World Series Betting: Indians vs Cubs Game 7

addison-russell-world-seriesThe Chicago Cubs demolished the Cleveland Indians 9-3 to extend the 2016 World Series to a seventh-and-deciding game.

Chicago struck in the first inning on a solo homer by Kris Bryant and a two-out double by Addison Russell – putting them up 3-0. The double was excruciating because Cleveland outfielders Tyler Naquin and Lonnie Chisenhall both misplayed it.

Josh Tomlin got into major trouble in the third inning, loading the bases before being pulled in favor of Dan Otero. The latter gave up a grand slam to Russell, making the score 7-0.

The Indians would threaten in the bottom of the fourth, with Mike Napoli producing an RBI single and the team loading the bases. However, starter Jake Arrieta got himself out the jam and ended the Cleveland threat.

Arrieta would leave in the sixth inning with two outs and a 7-2 lead. Aroldis Chapman pitched the rest of the way, giving up one run in the ninth.

The stage is set for an exciting Game 7 between the Cubs and Indians. Let’s take a closer look at what to expect, including the game line and analysis on both teams.

GTBets Line for Indians vs Cubs Game 7 (8pm EST, Nov 2)
Chicago Cubs -1.5 (+145), moneyline -118
Cleveland Indians +1.5 (-165), moneyline +108

World Series Game 7 Betting Analysis

Cubs Analysis

If there’s one thing that the Cubs have done well during these playoffs, it’s been coming back from playoff deficits.

They were down 3 runs to the San Francisco Giants in the ninth inning, before an offensive explosion saved their postseason and helped them move to the NLCS.

In the NLCS, they got down 2 games to 1 to the LA Dodgers, before finding their offense again and beating a strong lineup of Dodgers pitchers.

Now, they’ll try to complete yet another comeback after facing a 3-1 deficit against Cleveland.

“It wasn’t no cakewalk for us facing the three-time champions in the first round, and the Dodgers with Kershaw and the way they’ve figured out ways to win all year,” said Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

kyle-hendricks-cubsChicago will put Kyle Hendricks (16-8, 2.13 ERA) on the mound for Game 7. As good as Hendricks was during the regular season, he’s been even better in the postseason with a 1.31 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 20 innings.

Even in the Game 3 loss that he pitched, Hendricks gave up zero runs in 4.1 innings. In fact, he hasn’t given up any runs since facing the San Francisco Giants. So it would be hard to find a better pitcher for this Game 7 effort.

The Cubs’ bats finally woke up last night too, with Russell, Bryant, and Rizzo having outstanding games. They form a dangerous bottom of the order and one that Cleveland must work around to win this game.

Indians Analysis

This is the absolute last position that Cleveland wanted to be in when they raced out to a 3-1 series lead. All manager Terry Francona can do in this situation is lighten the mood as he goes for his third World Series title.

“I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s a really important game,” Francona told Cleveland.com. He also joked about how “I just might wear my uniform home” due to his excitement.

corey-kluberIn reality, this is no joking matter for Cleveland. Game 6 was a disaster from the start after the fly ball botching, to Tomlin loading the bases and Otero giving up the grand slam.

The Indians can still claim the series, though, and they’ll have staff ace Corey Kluber (18-9, 3.14 ERA) trying to make it happen.

The 30-year-old has been worked hard this postseason, starting 5 games and pitching 30.1 innings. He’s 4-1 in those five starts with a marvelous 0.89 ERA.

In his Game 1 and 4 starts against Chicago, he gave up one run in 12 innings. If he can win, Kluber will become just the second pitcher (Bob Gibson, 1967) to win three games in the World Series.

Backing Kluber up will be the outstanding bullpen combo of Andrew Miller (0.53 ERA in playoffs) and Cody Allen (6 saves). From top to bottom, this Cleveland pitching staff is built to win a big game.

History in the Making

This is perhaps the biggest game in World Series history when you consider that the Cubs haven’t won in 107 yards and Cleveland hasn’t won in 67 years. Here’s an excerpt from ESPN that points out how rare this is:

“Obviously, there has never been a World Series Game 7 involving two teams that hadn’t won a championship in a combined 176 years. But what’s amazing is, we’ve seen nothing even close. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the combined droughts of these two teams are nearly double the previous record for any Game 7 — which is the 90 title-free seasons of the 1975 Red Sox and Reds, who also played a seven-game World Series for the history books.”

The pressure is on for both teams to end their win-less streaks. Cleveland has the home field, which will help. But this should come down to a staff-vs-staff pitching duel.

Final Prediction: Indians Win 3-2

How much does Kluber have left? If it’s enough to get Cleveland to the sixth inning with a lead, we see Miller and Allen shutting down the Cubs in a close game. The Indians bats were average last night, but they should provide just enough to give Cleveland their first World Series win since 1948.

World Series Betting: Indians vs Cubs Game 5

What looked like a competitive World Series on paper is shaping up to be a blowout as the Cleveland Indians won 7-2 last night to take a 3-1 series lead.

Chicago grabbed an early 1-0 lead on an Anthony Rizzo single. But it was all downhill from here for the Cubs, as Cleveland scored the next seven runs to walk away with the game.

First baseman Carlos Santana opened the scoring with a second-inning homer. Pitcher Corey Kluber put Cleveland in the lead for good with a single that sent Lonnie Chrisenhall home.

Second baseman Jason Kipnis put the game away when he hit a line-drive, 3-run homer that gave Cleveland a six-run lead. Chicago’s Dexter Fowler would hit a home run in the eighth inning to stop the bleeding, but it was too little too late.

Aside from providing offense for his own cause, Kluber pitched an excellent game, allowing just 1 run in 6 innings. The bullpen did the rest as Cleveland wrapped up their second straight game in Chicago.

Let’s continue discussing the series by looking at tonight’s Game 5 line, along with some analysis on what to expect.

GTBets Game 5 Line on Indians vs Cubs (8:05pm EST on Oct. 30)
Cleveland Indians +1.5 (-115), moneyline +200 (T. Bauer)
Chicago Cubs -1.5 (-105), moneyline -230 (J. Lester)

World Series Game 5 Preview

corey-kluber-world-seriesFor the Indians, tonight’s game is a matter of doing the same things that they’ve been doing. And this means that Cleveland manager Terry Francona will use normal game preparation that doesn’t include any big speeches.

“No, it might make them nervous,” said Francona. “They’re OK. They know how to play the game. In our game, you can’t meet every night. It’s not like football. If they don’t understand by now, they’re probably not going to. And I think they’re doing just fine.”

Kluber, who was the big winner yesterday, echoed this sentiment by saying that Game 5 will be “business as usual.”

Kipnis is taking a different approach, focusing on the importance of this game and how tough it will be to defeat Chicago three straight times at home.

“It’s not an ending yet,” Kipnis told the Chicago Tribune. “We’ve got one more to get. It’s probably going to be the hardest victory of the year. This is a special night for me and the team to take the first two here. Now we have a couple of tries to win one more. But we’re ready to get it. This is the fun one.”

Trevor Bauer will take the mound for Cleveland tonight. He’s the only pitcher to lose to the Cubs in the World Series. But Santana definitely isn’t worried about how Bauer will perform tonight.

“We’re confident, especially how we won in this very tough game,” said Santana. “Lester, he’s throwing very good baseball. He has experience in the World Series. But we’re fine. We’ll worry about tomorrow and try to win the game.”

The Cubs will trot out lefty Jon Lester, who’s hoping to end Chicago’s two-game slide and extend the World Series. Lester’s start in Game 1 was okay – 3 runs on six hits in 5.2 innings – but it still resulted in a 6-0 loss for Chicago.

This was markedly different from his first three postseason starts against San Francisco and LA, where he allowed just 2 runs in 21 innings while recording 14 strikeouts. There’s certainly reason to think that Lester can regain his touch in tonight’s matchup.

jon-lester-vs-indians“Jon is going to give us a good game,” said Chicago third baseman Kris Bryant. “He’s our ace for a reason.”

Another thing that Chicago needs to do better is get runs early in the game, before they fall behind and lose momentum. This is especially important when considering how well Cleveland’s bullpen has performed.

“We’ve just got to grab a lead,” said Chicago manager Joe Maddon. “We’ve got to grab a lead [before] the latter part of the game and avoid those [bullpen] guys with either being tied or them having a lead. That’s what we have to do.”

Chicago has only managed three runs, four walks, and a .292 on-based percentage through the first four innings of the World Series. The fifth inning and beyond has been even worse, with a .259 on-base percentage, so early runs are crucial.

One Team Will Make History

The Cubs haven’t won a World Series in 108 years, while Cleveland hasn’t won in 68 years. For the Indians, they have the added history of trying to bring both a baseball and basketball championship home in the same year.

One of these teams is going to break their winless streak and make history. Before this series, most thought it would be Chicago, given that they won 103 games – 9 more than Cleveland.

But down 3-1 in the series, the Cubs would need a Cleveland Cavaliers-type turnaround to come back and win. Only five of 44 MLB teams have pulled off this feat. Can Chicago become the sixth?

Prediction on World Series Game 5: Cubs Win 4-2

We see Cleveland closing this series out eventually, but it’s hard to see Chicago losing three straight at home, especially with their ace pitching tonight.