The Chicago Cubs had way more heroes that goats in the 2016 World Series!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Friday 4 November 2016 at 8:53 am

The Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series with solid starting pitching and a lot of clutch hitting!  The Cubs and Indians scored 27 runs apiece in this series!  The Curse of the Goat is now history!  The Cubs are World Champions for the first time since 1908!

It sure seemed to me that announcer Joe Buck had the hots for lefty swinging DH Kyle Schwarber.  Schwarber made an amazing recovery from a torn ACL in April, to not only play in the World Series, but to rake at the plate!  He played in 5 games in this series and he was 7 for 17 (.412 avg, .971 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 2 RBI and amazingly 1 stolen base!  Backup righty swinging catcher David Ross made the most of his P.T. in this series.  He played in 3 games in this series and he was 2 for 5 (.400 avg, 1.429 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 2 RBI!  Righty swinging outfielder Jorge Soler played in only 2 games in this series, but he was 2 for 5 (.400 avg, 1.300 OPS) with a triple.  Lefty swinging 1B Anthony Rizzo probably should have been the MVP of the World Series over Ben Zobrist.  He played in all 7 games of this series and he was 9 for 25 (.360 avg, 1.084 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 5 RBI and a stolen base.  Switch-hitting LF Ben Zobrist played in all 7 games in this series in which he was 10 for 28 (.357 avg, .919 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBI.  Righty swinging 3B Kris Bryant also had a solid series at the plate.  He played in all 7 games in this series and he was 7 for 26 (.269 avg, .887 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers, 2 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Lefty swinging backup catcher Miguel Montero might have had the biggest hit, when he knocked in his only run in Game #7 in the 10th inning to extend the Cubs’ lead to 8-6!  Montero played in 4 games in this series and he was 1 for 4 (.250 avg, .500 OPS) with 1 RBI.  Switch-hitting CF Dexter Fowler did a solid job of jump starting the offense at times, as he cranked a leadoff homer to open Game #7 in this series for the Cubs.  Fowler played in 7 games for the Cubs in this series and he was 7 for 30 (.233 avg, .725 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 2 homers, 2 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Righty swinging shortstop Addison Russell cranked a grand slam and he knocked in six runs in the Cubs’ huge win in Game #6 of this series.  Russell played in 7 games for the Cubs in this series and he was 6 for 27 (.222 avg, .637 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 9 RBI.

All of the Cubs didn’t hit in this series!  Righty swinging 2B Javier Baez had a rough time in this series.  He played in all 7 games and he was only 5 for 30 (.167 avg, .433 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI.  He whiffed an amazingly awful 13 times against 0 walks, as he often looked helpless at the plate.  Lefty swinging RF Jason Heyward helped with the glove and his arm defensively in this series, but he didn’t hit a lick (as usual).  Heyward played in 6 games in this series and he was 3 for 20 (.150 avg, .300 OPS) with 0 runs, 0 homers and 0 RBI.  He also whiffed 5 times against no walks.  But, he did steal 4 bases in this series….which is impressive, seeing how he wasn’t on base too much.  Righty swinging catcher Willson Contreras also had a rough time in this series.  He played in all 7 games for the Cubs in this series and he was only 2 for 19 (.105 avg, .438 OPS) with 0 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  The Cubs were a combined 61 of 245 (.249 avg, .720 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 8 homers, 27 RBI and 8 stolen bases.  They walked 22 times against 64 whiffs in this series.

The Cubs’ starting pitchers were rock solid in this series.  Righty Jake Arrieta was the best of the bunch.  He started 2 games in this series and he was 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.  He only gave up 5 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 15 batters in 11 1/3 innings in this series.  Lefty Jon Lester got the most work of the starting pitchers for the Cubs in this series.  He worked in 3 games (2 starts) in this series in which he was 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  He gave up 13 hits and 4 walks while whiffing 16 batters in 14 2/3 innings in this series.  Righty Kyle Hendricks pitched solid in this series, despite quick hooks in both games by manager Joe Maddon.  Hendricks started 2 games in this series and he was 0-0 with a 1.00 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  Righty John Lackey started 1 game for the Cubs in this series and he was 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  The lefties did most of the heavy lifting in the bullpen for the Cubs in this series.  Lefty closer Aroldis Chapman pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Cubs in this series and he was 1-0 with 1 save, a 3.52 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP.  Lefty reliever Mike Montgomery pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Cubs in this series and he was 0-0 with 1 save, a 1.93 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP.  Chapman won Game #7 and Montgomery saved it for the Cubs!  The Cubs’ pitchers combined to go 4-3 with 2 saves, a 3.43 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP in this series!

 

 

Ben Zobrist of the Chicago Cubs was named the MVP of the 2016 World Series

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Thursday 3 November 2016 at 6:25 pm

35-year old switch-hitting Ben Zobrist moved to left field in the post-season to open up second base for Javier Baez.  But, his biggest contribution was being a clutch hitter in the World Series, especially in Game #7!  He was 0 for 4 coming up to the plate in the 10th inning of a tie game and he laced a double that knocked in the run that gave the Cubs a 7-6 lead!  Miguel Montero followed him with an RBI single, which was needed also, as the Indians scored a run in the bottom of the 10th.  Zobrist was named the MVP of the 2016 World Series last night!  He played in 7 games in the 2016 World Series for the Chicago Cubs and he was 10 for 28 (.354 avg, .919 OPS) with 5 runs scored, a double, a triple and 2 RBI.

Game #7: Chicago Cubs 8, Cleveland Indians 7 in 10 innings

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Wednesday 2 November 2016 at 11:36 pm

The Chicago Cubs have won their first World Series since the 1908 season!  Ben Zobrist got a go ahead RBI double in the 10th inning and Miguel Montero followed that up with an RBI single that proved to be essential, as the Indians scored a run in the bottom of the 10th inning!  Dexter Fowler (3 for 5 with a run scored, a homer and a RBI) and Kyle Schwarber (3 for 5 with a stolen base) led the way for the Cubs with the bats in this game.  Kris Bryant (1 for 4 with a walk and 2 runs scored), Anthony Rizzo (1 for 3 with a walk, a run and a RBI), Ben Zobrist (1 for 5 with a run scored, a double and a RBI), Willson Conteras (1 for 2 with a double and a RBI), David Ross (1 for 1 with a solid homer), Miguel Montero (1 for 1 with a RBI) and Javier Baez (1 for 5 with a solo homer) also pitched in with the bats in this game for the Cubs.  The Cubs combined to go 13 for 39 (.333 avg) with 4 walks and 5 whiffs.

The Cubs didn’t pitch well tonight…..just a tad better than the Indians did.  Kyle Hendricks was so-so as he worked 4 2/3 innings in which he gave up 4 hits, 2 runs (1 earned) and 1 walk while whiffing 2 batters.  Jon Lester followed him in this game and he worked 3 innings in which he gave up 3 hits, 2 runs (1 earned) and 1 walk while whiffing 4 batters.  Aroldis Chapman was next up and he was pretty awful, working 1 1/3 innings in which he gave up 3 hits, 2 runs (both earned) while whiffing 2 batters.  He was the winning pitcher in this game thanks to Ben Zobrist and Miguel MonteroCarl Edwards started the 10th inning and he worked 2/3 of an inning in which he gave up 1 hit, 1 run (it was earned) and 1 walk while whiffing 1 batter.  Mike Montgomery worked the final 1/3 of an inning and he got Michael Martinez of the Indians to ground out to Kris Bryant to earn the save!  The Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in 7 games to win an epic World Series in 2016!

Game #6: Chicago Cubs 9, Cleveland Indians 3

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Wednesday 2 November 2016 at 1:19 pm

The Chicago Cubs jumped the Indians early last night and the pitching staff made it stand up!  Addison Russell led the way for the Cubs with the bat, as he was 2 for 5 with 1 run scored, a double, a grand slam and 6 RBI!  Kris Bryant (4 for 5 with 2 runs scored and a solo homer) and Anthony Rizzo (3 for 5 with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBI) also brought their whopping sticks to the field last night!  Kyle Schwarber (1 for 4 with a walk and a run scored), Ben Zobrist (2 for 4 with a walk and 2 runs scored) and Javier Baez (1 for 4) also pitched in with the bats for the Cubs last night.  The Cubs combined to go 13 of 39 (.333 avg) with 3 walks and 6 whiffs.

Jake Arrieta was far from perfect last night, but he was more than good enough!  He worked 5 2/3 innings for the Cubs last night and he gave up 3 hits, 2 runs (both earned) and he walked 3 batters while whiffing 9 of them.  He was the winning pitcher for the Cubs!  Mike Montgomery was next up and he worked 1 shutout inning in which he allowed 1 hit and 1 walk.  Aroldis Chapman was next up and he worked 1 1/3 innings in which he allowed 1 hit, 1 run (it was earned) and 1 walk while whiffing 1 batter.  Pedro Strop worked 2/3 of an inning and he didn’t give up any runs despite giving up and hit and walking one batter.  Travis Wood got the last player out for the Indians in this game.  The Cubs have now tied up the 2016 World Series with a Winner Take All game tonight in Cleveland!

Game #5: Chicago Cubs 3, Cleveland Indians 2

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Monday 31 October 2016 at 8:09 am

The Chicago Cubs got some key hits and they got good pitching to stay alive in the 2016 World Series last night!  Jon Lester turned in another solid start as he worked 6 innings in which he gave up 4 hits, 0 walks and 2 runs (both earned) while whiffing 5 batters.  Lester was the winning pitcher for the Cubs in this game.  Carl Edwards was next up and he worked 1/3 of an inning in which he gave up 1 hit and o runs.  Aroldis Chapman then came in an he slammed the door!  Chapman worked 2 2/3 innings in which he gave up 1 hit, 0 walks, 0 runs and he whiffed 4 batters to earn the save for the Cubs!

Kris Bryant led the way for the Cubs offensively last night and he was 1 for 3 with a run scored, a homer, a walk, a stolen base and a RBI.  Anthony Rizzo (1 for 3 with a run scored, a double and a walk), Ben Zobrist (1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored), Addison Russell (2 for 4 with a RBI), Jason Heyward (1 for 4 with 2 stolen bases) and Javier Baez (1 for 4) also pitched in offensively for the Cubs last night.  David Ross played in his final game at Wrigley Field last night (he is retiring after the World Series) and he was 0 for 1 with a RBI.  The Cubs were a combined 7 for 30 (.233 avg) with 3 walks and 14 whiffs in this game.  The Cubs are now down 3-2 to the Indians in the 2016 Series as it shifts back to Cleveland.

Game #4: Cleveland Indians 7, Chicago Cubs 2

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Sunday 30 October 2016 at 7:34 am

The Chicago Cubs were feeling good about themselves when they scored a run in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead on the Tribe, but it was all downhill from there!  John Lackey started and he was so-so working the first five innings in which he gave up 4 hits, 1 walk and 3 runs (2 earned) while whiffing 5 batters.  He was the losing pitcher for the Cubs in this game.  Mike Montgomery was next up and he had a rough night working 2/3 of an inning in which he gave up 1 hit, 2 walks and 1 run (it was earned).  Justin Grimm was even worse, working 1/3 of an inning in which he gave up 1 hit and 2 runs (both earned) while whiffing 1 batter.  Travis Wood worked 1 inning in which he gave up 2 hits (a 3-run homer to Jason Kipnis of the Indians), 1 run (it was earned) and he whiffed 2 batters.  Hector Rondon finished up this game by working 2 scoreless innings in which he gave up no base runners while whiffing 2 batters.

Dexter Fowler did his part for the Cubs last night, as he was 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored, a double, a homer off of Andrew Miller and 1 RBI.  Anthony Rizzo (2 for 3 with a double, a stolen base and a RBI) and Jason Heyward (2 for 4) also pitched in with big bats last year for the Cubs.  Addison Russell pitched in as he was 1 for 4 in this game.  Kris Bryant had a really rough night as he was 0 for 3 with a walk and 2 brutal errors.  The Cubs are now down 3-1 in the 2016 World Series and face elimination from here on out!

Game #3: Cleveland Indians 1, Chicago Cubs 0

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Friday 28 October 2016 at 10:40 pm

The Chicago Cubs wasted a good effort by their pitching staff and defense tonight, as they couldn’t hit a lick against the Indians’ pitchers.  Kyle Hendricks didn’t have his best stuff, but he didn’t give up any runs in his 4 1/3 innings on the mound despite giving up 6 hits and 2 walks while whiffing 6 batters.  Justin Grimm finished up the fifth inning for the Cubs by working 2/3 of an inning, giving up no runs.  Carl Edwards pitched a scoreless 6th inning, but he didn’t pitch well in the 7th inning, as he was the Cubs’ losing pitcher in this game!  He worked 1 2/3 innings in which he gave up 2 hits, 1 walk and 1 run (it was earned) while whiffing 1 batter.  Mike Montgomery, Pedro Strop and Aroldis Chapman worked a combined 2 1/3 scoreless innings to give the Cubs a chance to come back late in this game, which they didn’t.

The Cubs just couldn’t mount much of an offensive attack in this game.  Jorge Soler led the way on the Cubs with his bat as he was 2 for 3 with a triple.  Dexter Fowler (1 for 4), Anthony Rizzo (1 for 4) and Ben Zobrist (1 for 4) also pitched in for the Cubs with the bats in this game.  The Cubs were a combined 5 for 33 (.152 avg) with 1 walk and 8 whiffs.  The Cubs are now down 2-1 in the 2016 World Series to the Cleveland Indians!

Game #2: Chicago Cubs 5, Cleveland Indians 1

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Wednesday 26 October 2016 at 10:34 pm

The Chicago Cubs jumped on the Indians in this game and they never looked back!  Anthony Rizzo (1 for 3 with 2 runs scored, 2 walks and a RBI), Ben Zobrist (2 for 4 with a run scored, a walk and a RBI) and Kyle Schwarber (2 for 4 with a run scored, a walk and 2 RBI) led the way for the Cubs’ offense in this game.  Dexter Fowler (1 for 5), Kris Bryant (1 for 5 with a run scored), Javier Baez (1 for 5) and Addison Russell (1 for 4 with a RBI) also pitched in with the bats for the Cubs in this game.  The Cubs’ hitters combined to go 9 for 37 (.243 avg) with 8 walks and 8 whiffs.

Jake Arrieta started this game and he was outstanding for the Cubs, working 5 2/3 innings in which he gave up 2 hits, 1 run (it was earned) and 3 walks while whiffing 6 batters.  He was the winning pitcher for the Cubs, as he didn’t give up a hit until the 6th inning!  Mike Montgomery was the next pitcher in for the Cubs in this game and he worked 2 shutout innings in which he gave up 2 hits and 1 walk while whiffing 4 batters.  Aroldis Chapman slammed the door, working the last 1 1/3 innings in this game in which he walked 1 batter and whiffed 2 without giving up a run!  The Cubs have now tied up the 2016 World Series at 1 game apiece as it shifts to Chicago starting on Friday!

Game #1: Cleveland Indians 6, Chicago Cubs 0

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Wednesday 26 October 2016 at 3:05 pm

The Chicago Cubs never had much of a chance last night against the Indians, who jumped them in the first inning and never looked back!  Jon Lester wasn’t his usual self last night as he worked 5 2/3 innings in which he gave up 6 hits (a homer), 3 runs (all earned) and 3 walks while whiffing 7 batters.  He was the losing pitcher for the Cubs last night.  Pedro Strop and Travis Wood combined to work a scoreless inning after Lester left the game.  Justin Grimm didn’t pitch that well, working 1 inning in which he gave up 2 hits, 2 runs (both earned) and 1 walk while whiffing 1 batter.  Hector Rondon worked 1/3 of an inning in which he gave up 2 hits (a 3-run homer to Roberto Perez of the Indians) and 1 run (it was earned)!

Ben Zobrist was the only guy really locked in at the plate for the Cubs last night as he was 3 for 4 with a double!  Willson Contreras (1 for 2 with a double), Kyle Schwarber (1 for 3 with a double and a walk), Javier Baez (1 for 4) and David Ross (1 for 3) also pitched in for the Cubs offensively last night, but it was way too little to even score 1 run!  The Cubs combined to go 7 for 34 (.206 avg) at the plate with 2 walks and 15 whiffs!  The Cubs are now down 1-0 in the 2016 World Series to the Cleveland Indians!

2016 World Series: Chicago Cubs (7-3) vs. Cleveland Indians (7-1)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Tuesday 25 October 2016 at 12:35 pm

This sets up an amazing World Series as either the Curse of Rocky Colavito or the Curse of the Billy Goat are going down this year.  The Cleveland Indians last won the World Series back in 1948.  The Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series for the first time since 1945 and they last won one in 1908!  Here is a look at the matchups in this series:

CATCHER:  27-year old righty swinging Roberto Perez is doing a solid job of handling the pitching staff and he has been getting clutch hits so far in the playoffs.  He has played in 8 games for the Indians so far in the playoffs so far this year and he is 4 for 23 (.174 avg, .617 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBI.

24-year old righty swinging Willson Contreras should be the guy that catches the most games in this series for the Cubs.  He has played in 10 games in the playoffs so far this year and he is 8 for 20 (.400 avg, .979 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBI.

SLIGHT FOR THE CUBS

FIRST BASE:  34-year old righty swinging Mike Napoli needs to get going early in this series for the Tribe.  He has played in 8 games for the Indians in the playoffs so far this year and he is 5 for 28 (.179 avg, .626 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer, 2 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Napoli has now played in 59 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 41 of 173 (.237 avg, .761 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 8 homers, 29 RBI and 2 stolen bases.

27-year old lefty swinging Anthony Rizzo finally started to show signs of life in the N.L.C.S. with the bat.  The Cubs need him to keep that up in the World Series.  Rizzo has played in 10 games in the playoffs so far this year and he is 9 for 40 (.225 avg, .720 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers, 5 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Rizzo has now played in 19 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 15 of 72 (.208 avg, .681 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 4 homers, 7 RBI and 1 stolen base.

EDGE:  SLIGHT FOR THE CUBS

SECOND BASE:  29-year old lefty swinging Jason Kipnis is going to have to pick up the pace with the bat in the World Series!  He has played in 8 games in the playoffs so far this year and he is 5 for 30 (.167 avg, .585 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 2 homers and 4 RBI.  He has now played in 9 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 5 for 34 (.147 avg, .518 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 2 homers and 4 RBI.

23-year old righty swinging Javier Baez is in a zone right now both in the field and at the plate.  Baez has played in 10 games for the Cubs in the playoffs so far this year and he is 13 of 38 (.342 avg, .892 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 7 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  Baez has now played in 16 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 18 of 53 (.340 avg, .885 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 2 homers, 10 RBI and 4 stolen bases.

EDGE:  CUBS

SHORTSTOP:  22-year old switch-hitting Francisco Lindor is the best all-around player in this series, period!  He can get you with hit bat, his mitt or his legs!  Lindor has played in 8 games for the Indians in the playoffs so far this year and he is 10 for 31 (.323 avg, .924 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 2 homers and 4 RBI.  He is clutch and I have a feeling he will be again in the World Series!

22-year old righty swinging Addison Russell is a solid player, but he has struggled with the bat in the playoffs so far in his career.  Russell has played in 10 games in the playoffs so far this year and he is 7 for 37 (.189 avg, .589 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers and 4 RBI.  Russell has now played in 14 games overall in the playoffs so far in this career and he is 10 for 49 (.204 avg, .608 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers, 5 RBI and 1 stolen base.

EDGE:  INDIANS

THIRD BASE:  24-year old switch-hitting Jose Ramirez has been outstanding all year long for the Tribe, but he has struggled with the bat a little bit so far in the playoffs.  He has played in 8 games in the playoffs so far this year for the Indians and he is 6 for 27 (.222 avg, .535 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  Ramirez has the speed to make a difference in this series, but he has to get on base in this series a lot before he can use it.

24-year old righty swinging Kris Bryant has been very clutch in the playoffs for the Cubs so far this year.  He has played in 10 games in the playoffs so far this year and he is 13 of 39 (.333 avg, .948 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBI.  Bryant has now played in 19 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 19 of 73 (.260 avg, .826 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 3 homers and 11 RBI.

EDGE:  CUBS

LEFT FIELD:  36-year old switch-hitting Coco Crisp will be platooning in LF with 30-year old righty swinging Brandon Guyer.  Crisp has played in 6 games in the playoffs so far this year and he is 3 for 14 (.214 avg, .955 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 2 homers, 3 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Crisp has now played in 37 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 32 of 117 (.274 avg, .744 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 3 homers, 11 RBI and 5 stolen bases.

35-year old switch-hitting Ben Zobrist has been camping in LF in the playoffs so that Javier Baez can play 2B.  Zobrist has been struggling big time with the bat so far in the playoffs.  He has played in 10 games in the playoffs so far this year and he is only 6 for 36 (.167 avg, .494 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBI.  Zobrist has snow played in 47 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 40 for 168 (.238 avg, .695 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 4 homers, 12 RBI and 1 stolen base.

EDGE:  EVEN

CENTER FIELD:  The Indians will likely platoon 25-year old lefty swinging Tyler Naquin and 36-year old righty swinging Rajai Davis in CF.  Naquin will probably get more P.T. than Davis in this series.  Naquin has played in 6 games in the playoffs so far this year and he is 3 for 16 (.188 avg, .500 OPS) with 0 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBI.

30-year old switch-hitting Dexter Fowler is the guy that makes things go for the Cubs offensively.  He has played in 10 games in the playoffs so far this year and he is 11 of 42 (.262 avg, .724 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBI.  Fowler has now played in 23 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 24 of 92 (.261 avg, .717 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 3 homers, 9 RBI and 1 stolen base.

EDGE:  CUBS

RIGHT FIELD:  28-year old lefty swinging Lonnie Chisenhall has been a solid player so far in the playoffs for the Tribe.  He has played in 8 games in the playoffs so far this year and he is 7 for 26 (.269 avg, .681 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBI.  Chisenhall has now played in 9 games for the Tribe so far his career and he is 10 for 30 (.333 avg, .788 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBI.

27-year old lefty swinging Jason Heyward continues to stink it up for the Cubbies.  He has played in 10 games in the playoffs so far this year and he is only 2 for 28 (.071 avg, .312 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  Heyward has now played in 23 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is only 13 of 81 (.160 avg, .506 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 2 homers and 7 RBI.

EDGE:  INDIANS

DESIGNATED HITTER:  30-year old switch-hitting Carlos Santana is one of the better hitters on the Indians due to his keen batting eye and his power stroke.  He has played in 8 games in the playoffs so far this year and he is 5 for 29 (.172 avg, .629 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 2 RBI.  Santana has now played in 9 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 7 for 33 (.212 avg, .702 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 2 RBI.

23-year old lefty swinging Kyle Schwarber has been activated from the D.L. to be the Cubs’ DH in this series.  He has played in 9 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 9 for 27 (.333 avg, 1.308 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 5 homers and 8 RBI.  He could be really, really rusty.

EDGE:  INDIANS

BENCH:  The Indians’ bench will change daily depending on who is playing left and center field, where they will be platooning.  So, 36-year old righty swinging outfielder Rajai Davis will likely be coming off the bench a lot in this series.  He has played in 8 games for the Indians in the playoffs so far this year and he is 0 for 12 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) with 1 run scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Davis has now played in 11 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 2 for 18 (.111 avg, .216 OPS) with 1 run scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Davis led the American League in steals this year, so he could make a difference if he can get on base in this series.  30-year old right swinging outfielder Brandon Guyer should also help the Tribe off the bench a lot in this series.  He has played in 3 games in the playoffs so far this year and he is 3 for 8 (.375 avg, .750 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  29-year old righty swinging catcher Yan Gomes has yet to play in the playoffs so far this year.  He has played in 1 game in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 2 for 4 (.500 avg, 1.250 OPS) with 0 runs scored, o homers and 0 RBI.  34-year old switch-hitting IF/OF Michael Martinez can play all over the place in the field.  He has played in 3 games in the playoffs so far this year for the Tribe and he is 0 for 1 (.000 avg, .000 OPS).  Martinez has now played in 5 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 0 for 1 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) with 1 run scored.

The Cubs don’t have too many bench players added much so far in the playoffs, sans Miguel Montero‘s pinch hit grand slam.  39-year old righty swinging catcher David Ross will be behind the plate when Jon Lester is starting.  He has played in 5 games in the playoffs so far this year and he is 2 for 11 (.182 avg, .776 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 2 RBI.  Ross has now played in 22 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 11 for 47 (.234 avg, .749 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBI.  33-year old lefty swinging catcher Miguel Montero has played in 4 games in the playoffs so far this year and he is 1 for 8 (.125 avg, .625 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 4 RBI.  Montero has now played in 22 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 11 for 56 (.196 avg, .571 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 7 RBI.  24-year old righty swinging outfielder Jorge Soler has had a rough start this year in the playoffs.  He has played in 6 games in the playoffs so far this year and he is 0 for 8 (.000 avg, .200 OPS).  Soler has now played in 13 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 9 for 27 (.333 avg, 1.263 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 3 homers and 5 RBI.  31-year old lefty swinging 2B/OF Chris Coghlan has played in 5 games in the playoffs so far and he is 0 for 4 (.000 avg, .200 OPS) with 1 run scored.  He has now played in 11 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 1 for 16 (.063 avg, .180 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 0 RBI.  22-year old righty swinging, rookie outfielder Albert Almora has played in 6 games in the playoffs so far this year and he is 0 for 9 (.000 avg, .000 OPS).

EDGE:  EVEN

STARTING PITCHERS:  30-year old righty Corey Kluber is the unquestioned ace of the Tribe’s starting rotation.  He has pitched in 3 games (all starts) so far in the playoffs this year and he is 2-1 with a 0.98 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  The Indians could consider using Kluber in Games #1, #4 and #7 in this series, depending on how many starting pitchers they want to use.  The Indians appear satisfied with 25-year old righty Trevor Bauer‘s recovery from his injured finger on his pitching hand.  They have him penciled in for Game #2 of this series.  He has pitched in 2 games (both starts) in the playoffs so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  32-year old righty Josh Tomlin will be the #3 starter for the Indians in this series.  He has started 2 games in the playoffs so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.  Either 26-year old righty Danny Salazar or Corey Kluber will start in Game #4 for the Tribe.  Salazar has been out a while due to injury, but he has been cleared for 65-70 pitches.  If he makes the start, the bullpen better be ready to rock.  Salazar has pitched in 1 game (1 start) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

32-year old lefty Jon Lester will be first up in this series for the Cubs.  He has pitched in 3 games (all starts) in the playoffs so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP.  Lester has now pitched in 19 games (17 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 8-6 with a 2.50 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.  30-year old righty Jake Arrieta will be second up in the rotation for the Cubs in this series.  He has pitched in 2 games (both starts) in the playoffs so far this year and he is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 5 games (all starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  26-year old righty Kyle Hendricks will be #3 up in this series for the Cubs.  He has pitched in 3 games (all starts) in the playoffs so far this year for the Cubs and he is 1-1 with a 1.65 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP.  Hendricks has now pitched in 5 games (all starts) so far in his career in the playoffs and he is 1-1 with a 2.88 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.  38-year old righty John Lackey will be #4 in line for the Cubs in this series.  He has pitched in 2 games (both starts) so far this year in the playoffs and he is 0-0 with a 5.63 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 25 games (22 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 8-5 with a 3.26 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.

EDGE:  CUBS

CLOSER:  27-year old righty Cody Allen has been nails in the playoffs for the Tribe so far this year!  He has pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Indians in the playoffs so far this year and he is 0-0 with 5 saves, a 0.00 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  Allen has now pitched in 7 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 0-0 with 5 saves, a 0.00 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.

28-year old lefty Aroldis Chapman has gotten hit some in the playoffs so far this year.  He has pitched in 8 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far this year and he is 1-0 with 3 saves, a 3.38 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.   Chapman has now pitched in 13 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 1-1 with 3 saves, a 2.84 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.

EDGE:  SLIGHT FOR INDIANS

BULLPEN:  The Indians have the best pitcher on either team in this series and he is pitching out of their bullpen.  He is, 31-year old lefty reliever Andrew Miller.  Miller has pitched in 6 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far this year and he is 1-0 with 1 save, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP.  Miller has now pitched in 12 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 1-0 with 1 save, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.45 WHIP.  28-year old righty Bryan Shaw has also had a heavy workload for the Tribe so far in the playoffs.  He has pitched in 7 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 4.76 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.  Shaw has now pitched in 12 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.  31-year old righty Dan Otero will likely get to pitch some in this series too.  He has pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Tribe so far in the playoffs this year and he is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  Otero has now pitched in 8 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 0-1 with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  24-year old lefty Ryan Merritt will likely move to the pen for this series.  He started 1 game in the playoffs so far this year for the Tribe and he was excellent!  He is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.46 WHIP so far this year in the playoffs.  Merritt will give the Indians a second lefty in the pen, and one that can work multiple innings if need be.  28-year old righty Zach McAllister still has a big time arm.  He has pitched in 1 game for the Indians so far this year in the playoffs and he is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  31-year old righty Jeff Manship is also on hand if the Tribe need him.  He has worked 1 game out of the pen in the playoffs so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.  25-year old righty Mike Clevinger will be a long man in the pen for the Tribe in this series.  He has pitched in 1 game out of the pen for the Tribe so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

28-year old righty Hector Rondon will be the Cubs’ set-up man in this series.  He has pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  Rondon has now pitched in 10 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 1-0 with 2 saves, a 4.15 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  31-year old righty Pedro Strop will also get to pitch in high leverage positions in this series for the Cubs.  Strop has pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Cubs so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  Strop has now pitched in 13 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP.  29-year old lefty Travis Wood has been rock solid in the playoffs for the Cubs so far this year in the playoffs.  He has pitched in 6 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Cubs so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  Wood has now pitched in 13 games (0 starts) so far in his career in the playoffs and he is 2-0 with a 2.87 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP.  27-year old lefty Mike Montgomery gives the Cubs a quality second lefty in the pen.  He has pitched in 6 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  25-year old righty Carl Edwards has pitched well in the playoffs so far this year, working in 5 games in which he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP.  28-year old righty Justin Grimm will likely be the long man in this series for the Cubs.  He has pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year in the playoffs and he is 0-0 with a 7.71 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  Grimm has now pitched in 6 games (0 starts) so far in his career in the playoffs and he is 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.

EDGE: EVEN

MANAGER:  57-year old Terry Francona has excelled in his career on the big stage!  The Indians are 7-1 (87.5%) in the playoffs so far this year.  Francona is now 35-19 (64.8%) in his career in the post-season!  He has also won two World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and 2007!  The Red Sox were 8-0 in those two World Series!

62-year old Joe Maddon doesn’t have quite the resume that Francona has.  The Cubs are 7-3 (70%) in the post-season so far this year.  Maddon is now 24-25 (49%) in the playoffs as a manager and that includes a 1-4 (20%) record as a manager in the World Series.

EDGE:  INDIANS

PREDICTION:  CHICAGO CUBS IN SIX GAMES!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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