This Fall Classic will live up to its name because this World Series will put an end to a team’s drought.
The Cubs are trying to win their first World Series since Teddy Roosevelt was president back in 1908. The Indians haven’t won the World Series since 1948, when Harry Truman led the country.
Both teams have something historical to prove. It is yet too early to declare one winner but not so much to beat the odds and get in some props action. On the first night of World Series Cleveland started the night with an N.B.A. celebration, and finished it with a victory in Game 1 of the World Series.
An hour after the Cavaliers raised a banner to celebrate their title across the street, the Indians got to Jon Lester for two runs in the bottom of the first, and then rode Corey Kluber and the unexpected offensive heroics of Roberto Perez to an easy 6-0 win over the Chicago Cubs.
“The Cubs’ drought is the only drought that can make ours look small,” Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis said. “They still got us by 40 years. No disrespect.”
“Everybody knows the history behind this series,” the Cubs’ Ben Zobrist said. “The players know that, too, but we want to do it when we have the opportunity to do it. We have the opportunity that hasn’t happened for a long, long time. You don’t want to miss that opportunity. You realize the importance of that. You never know when you are going to get a second chance to do this.”
“The people in Chicago feel like we’ve already done something incredible,” Zobrist said of the Cubs’ first pennant since 1945. “We still feel like we got work to do. Four more. To be honest, I wasn’t thinking about 71 years when I signed here. I was thinking about 108. We’re almost there.”
Cubs manager Joe Maddon will send Jon Lester to the mound in Game 1. Terry Francona, who managed Lester in 2007 when the Red Sox won the World Series, will send out his ace, Corey Kluber.
The Chicago Cubs could use a bounce back victory to tie this series up heading back to Wrigley Field. The Cubs couldn’t get their offense going in their game one loss as they were shutout for the third time in six games and struck out 15 times. The Cubs have shown how explosive they can be when those bats are hot, but it seems like Chicago is either pouring it on or completely quiet. Either way, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant have combined for 27 hits and 13 RBI while Anthony Rizzo has two home runs in 44 at bats. The Chicago Cubs have lost seven of their last nine games when scoring three or less runs. Jake Arrieta gets the nod, and he was 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA and 190 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA and 38 strikeouts in his postseason career
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