Cleveland (2-1) at Chicago Cubs (1-2)
When: Saturday, October 29th 2016
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: FOX
The Cleveland Indians dominant pitching continued last night with a 1-0 shutout victory of the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 of the World Series and will now bring ace Corey Kluber to the mound in Game 4. Coco Crisp’s RBI single was all the Indians needed to take a 2-1 series lead in the first WS contest played at Wrigley Field since 1945. Cleveland has now recorded five shutouts in 11 postseason games and the Cubs were shutout for the fourth time in the 2016 playoffs. The top three hitters in the Cubs lineup continue to struggle – Dexter Fowler (.154), Kris Bryant (.091) and Anthony Rizzo (.182). Chicago 2B Javier Baez is 2-for-13 with five strikeouts in the series after batting .342 with a homer and seven RBIs during the NLDS and NLCS. Cleveland SS Jose Lindor and 3B Jose Ramirez are each 5-for-11 in the World Series. Kluber will go up against World Series veteran John Lackey.
Pitchers: Indians – Corey Kluber (3-1, 0.74 ERA) | Cubs – John Lackey (0-0, 5.63)
Kluber is 3-1 with a 0.74 ERA in four starts this October and has struck out 29 batters in 24.1 innings. Kluber dominated the Cubs in Game 1 by striking out nine and allowing four hits over six-plus innings while picking up the victory. He started the game by striking out eight in the first three innings and will be working on short rest. He only threw 88 pitches in Tuesday’s game.
Lackey has made only two starts this postseason with his most recent one on October 19th against the Dodgers. He lasted only four innings in each game and has allowed 10 hits, five runs, and five walks in those eight innings. He will be making his fifth career World Series start.
Kluber has been amazing this postseason and don’t forget, he’s a former Cy Young winner. Lackey hasn’t looked very good in his two starts and his long layoffs between starts probably doesn’t help. Both teams are struggling to score runs, but I think Cleveland gets enough tonight against Lackey to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
Pick: Indians +115