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2016 World Series Thus Far

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The 2016 World Series is living up to the hype

As baseball fans suffer through the first off day of the 2016 World Series, its time to reflect on a series that is living up to the hype that surrounded this year’s Fall Classic before it even began.

Game 1 was controlled by the Cleveland Indians who gave the ball to ace Corey Kluber. Kluber brought his ace stuff as he went six innings and only allowed four hits while striking out nine and not walking a batter. He received some early run support from his offense. After Chicago Cubs starter Jon Lester recorded the first two outs of the first inning on five pitches, he gave up a single, stolen base, and two walks to load the bases. A swinging bunt by Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez would open the scoring, putting the Tribe up 1-0. Brandon Guyer would be hit by a pitch to plate another run, giving the Indians a 2-0 lead in the first.

After a rocky first inning, Lester would settle down a little. He ended up tossing 5.2 innings of 3-run ball on six hits while striking out seven. The only other run Lester would allow would be a Roberto Perez solo home run in the 4th. That homer would give the Indians a 3-0 lead which would remain the score until the 8th inning. In the 8th, Perez would step to the plate with two runners on. The Indians catcher would belt a 3-run home run to left center to increase the lead to 6-0. With the two home runs, Roberto Perez became the first catcher since Yogi Berra to hit two home runs and catch a shutout in the postseason.

Indians stud bullpen arm Andrew Miller would work two shutdown innings and closer Cody Allen would put the finishing touches on a 6-0 Indians win in Game 1.

Game 2 would be the opposite of Game 1. This time, the Cubs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first after an RBI double by Anthony Rizzo. That would be all Cubs starter Jake Arrieta would need. Arrieta did not allow a base hit until the six inning. He ended up throwing 5.2 innings while giving up two hits and one earned run.

The Cubs would tack on to their lead in the third when DH Kyle Schwarber singled into center field to plate Rizzo. Chicago hitters would get to Indians starter Trevor Bauer in the fourth and knock him out of the game after 3.2 innings. Bauer allowed two earned runs on six hits while striking out two and walking two.

Chicago would add three more runs in the 5th including another RBI single by Kyle Schwarber. Schwarber ended the game 2-4 with two RBI’s, two strike outs and a walk. His stat line is incredible considering that Schwarber missed six months with an ACL injury. He had five total regular season at-bats before starting Game 1 as a DH. Doctors have cleared Schwarber to hit and run the bases but will not clear him to play the field at Wrigley.

Cleveland did scratch a run back in the sixth inning of Game 2 on an Arrieta wild pitch. That would make the score 5-1 Chicago and that would prove to be the final score as Aroldis Chapman worked 1.1 innings to ice the game for the Cubs.

With the 2016 World Series tied at one game apiece, home field advantage will shift to the Cubs. Game 3 at Wrigley Field will be Friday, October 28th on FOX. First pitch will be shortly after 8:oopm eastern. Chicago will give the ball to MLB ERA title winner Kyle Hendricks while the Indians will give the ball to Josh Tomlin.

This will be the first World Series game at Wrigley Field in over 71 years. It will be interesting to see how the Cubs fare without Kyle Schwarber in the lineup. Game 3 will be one of the most exciting World Series games in the history of baseball even without the Cubs slugger.