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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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Giants Fall to Cubs In Game 1

By Chandler Guadagnin

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As they did so often in the regular season, tonight’s game between the Giants and Cubs was decided by one run. In Game 1 of the NLDS, the Giants fell to the Chicago Cubs by a final of 1-0. The difference in the game was a Javier Baez solo homerun.

With the game scoreless through seven and a half innings, Johnny Cueto, who was spectacular on the road in one of the most hitter friendly ballparks in Major League Baseball. However, one pitch did him in; a 3-2 pitch, which Baez promptly mashed over the left field wall.  That was all that Jon Lester needed as he blanked San Francisco through eight innings; turning it over to flame throwing closer Aroldis Chapman in the ninth. Chapman, who gave up a two out double to Buster Posey, slammed the door by striking out Hunter Pence to end it.

The story of the game for San Francisco may be missed opportunities. The Giants put their leadoff man on in each of the first three innings. Two of the three leadoff runners were soon erased by way of a caught stealing and a pickoff.

The Giants best chance to score came in fourth inning, when, with one out, Buster Posey singled to left. One hitter later, Pagan would shoot a two out double over the head of the left fielder. Had Buster Posey not been the runner at first, the Giants surely would have scored. As it was, with runners on second and third, Brandon Crawford grounded out on an 0-2 pitch to end the threat.

Tune into FS1 or KNBR 680 for Game 2 action at 5:00 PM PT to catch all of the action from Wrigley Field. As always, log on to www.kpaysports.com for pre and post game analysis.

Breaking Down Giants-Cubs NLDS Game 1

By Chandler Guadagnin

The San Francisco Giants are set to take on the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the NLDS on Friday. With a win already under their belts, San Francisco looks to continue their winning ways as they send Johnny Cueto to the hill to face off against the Cubs’ Jon Lester.

This season, Jon Lester pitched to the tune of a 19-5 record with a 2.44 ERA, 197 strikeouts and 52 walks in 202.2 innings pitched over 32 games. The Giants’ Johnny Cueto amassed an 18-5 record with a 2.79 ERA, 198 strikeouts, and 45 walks in 219.2 innings over 32 games. Of those 18 wins, five were complete games.

Each game that the Giants and Cubs played this regular season was tight. In seven games against Chicago, San Francisco posted a 3-4 record. In the season series, six of the seven games were decided by two runs or fewer. The Cubs outscored the Giants by a total of 23 to 17. Throughout the seven games, there was only one shutout recorded, a Madison Bumgarner shutout on May 22, 2016.

Important to note, is the fact that, the Cubs won 103 games during the regular season. As a result, the Cubs did not play a necessarily meaningful game for about a month. Also important is the fact that, last year, the Kansas City Royals, after a few poor starts, did not allow Cueto to pitch on the road during the postseason. However, it is October and as any baseball fan knows, anything can happen. Below are the side by side comparisons of the postseason careers of Johnny Cueto and Jon Lester:

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You can watch all of NLDS Game 1 action, tomorrow, on FS1 beginning at 6:00 PM PT or you can listen to the play-by-play on KNBR 680. Following the game, log on to www.kpaysports.com to see the postgame analysis.

Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com

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