Coming into the World Series you couldn’t have scripted a better matchup and storyline than Indians vs Cubs. The two teams with the longest active championship drought in MLB history. 67 years and 108 years respectfully.
By now we all now the history, curses and close misses that each team has faced. Now it all comes down to the two biggest words in sports Game 7. With so much history and tradition on both sides, this World Series game 7 will go down as one of the greatest in history.
Cubs trailed 3-1 in this series, and just as they have done all postseason, they rallied back behind there big bats. While there bats have been the main storyline in the comeback wins let’s not overlook the pitching. In game 6, Chapman showed why he is one of the games best relievers when he was called on to get 8 outs.
It’s something about teams being down 3-1 in the playoffs this year and coming back to win. We’ve seen it with both the Warriors and Cavs in the NBA playoffs. Now the Cubs look to join that company.
So who wins this epic showdown between these two championship starved teams? The Cubs obviously have all of the momentum on their side, by winning the last two games. However, the Indians can’t be counted out. Game 7 is at home and they have there ace on the mound in Corey Kluber. Kluber has won both of his World Series starts and shutdown the Cubs big bats. He will be pitching on short rest for the third time in this series, but all of that goes out the window in game 7.
The Cubs counter with pitcher Kyle Hendricks and also have the advantage of seeing Kluber for the third times in nine days. Another factor is that Kyle Schwarber returns to the Cubs lineup as a DH. Having his powerful bat in the lineup changes the nature of the game. You pitch different when there’s another threat in the lineup.
This game 7 is going to come down to how both mangers mange the game. When will they go to the bullpen? How much trust will they have in players if they make a mistake. In game 7 every pitch, ever out, every hit, every base runner and every situation is magnified. One mistake could cost you the entire game. This is what makes game 7 so intense and exciting.
All along I’ve predicted the Indians would win his World Series and I’m sticking to that. Indians win 3-1 behind 7+ innings of one run baseball from Kluber and Miller comes in to close things out.