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Extra Special: Cubs Win The World Series!

By Chandler Guadagnin

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The wait is over Chicago. The Cubs have finally conquered the curse of the billy goat. It took longer than expected; nevertheless, the Chicago Cubs have won the 2016 World Series, it’s first championship in 108 years.

In this epic ten inning marathon, the Cubs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on a Dexter Fowler’s solo home run to open the game. After the Indians tied the game in the bottom of the third, Chicago would comeback in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead. The Cubs would tack on two more in the  fifth.

It seemed Chicago was in the driver seat, however the Cleveland Indians scratched and clawed to score two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Chicago would make it 6-3 on a home run from 39 year old catcher, David Ross, in the sixth. With the homerun, Ross becomes the oldest player to hit a home run in the World Series. Following tremendous relief work from Jon Lester, who went three innings allowing only one run, Joe Maddon brought in fireball closer, Aroldis Chapman for the third night in a row. With a runner on second and two outs, in stepped Rajai Davis. On a 2-2 pitch, Davis blasted a game tying homer over the left field wall.

That was all the Indians would get in the eighth. Chapman would return to the mound in the ninth on a mission to bounce back. Bounce back he would, retiring the Indians 1-2-3. To the tenth we went and to the mound went Bryan Shaw.

The inning began with a Kyle Schwarber leadoff single. Following a Kris Bryant flyout, Anthony Rizzo would be intentionally walked. After the intentional walk, Ben Zobrist connected with a 1-2 pitch from Shaw, lining it to left field, and giving the Cubs a 7-6 lead. Addison Russell was then walked, bringing up Miguel Montero. Montero swatted a 1-1 pitch to left field, extending the lead to 8-6. That would be the end of the scoring for Chicago.

Carl Edwards Jr. would be called on in the bottom of the tenth. He would retire two in a row before walking Brandon Guyer. He was then replaced by Michael Montgomery. Eighth inning hero, Rajai Davis stepped in once again with a chance to tie the game for Cleveland. With Davis batting, Guyer would take second on defensive indifference. On a 1-0 pitch, Davis would single up the middle, shrinking Chicago’s lead to 8-7. There it would stay, as Kris Bryant would fire a, Michael Martinez, ground ball to first baseman Anthony Rizzo to seal the deal for the Chicago Cubs.

In a hard fought game that lasted 4 hours and 28 minutes, Cleveland used five pitchers. In the other dugout, the Cubs utilized five pitchers as well. Chicago starter, Kyle Hendricks, finished the night going four and two thirds innings; giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits, one walk, and two strikeouts. For Cleveland Corey Kluber took the ball to start the game. From the beginning, it was clear that Chicago made the necessary preparation to take on Corey Kluber for the third time. Officially, Kluber went four innings plus relinquishing four runs, all earned, on six hits, two home runs, no walks, and no strikeouts.

In one of the most thrilling games in World Series history, the Cubs have defeated the Cleveland Indians to become the 2016 World Series Champions. A quest that began in 1909 ends November 2, 2016; 108 years later. Hey Chicago, what do ya’ say, the Cubs have won today!

Memorable Moments:

  • For his double in the tenth inning, Ben Zobrist was dubbed the 2016 World Series MVP.
  • Add one more name to the list; the Chicago Cubs are the latest team to be down 3-1 in the World Series and comeback to win.
  • With his leadoff home run in the first inning, Dexter Fowler becomes the first person to hit a leadoff home run in Game 7 of the World Series.
  • In his return to action for the first time since April 7th, Kyle Schwarber went 7 for 17 with a double, 2 RBIs, 2 runs scored, and three walks for an average of .412 and an extraordinary on base plus slugging percentage of .971.
  • With the first World Series Championship of his managerial career, Joe Maddon, becomes the only the second manager, since Frank Chance, to guide the Chicago Cubs to a Championship in the Cubs’ 140 year history.
  • Michael Montgomery records his first save in his career in Game 7 of the World Series.

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Cubs-Indians Battle For All The Marbles In Game 7

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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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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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.

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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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