Tuesday, October 25, 2016

World Series Game One Thread: Chicago Cubs @ Cleveland Indians 10/25

Here we go ladies and gentleman. World Series 2016 time between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians, get excited and get pumped. Both teams will look to end respective World Series droughts tonight with the beginning of the series. Who takes it home? Is it Game One starter Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians or is it the Chicago Cubs and their ace Jon Lester? Only one way to find out, tune in tonight at 8:08 pm ET on FOX.

I try to leave my bias out of posts like this but this is history…. GO CUBBIES!

My 2016 World Series Predictions

The pitching matchups are in, the lineups have been set and the contenders are ready. Who wins the World Series? Do the Cleveland Indians bring home their first World Series title since 1948 in their first trip to the Fall Classic in 19-years or are the Cubs, who are scoffing at the Indians 58-year wait as they read this, finally set to make history and reverse the curse?

Every bone in my body wants to go with the Cubs and who am I to resist my gut feeling. The Cubs are going to do it. It may take four games, it may take seven games or anything in between but I think the Cubs do it. They might make it interesting and they may add a little drama and flair to the whole experience like the Boston Red Sox did in 2004 with the 3-0 come-from-behind victory against the Yankees but the Chicago Cubs get it done.

Theo Epstein will forever go down in history as the man who broke every curse in Major League Baseball. Hey the Yankees haven’t won a World Series since 2009. That’s close to being a curse, isn’t it?

Cubs in 7. Also isn’t it ironic that the two closers in this World Series were both Yankees a few months ago? Do we get a World Series ring or something for trading them away? I think we should. Just saying. 

World Series 2016: Corey Kluber vs. Cubs Offense

Jon Lester and the Cleveland offense had their fair share of trash talking this morning when we looked at what Michael Brantley and company had done against Lester in their career's so it's only fair that we take a look at what Corey Kluber has been able to muster up in a small sample size against the explosive offense of the Chicago Cubs. All stats are courtesy of ESPN.com.

World Series Game One Preview: Chicago Cubs @ Cleveland Indians 10/25

Here we go ladies and gentleman, the 2016 World Series kicks off tonight inside Progressive Field with the Cleveland Indians playing host to the Chicago Cubs. Who had these two teams reaching the World Series in 2016 before the season? I had the Cubs but I don’t think many outside the Ohio area had Cleveland in the World Series before the season began. If you did, kudos to you. Tonight it all begins. Will the Cleveland Indians win their first World Series since 1948 or will the Chicago Cubs finally break the Curse of the Billy Goat? Let’s find out. The starting pitchers for tonight’s Fall Classic opener will be Jon Lester for the Cubs and Corey Kluber for the Indians.

Lester is no stranger to the postseason or the World Series and will bring his 2.50 career postseason ERA with him into the start tonight. Lester has seen Cleveland plenty as a member of the Boston Red Sox and has a career 7-1 record against them with a 3.03 ERA, these are not those same Indians though.

Kluber takes the mound for the first World Series game in Cleveland Indians history since their loss to the Florida Marlins in 1997. Kluber has not been shy about his first postseason appearances this year posting a 0.98 ERA in three games including two shutouts so it’s unlikely that the bright lights bother him too much at home tonight for the Indians.

The game will be played at 8:08 pm ET inside Progressive Field and can be seen on FOX. Tune in to watch.

Position by Position Breakdown for the 2016 World Series

It’s the World Series Game One day so we’re going to focus a lot on the head-to-head matchups and comparisons between these two teams before the game tonight. I wanted to take the opportunity of a slow news day in Yankee land and take advantage of the beginning of the World Series to take a position-by-position look at these two teams to see who, in my opinion, gets the edge at every position. All this and 15 bucks can get you a beer tonight inside Progressive Field but it’s still fun to look at anyway. Let’s get to it.

Chicago Cubs @ Cleveland Indians

First Base:

Anthony Rizzo vs. Mike Napoli

Second Base:

Ben Zobrist vs. Jason Kipnis


Addison Russel vs. Francisco Lindor

Third Base:

Kris Bryant vs. Jose Ramirez

Left Field:

Jorge Soler vs. Rajai Davis 

Center Field:

Dexter Fowler vs. Tyler Naquin

Right Field:

Jason Heyward vs. Lonnie Chisenhall


Miguel Montero vs. Roberto Perez


Chris Coghlan, Albert Almora Jr., Javier Baez, Tommy La Stella, David Ross and Wilson Contreras 
Brandon Guyer, Coco Crisp, Michael Martinez, Carlos Santana, Chris Gimenez and Yan Gomes. 

(Can I say push? Both are pretty solid in my opinion but Javier Baez is the tiebreaker for me)

Starting Pitching:

John Lester, Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks and John Lackey 
Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Josh Tomlin and Mike Clevinger


Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Aroldis Chapman, Justin Grimm, Travis Wood and Mike Montgomery
Andrew Miller, Bryan Shaw, Dan Otero, Jeff Manship, Cody Allen and some guy named Andrew Miller.

BOLDED player gets advantage in my opinion *

World Series 2016: Jon Lester vs. the Indians Offense

Jon Lester gets the ball in Game One for the Chicago Cubs against a tough Cleveland Indians offense. Who has the upper hand on paper tonight? Let's find out. All stats and photos courtesy of ESPN.com

This Day in New York Yankees History 10/25: 2009 Yankees Reach World Series

On this day in 2009 the Yankees would win their 40th American League pennant in their storied history with a victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. This will end a six year drought in the World Series for the Yankees as they would take on the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2009 Fall Classic. This would be the Yankees first World Series win since their victory over the Mets in the 2000 Subway World Series.

On this day in 2000 Mike Piazza, yes I know a member of the Mets, became the first player in World Series history to hit a home run in both Shea Stadium and Yankees Stadium. Piazza hit the home run off of Yankees starter Denny Neagle in a 3-2 Mets loss in Game 4.

On this day in 1939 Joe DiMaggio would win his first MVP award of his career. DiMaggio beat out Jimmy Foxx and Bob Feller easily for the American League award with 15 of the 24 first place votes. DiMaggio would also win the award in 1941 and 1947 as well.