Mon, Oct 31, 3:49pm by Jake Equid
Chicago has won their first World Series game at Wrigley Field since the 8th of October, 1945. That win was over the Detroit Tigers, however they’ll be aiming to go one better than they did it that series, when they lost in seven games.
As good as the 3-2 win over the Indians was, The Cubs still must win on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT) and Wednesday (Thursday AEDT) in Cleveland to claim their first World Series title since 1908.
After being thrown the ball in the seventh inning, Aroldis Chapman pitched the biggest game of his life for the Cubs after being asked to get the final eight outs of the game.
It was the Indians who scored first, on a Jose Ramirez home run in the second inning, but Trevor Bauer, who to that point had been nearly unhittable for Cleveland, fell apart in the fourth inning, allowing three runs, thus putting the Cubs ahead to stay.
The eighth inning caused a little drama for Chapman, but the Cubs’ closer recovered to end the inning with a called strike three against Francisco Lindor, who for most of the postseason has been Cleveland’s best hitter.
Cleveland still holds sway in the betting market ($1.33) and rightly so as the teams now move to Cleveland for the final two games.
The Cubs are outsiders at $3.25 to win their first world series for 107 years. If they can do it from 3-2 down, they will become the first team since the Kansas City Royals hauled in the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985.
No matter what happens in the next 72 hours, history will be made. If the Cubs win it will break the longest run without a world series in the history of baseball, 107 seasons. Should the Indians win it will break the second longest winless streak of 67 seasons.
Chicago started the series as favourites at $1.48 and looked good after winning the second game in Cleveland to level the series. They then lost games three and four at home which sent the whole city of Chicago into a state of depression before they hit back on Monday AEDT to keep the series alive.
Cleveland started game one as outsiders for the series at $2.67 but are now solid favourites at $1.33 with Josh Tomlin, who won game three, likely to start the game as pitcher. Jake Arrieta who won game two, should have the ball for the Cubs.
With the series moving back to an American League park, the Cubs will once again be able to put Kyle Schwarber in the line-up at designated hitter. Game Six begins at 11am on Wednesday morning AEDT and is live on ESPN.
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