Indians on Verge of Snapping Curse; Win Game 4

By Chandler Guadagnin

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With a win in Game four of the 2016 World Series, the Cleveland Indians are one win away from hoisting the Championship trophy. Corey Kluber was his dominant self, even on short rest, as he went six innings, allowing one run on one walk and six strikeouts. Kluber also made a difference offensively as, with runners at first and second with two outs, he dribbled a single to third base. Cubs’ third baseman, Kris Bryant, errantly slung it to first base resulting in the runner at second crossing the plate. Cleveland would never look back scoring seven runs, on their way to a 7-2 win. Cleveland’s scoring barrage was capped off by a 3 run homer from Jason Kipnis. With the victory, Cleveland goes up 3 to 1 in this best of seven World Series.

With the loss, the Cubs face a situation which they haven’t faced all postseason- an elimination game. The difference between winning and losing for the Cubs, has been their frozen bats. In the series, Chicago has been out homered four to zero.

With their backs against the wall, the Chicago Cubs will send Jon Lester out to make the start in game five. He will be opposed by the Indians number two starter, Trevor Bauer. In his game one start, Lester, went five and two thirds innings giving up three runs, all earned, while striking out seven, walking three and allowing two homeruns; picking up the loss. In game two, Bauer pitched three and two thirds innings surrendering two runs, both earned, walking two and striking out two.

Cleveland will look to win their first World Series since 1948 when game five comes your way on FOX tomorrow at 5:00PM PT. There will not be pre or postgame analysis for game five.

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Cleveland Seeks 3-1 Edge In Game 4

By Chandler Guadagnin
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The World Series continues as game four comes your way from Wrigley Field in Chicago. Cleveland will send, ace, Corey Kluber to the mound to put them on the precipice of a World Series Championship. Kluber will be opposed by Chicago veteran John Lackey.

In his last start of the postseason-Game one of this World Series- Kluber pitched his team to victory as he went six innings allowing no runs on four hits, walking none, and striking out nine. Kluber etched his name in the history books in game one as well, as he became the first pitcher in postseason history to strikeout eight of the first nine batters faced. Kluber will look to continue his postseason dominance for Cleveland tonight.

The Cubs’, John Lackey, is yet to make a start in this World Series. This postseason, Lackey has posted an 0-0 record over two games pitched. In eight innings pitched, Lackey, has surrendered five homeruns while, walking five and striking out seven for an ERA of 5.63. Oppenent average against Lackey this postseason stands at .375. All of his earned runs this postseason have come off of the homeruns he has given up. Overall, the key for him tonight will be keeping the ball in the ballpark.

X factors for this game are, once again, the effectiveness of the starters and the bullpens. The direction of the wind will also play a factor in game four. Important to note, in all three games thus far, the team to score first has won each contest.

Game four comes your way at 5:00PM PT on FOX. Be sure to log on to www.kpaysports.com for the breakdown of game four.

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Cleveland Spoils Cubs Homecoming; Wins Game 3

By Chandler Guadagnin

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The return of the World Series to Wrigley Field did not disappoint. As was predicted, pitching was the difference. Indians starter, Josh Tomlin, mystified Cubs hitters as he fired four and two thirds innings allowing no runs, on just two hits; while, walking one and striking out one. Kyle Hendricks seemed to pitch with smoke and mirrors, as he worked in and out of trouble. In four and a third innings pitched, he allowed no runs on six hits, two walks, and 6 strikeouts. Hendricks never did have a 1-2-3 inning.

The game remained scoreless into the seventh inning, when, with one man out and runners on first and third, Coco Crisp lined a pinch hit single to right field. After reliever, Bryan Shaw, recorded two outs in the eighth and allowed a man to reach, manager Terry Francona called in Indians closer, Cody Allen, for the five out save. Allen promptly ended the eighth with a strikeout of Kris Bryant. It would prove to be a little more difficult for Allen in the ninth; however, he would through a single and an error to pick up the save and give Cleveland the 2-1 advantage. 

Chicago’s best chance to score came in the seventh, when Jorge Soler blooped a two out triple down the right field line; however the next hitter, Javier Baez would groundouts on a 2-0 pitch to quench the threat. In total, Chicago was 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position. 

Cleveland will turn to their ace, Corey Kluber, to put them one win away from bringing home the trophy. The Cubs will hand the ball to veteran John Lackey, looking to knot the Series at two. Game four comes your way tomorrow from Chicago at 4:00PM PT on FOX. As always, log onto to www.kpaysports.com for pre and postgame analysis of game four.

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Baseball Returns To Wrigley As Cubs Seek Series Edge

By Chandler Guadagnin

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World Series baseball returns to Wrigley Field for the first time in 71 years tonight, as the Chicago Cubs will look to take advantage of what is sure to be a raucous crowd, seeking a 2-1 series advantage. To accomplish this, Chicago will look to righty Kyle Hendricks. The Cleveland Indians will look to silence the audience as they will hand the ball to their right handed Josh Tomlin.

In his last start in the Postseason, Game 6 of the NLCS, Hendricks bested a shaky Clayton Kershaw. Hendricks shutdown a potent Dodgers offense, going seven and a third shutout innings and allowing only two hits while walking no one.

It was more of the same for Tomlin in his last start. Against the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS, he went five and two thirds innings, allowing just one run on 3 hits; while walking two and striking out six, to help the Indians to a ALCS Game 2 victory.

With both starting pitchers being so dominant this postseason, it may well be that, the team to score first will claim Game 3. Another X factor will be the effectiveness of the bullpens; and, if it occurs, which ‘pen cracks first.

Chicago’s offense will be without a big bat in the middle of the order, as Kyle Schwarber has been held out of the Cubs lineup. Schwarber who has not played the outfield since his collision and subsequent injury on April 7th, has not been cleared by  the doctor to play the field tonight and will only be available to pinch hit in games 3, 4, and 5.

Catch all the action of historic game 3 from Wrigley Field at 5:00PM PT on Fox or listen via ESPN Radio. Be sure to log on to www.kpaysports.com following the final out for postgame analysis.

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Chicago Victorious in World Series For First Time Since 1945; Tie Series

By Chandler Guadagnin

The Cubs have won game two, earning a split of the first two games, as the series shifts to the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. Jake Arrieta showed why he is the reigning Cy Young Award winner. Arrieta did not allow a hit until one out in the sixth inning. In five and a third innings pitched, Arrieta allowed only two hits and one run, while striking out six and walking three.

On the other hand, the Indians’ Trevor Bauer was never able to really settle in, as he went three and two thirds innings, allowing a run in the first inning, and one in the third inning. through his three and two three innings of work, Bauer allowed two runs, both earned, on six hits, two walks, and striking out two all while throwing 87 pitches.

The two main cogs of the Chicago Cubs lineup tonight were the bats of Ben Zobrist and Kyle Schwarber. In four at bats, Zobrist reached base three times, and recording two hits, (one a RBI triple). Schwarber continued his World Series offensive production, as he went 2 for 4, with a walk, two RBIs and a run scored.

Cleveland’s only scoring came in the sixth inning, when with one out, Jason Kipnis doubled to right field. That was followed by a Francisco Lindor groundout that moved Kipnis to third with two outs; then, with Mike Napoli batting, Arrieta fired a wild pitch, scoring Kipnis from third.

With that, the 2016 World Series moves to Chicago and Wrigley Field; the first time a Fall Classic game has come to Wrigley Field since 1945. Cleveland will turn to Josh Tomlin to ruin the Cubs home coming; while, Kyle Hendricks will look to put Chicago up 2 games to one. Game 3 comes your way Friday on FOX at 5:00PM PT from Wrigley Field in Chicago.

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Cubs Look To Even Up Fall Classic In Game 2

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By Chandler Guadagnin

Following a victory in Game 1, the Indians will look to righty Trevor Bauer to put the Cubs in a 2-0 hole. Chicago wil hand the ball to their ace Jake Arrieta to split the series before heading to the Windy City.

Once again, it may be pitching that defines whether the Cubs gain a split in Cleveland or the Cubs go down 2-0 in this best of seven series.

This season, in 31 games, Arrieta posted an 18-8 record. In 197.1 innings pitched, he struck out 190, walking only 76 and giving up a mere 16 home runs on his way to recording a 3.10 ERA. Over his career in the postseason, Arrieta has shown that he is one of the best overall pitchers in the Major Leagues.

Trevor Bauer pitched in 35 games this year putting up a 12-8 record. In 190 innings pitched, Bauer posted a 4.26 ERA while striking out 168 hitters, walked 70, giving up 20 homers. Bauer has had a brief career in the postseason. His second start was cut short due to a injured right pinkie finger. However brief his postseason experience may be, he has still been solid in his opportunities. Cleveland would not have made it to the World Series were it not for the clutch pitching of Trevor Bauer.

You can catch all of World Series Game 2 on FOX beginning in just minutes at 4:00PM PT in Cleveland. Log on to www.kpaysports.com for postgame analysis.

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Indians Claim Game 1 Behind Brilliant Kluber

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By Chandler Guadagnin

Behind a tremendous performance from Corey Kluber, the Cleveland Indians have taken Game one of the 2016 World Series. The storyline of this game became the tale of two starters. Put simply, Corey Kluber was on his game; while, Jon Lester did not have his best stuff.

Perhaps, the difference in the game, came in the very first inning. It was clear, from the beginning, what Cleveland’s plan was against Lester. Following a Francisco Lindor two out single and subsequent steal, Lester proceeded to walk back to back hitters, loading the bases. He would then give up an infield RBI single to Jose Ramirez and hit Brandon Guyer on an 0-2 pitch, en route to a two run frame. The Indians would never look back as they would tack on a run in the fourth; with the knockout punch coming on a three run bomb from Roberto Perez.

The Cubs had their chances, as they left a total of 9 men on base and were 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position. Chicago’s best chance came in the seventh inning when, with the bases loaded and nobody out, Andrew Miller retired the bottom third of the Cub lineup in order. Chicago would again rally in the eighth, only to see a strikeout of Schwarber end the threat. Cody Allen would then come in and close it out.

The Cubs will look to even the series as they hand the ball to Jake Arrieta. Cleveland will counter with righty Trevor Bauer. Game time has been moved up an hour due to threats of rain in the area. Game 2 comes your way from Progressive Field Wednesday at 4:00PM PT on FOX. Log on to www.kpaysports.com for pre and postgame analysis of game two.

Important To Note:

  • In the process of giving his team a 1-0 series edge, Kluber became the first pitcher in postseason history to strikeout eight batters in the first three innings.
  • With a win in Game 1 , Indians manager, Terry Francona, remains undefeated at 9 and 0, in World Series play.
  • With home runs in the fourth and eighth innings, Roberto Perez becomes the first Indians player to hit two home runs in a World Series.
  • In his second Major League at bat since April 7th, Kyle Schwarber collected his first hit of 2016, a double off of the right-center field wall.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com

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Cubs And Indians Set To Do Battle In 2016 World Series

By Chandler Guadagnin

The stage is set. It will be the Chicago Cubs of the National League Central taking on the American League Central Champion Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series. With the Cubs disposing of the Giants in the NLDS and Chicago’s dismantling of the Dodgers in the NLCS, the Chicago Cubs are headed to their first World Series in 70 years; seeking their first World Series Championship since 1908.

On the American League side of the bracket, the Cleveland Indians defeated the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS and mowed through the Blue Jays in the ALCS to reach the the Fall Classic. Cleveland, who hasn’t won baseball’s Championship series since 1948, will appear in it for the first time since 1997.

Both Chicago and Cleveland were written off early as World Series contenders. When Chicago’s young star, Kyle Schwarber, went down early with a torn ACL and LCL, suffered in a collision between Schwarber and fellow outfielder Dexter Fowler in Arizona, when both were running for a fly ball. 103 wins later, the Chicago Cubs are four wins away from proving the critics wrong.

Similarly, when the Indian’s Michael Brantley suffered a season ending shoulder injury after diving for a ground ball, analysts said there was no way that they would even have a chance to make the postseason. However, after winning their division, and marching through the postseason, the Indians too are four wins away from becoming the second major Cleveland sports team to hoist a championship trophy this year.

Chicago will look to cap off their historic season with the ultimate prize; while, the Indians will look to channel their inner Cleveland Cavaliers.

Looking to set the tone, the Chicago Cubs will send Jon Lester to the mound. He will be opposed by Indians righy Corey Kluber. Game 1 of the 2016 World Series comes your way Tuesday from Progressive Field in Cleveland  on FOX at 5:00PM PT. Log on to www.kpaysports.com for postgame analysis following the game.

My Prediction: Chicago defeats Cleveland in six games, 4-2

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