1908.1948. Two years that have been increasingly storied since the start of this years Fall Classic. One of these years will be erased and replaced by 2016. Will the Cubs finally raise the World Series trophy after 108 years…or will the Indians wipe out their own 68 year drought? One thing we do know is that this Series is living up to the hype of one of the best matchups of all time, so much so that some fans are willing to pay $19,500 for lower level seats behind the dugout.
Corey Kluber will toe the rubber first tonight for the Cleveland Indians and has been borderline untouchable in his 2 World Series starts, going 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA with a 15/1 K/BB ratio. Kluber will be up against the Cubs’ young righthander Kyle Hendricks, who tossed 4 1/3 innings of scoreless ball in his Game 3 Series start.
The Indians were able to save Andrew Miller, Brian Shaw, and Cody Allen last night, so Kluber realistically only has to get thru the 5th before Terry Francona will start to peek down to the bullpen telephone (do they still have those?). The Cubs used Chapman early last night, but manager Joe Maddon was able to get him out of there after 20 pitches, so Chapman will be fully available tonight.
Starting Pitching: Cleveland
Prediction: Momentum is one of the intangibles in baseball that you can’t measure and the Cubs have all of it. Chicago gets to Kluber the 3rd time around and their bats stay hot. CUBS winnn CUBS winnn and the curse of the Billy Goat is erased.