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After a season of ups and downs, it all comes down to Game 7 of the World Series

It all comes down to this. Game 7 of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. No matter which team wins tonight, history will be made. The Cubs have not won a World Series title in 108 years while it has been a slightly shorter 68 years for the Indians. Both of these franchises are looking to end long droughts, which could mean radical game-play in Game 7.

On the Chicago side of this matchup, we have Kyle “The Professor” Hendricks who tips the radar gun with an 89-92 MPH fastball. While Hendricks will not blow hitters away with power stuff, he will mix up his pitches well and keep opposing hitters off-balance. To many experts, Hendricks is a top candidate to win the NL Cy Young award after posting a 16-8 record with an NL best 2.13 ERA during the regular season. Hitters have not had much luck against “The Professor” so far this postseason. In 20.2 postseason innings, Hendricks has only allowed three earned runs while striking out 17 Indians. Opposing lineups are only hitting .211 off of Hendricks this postseason.

Ben Zobrist leads a Cubs offense that is hitting a combined .233 in the first six games of the World Series. In Game 6, the Cubs bats woke up and pushed across nine runs to back a strong performance by Jake Arrieta. Those nine runs accounted for more than half of the total runs scored by the Cubs offense thus far in the World Series. That is a troubling fact, but Cubs fans hope Game 7 will be all about momentum.

Corey “Klubot” Kluber will take the ball for Cleveland for the third time in seven games. Kluber started Games 1 and 4 of the series and earned the win in both. In Game 1, Kluber worked six shutout innings and only allowed four hits while striking out nine Cubs hitters in the Indians 6-0 win. Game 4 was more of the same for “Klubot” as he worked another six innings and allowed one run on five hits while striking out six.

The Indians ace has lived up to that title so far this postseason. In five appearances, Kluber has a 0.89 ERA in 30.1 innings. He is 4-1 in those games as opposing hitters are hitting at a .200 clip against him.

Francisco Lindor is hitting .364 thus far in the series and will look to add to his eight World Series hits in Game 7. Both Jason Kipnis and Roberto Perez have two home runs so far in the series. Perez’s home runs both came in Game 1 as he tallied four RBI’s in the Cleveland win.

As a team, the Indians are hitting .229 through Game 6. While that is similar to the Cubs mark, Chicago seems to have all the offensive momentum after scoring nine times in Game 6. Cleveland was held to just three runs in that game as their hitters were overpowered by Jake Arrieta and Aroldis Chapman.

This is the first time the World Series has gone to Game 7 since 2011 when the Cubs rival St. Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers.

As many baseball (and Cubs) fans know, anything that can happen will happen in the postseason. So far, luck has favored the Cubs as they have climbed out of a 3-1 hole to force a Game 7. If Chicago can pull off the comeback, not only will the curse of the billy-goat be broken but 108 years of suffering will also disappear.

For the Indians, they will try to avoid blowing a 3-1 series lead. Ironically, the Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals just months ago. The “Wahoos” will try not to let the Cubs flip the script on them in Game 7 of the World Series, but it will be difficult against “The Professor.”

Coverage of Game 7 will be on FOX with first pitch around 8:00pm eastern.