The 2016 World Series schedule has been released by Major League Baseball. The first two games of the World Series will be hosted by the Cleveland Indians, followed by three games at the home park of the National League champion. A report from MLB.com outlines how the World Series schedule would look, with Game 1 coming on opening night for the NBA. The American League champion gets to host the first two and the last two games of the World Series schedule after winning the 2016 All-Star Game.
To get to the World Series, the Indians had to first beat the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS. The Indians only needed three games to advance to the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Indians then won the first three games of the ALCS, giving the team two chances to clinch the AL pennant on the road. In Game 5, the Indians beat the Blue Jays 3-0, clinching the title and punching the first ticket to the 2016 World Series. Finishing the ALCS quickly has afforded the Indians a few extra days of rest.
Currently, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs are still playing out the 2016 National League Championship Series. The Cubs lead 3-2 in the series, with Game 6 set to take place on Saturday (Oct. 22) in Chicago. Clayton Kershaw is on the mound to try to prolong the series, with the Cubs trying to get back to the World Series for the first time in years. If Game 7 is necessary, it will take place on Sunday (Oct. 23), with the winner advancing to play in Game 1 of the 2016 World Series on October 25.
During the 2016 MLB regular season, the Cleveland Indians won the American League Central, finishing with a 94-67 record in the standings. That was good for the second-best record in the league, just slightly behind the 95-67 mark of the Texas Rangers. This put the Indians up against the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the AL Playoffs, with the winner advancing to the ALCS. The Indians quickly dispatched of the Red Sox to give the team a great shot at returning to the World Series.
Andrew Miller has been called the hero for the Indians during the playoffs, pitching in six of the eight postseason games for the team (to this point). Miller pitched four scoreless innings in the ALDS and followed that up with 7 2/3 innings of scoreless work in the ALCS. Miller has combined stats of a 0.00 ERA, a 0.60 WHIP, and 21 strikeouts over his 11 2/3 innings of work. His efforts in the ALCS netted Miller an MVP Award and now he has received a lot of rest before Game 1 of the World Series gets started.
In the National League Playoffs, the Chicago Cubs received the No. 1 seed after posting the best record in Major League Baseball. The Cubs played the wild-card San Francisco Giants in the NLDS, beating them to advance to the NLCS for the first time since 2003. The L.A. Dodgers had to take on the Washington Nationals on the other side of the bracket, with the NL West champions easily advancing to play the Cubs. Now the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers are finishing up the NLCS for a chance to take on the Cleveland Indians in a best-of-7 series.
2016 World Series Schedule
Game 1: Tuesday, October 25 – Chicago Cubs/LA Dodgers @ Cleveland Indians (8:07 p.m. ET)
Game 2: Wednesday, October 26 – Chicago Cubs/LA Dodgers @ Cleveland Indians (8:07 p.m. ET)
Game 3: Friday, October 28 – Cleveland Indians @ Chicago Cubs/LA Dodgers (TBD)
Game 4: Saturday, October 29 – Cleveland Indians @ Chicago Cubs/LA Dodgers (TBD)
Game 5: Sunday, October 30 – Cleveland Indians @ Chicago Cubs/LA Dodgers (TBD)
Game 6: Tuesday, November 1 – Chicago Cubs/LA Dodgers @ Cleveland Indians (8:07 p.m. ET)
Game 7: Wednesday, November 2 – Chicago Cubs/LA Dodgers @ Cleveland Indians (8:07 p.m. ET)
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