When Chicago captured Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday, Cubs fans immediately grasped the implications of the victory. They were vocal, especially on social media, in expressing their thoughts. For many things in life we could say that not everything has been written, nowhere else this is truer than in sports.
With their decisive 7-2 victory Saturday night, the Cleveland Indians assured the need for champagne on hand Sunday night at the National League’s oldest stadium.
Now the Chicago Cubs have won Game 5 of the World Series, keeping their season alive and sending the series back to Cleveland for Game 6 on Tuesday and possibly a winner-take-all Game 7 on Wednesday. Betting odds are up for Tuesday game and future props must not be forgotten.
In the final game of the season at Wrigley, the Cubs prevailed 3-2 over the Indians, holding off several Cleveland challenges in the late innings. It was the Cubs’ first World Series win at Wrigley Field since Game 6 of the 1945 World Series. They lost that World Series to the Detroit Tigers in seven games.
The Cubs have only lost 24 games at Wrigley Field this season, but they somewhat surprisingly dropped three games in a row two times, including once to the same team in what amounted to a three-game sweep. The St. Louis Cardinals pulled off the feat June 22-24, and the only bright spot Cubs fans can take note from then is that Jon Lester never took the mound for them in that series. On Sunday, he’ll be the starter attempting to atone for his Game 1 loss and, more importantly, to extend Chicago’s season by at least one more game.
They’ve waited 108 years for a championship. So with this World Series on the verge of slipping away, the Chicago Cubs could not wait any longer.
Manager Joe Maddon summoned closer Aroldis Chapman from the bullpen in the seventh inning for the first eight-out save of his big league career, needing to hold off the Cleveland Indians in Game 5.
As nervous fans fretted at Wrigley Field, Chapman fired his 100 mph heat and preserved the Cubs’ 3-2 win Sunday night, cutting Cleveland’s lead to 3-2.
Now, the team that led the majors in wins this year will try to extend its season again Tuesday night when Chicago right-hander Jake Arrieta faces Josh Tomlin at Cleveland in Game 6.
Chicago is trying to become the first club to overcome a 3-1 Series deficit since the 1985 Kansas City Royals and the first to do it by winning Games 6 and 7 on the road since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates.
Cleveland, in search of its first title since 1948, is in search of its third-ever title and has won the championship at home just once, in 1920.
World Series is at it’s best, fin the best betting odds, Sign up at HeritageSports