cubs are in the World Series. Their defense was flawless and a big reason why Javier Baez was named co-NLCS MVP with Lester. There’s a good chance that this could be the team that finally puts it all together in the end.

Cleveland kept the Toronto Blue Jays offense at bay in the ALCS. Toronto had scored 22 runs in three games against Texas in the ALDS. The Indians only allowed them to score 8 in five games in the ALCS. That’s why Cleveland is in the World Series. Another big reason is because of the ALCS MVP, Andrew Miller. He struck out 14 batters in 7 2/3 innings pitched over four games. You could say the New York Yankees probably didn’t get enough for him at the trade deadline this year. Besides Miller, their closer Cody Allen was lights out for his 3 saves in the ALCS. Corey Kluber and Josh Tomlin were solid in their starts and the rookie, Ryan Merritt only gave up two hits in his series clinching start in Game 5. Their young phenom Francisco Lindor was almost unstoppable batting .368 against Toronto. Cleveland even got production out of Coco Crisp who was expected to be a fourth outfielder and not see much action. It’s expected to be a pitcher’s duel for most of this series, but if the Indians offense gets hot, they’ll be hard to contain.

Indians in 6 games

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