Game Seven. The two best words any sports fan can hear, and tonight that’s what we get in the World Series. With a combined 176 years between either team’s last championship, the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians are looking to deliver a World Series title to their long-suffering fanbases, and I literally have no idea who I think is going to win tonight.
On one side you have the Indians, who all but had this series locked up until a few days ago when they dropped their 3-1 lead and lost the last two. Fortunately for them, they have Corey Kluber on the mound tonight and Kluber has been absolutely lights out this postseason. He has a 4-1 record this postseason with a 0.89 ERA and 35 strikeouts and has shut down this high powered Cubs offense in the World Series. I know this is his second time pitching on short rest this series, but he just seems so locked in that I can’t imagine him slowing up anytime soon. Not to mention, they have ALCS MVP Andrew Miller who is rested and ready to come out of the bullpen to pitch however many innings Terry Francona needs him tonight. For Believeland to win tonight and become the City of Champions (never in a million years did I think I’d ever be saying that), they’re going to need their bats to come out tonight, and that starts with All-Star Shortstop Francisco Lindor. Lindor has been the guy that has made the Indians get going this postseason by hitting .340 with two home runs and six RBIs. I think if he gets going then Cleveland will turn into Title Town (featuring the Browns). For the record, I’d also like to point out that if you think the Chief Wahoo logo is racist, then you’re a huge loser who I hope gets hit by a bus, that’s the best logo in sports and I’m not even an Indians fan.
Yeah, yeah, we know all about how they haven’t won a World Series since 1908, but this isn’t your grandma’s Cubs team of years past. This Cubs team won a franchise-record 103 games during the regular season, this Cubs team made it to the World Series for the first time since 1945, and this Cubs team is looking to become the sixth team in MLB history to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the World Series. The Cubs are turning to Cy Young candidate Kyle Hendricks tonight to help end the franchise’s 100+ years of suffering. Hendricks got a no decision in his only start during Game 3, a 1-0 loss for the Cubs, but he is well rested and looking to make history for the Cubbies tonight. In the first four games of this series, the best offensive team in the bigs this year couldn’t get their bats going at all, but have since put up 12 runs over their last two games, both resulting in wins. The turnaround started in Game 5 when (probable) NL MVP Kris Bryant hit a homer in the fourth inning to tie the game at 1-1, and from there the Cubs strung together a few more runs. The homer was so significant because going into that game Bryant had only one hit in the first four games, but in Games 5 and 6, he’s gone 5-8 with two home runs and ignited the team’s offense. Much like Lindor, Bryant is the guy that makes this offense go, and if his bat stays hot then the Cubs may be bringing a title back home to Chicago with them. For the Cubs to get the W tonight, Bryant and the rest of the batting lineup will have to jump out to an early lead on Kluber, because I think they have the better lineup than Cleveland, and an early deficit places a world of pressure on them.
To be honest, I have no idea who’s going to win this game because the Cubs have the better bats, but the Indians have better pitching, which usually wins in the postseason. The old “when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object” headline, if you will. I guess I kind of want the Cubs to win because I think the city of Cleveland needs to be brought down a peg, they’re riding too high right now from the Cavaliers title and potential Indians title in the same season. Speaking of the Cavs, a Cubs title will mean I will never have to see those annoying ass 3-1 Warriors jokes on Twitter again, not that I’m a Warriors fan or anything, but for God’s sake Cleveland get some new material. It will also mean that Lebron James’ “new favorite team” would have lost, and anytime that bandwagon asshole can lose I’m happy. I cannot wait to watch this game.