The Chicago Cubs refuse to end the season without fighting. Last Sunday in front of 41.711 baseball fans at Wrigley Field, the Cubs were able to avoid elimination with a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 5 of the World Series. Aroldis Chapman, Chicago’s left-handed pitcher, was night’s hero for Chicago fans.
Chapman made his first appearance in the seventh inning since 2012 and proved to be fearless working his away out in the seventh and eighth innings and performing a flawless ninth, allowing one hit with no walks and four strikeouts, for a 42-pitch, eight-out save, the longest of his career.
Now, both teams will get a little rest on Monday, as the Cubs will have to travel back to Cleveland and try to overcome a 3-2 deficit in hostile Indians’ territory.
Quest For Glory
Both teams are trying to avoid adding another year to their long title drought, but according to major books all over the world, Indians are closer to overcome their demons. Even though the Cubs are favorite to win Game 6, at -145, after surviving in a great way World Series Game 5, handicappers still believe Chicago won’t be able to stop their 108-year drought.
It is stated that less than 12 percent of teams trailing three-games-to-one in a best-of-seven World Series have come back to win. In fact, no team has achieved this since the Kansas City Royals accomplished the feat in 1985. However, no one thought that Lebron James and the Cavs would spoil Golden State’s triumphant party, earlier this year. So, even if it is a different sport, the moral of this tale is: “Never cheer before you know who is winning.”
Josh Tomlin will start for Cleveland on Tuesday’s game. The right handed is 13-9, 4.40 ERA, and his last appearance was in Game 3, where he tossed 4 2/3 innings of two-hit, no-run ball. As for Cubs, they will send Jake Arrieta to the mound. Arrieta appeared most recently in Game 2. He earned the 5-1 win in that contest by allowing two hits and one run in 5.2 innings while walking three and striking out six.
According to major handicappers the odds to win the World Series are:
- Cleveland Indians = 5/12
- Chicago Cubs = 2/5
Game 6 is set to start at 8 pm ET and will be televised on Fox. So, get ready for the action because this is going to be a great one!