By Chandler Guadagnin
With a 9-2 win over the Cleveland Indians last night, the Chicago Cubs have force a World Series Game 7 for the second time in three years. In a situation like this, everyone is available as both teams seek to win the Series.
The Cubs will send Kyle Hendricks to the mound in the winner take-all Game 7. This postseason, Hendricks has a 1-1 record over four game and twenty and two thirds innings pitched. He has posted a 1.31 ERA; allowing 3 runs, 15 hits, 1 homerun, 6 walks, 17 strikeouts, and an opponent’s batting average of .211. In his last start- Game 3 of the World Series- Hendricks went four and a third shutout innings surrendering 6 hits, walking 2, and striking out 6.
Looking to continue the dominance of Cleveland sports in 2016, the Indians will send Corey Kluber to battle the Cubs. This postseason, Kluber has boasted a 4-1 record and 0.89 ERA in 5 games. In thirty and a third innings of work, yielding 3 runs, 22 hits, 1 homerun, 8 walks, 35 strikeouts. He held opponent’s to a .200 batting average. In his previous outing, Kluber relinquished 1 run on 5 hits, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts in 6 innings pitched.
Due to the blowout that the Indians suffered Tuesday night, their bullpen got little use, allowing them to be fresh for tonight’s do or die showdown. Another thing that goes in the Indians direction, is home field advantage because of the American League’s win in this year’s All-Star Game.
Chicago too has a rested bullpen, perhaps more rested than Cleveland’s, Throughout this World Series, Chicago’s bullpen has logged 56 and a third innings pitched to the Indians’ 63 innings pitched. The Cubs also have a wealth of knowledge in their dugout, manager Joe Maddon. Over 19 seasons and 2,724 games as a professional baseball manager, he has won 1,345 games.
The final game of the 2016 Major League Baseball season, Game 7 of the World Series, comes your way at 5:00PM PT from Cleveland, Ohio on FOX. Log on to www.kpaysports.com for post game analysis.
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