The Cubs vs. Indians 2016 World Series Game 6 is going to be one for the ages. Everyone knows the history and what is on the line this evening at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.
On one side, you have the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe are one game away from their first world championship since 1948 when players like Bob Feller and Bob Lemon ruled the pitcher’s mound. These guys would be proud to see how well the 2016 Indians’ pitchers have performed so far in this year’s World Series.
On the heels of the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA championship, Indians fans are ready to celebrate another title for the city’s sports teams this evening.
On the other side are the Chicago Cubs.
Everyone knows the story. The lovable losers of the “northside” of the city of Chicago have not tasted a title since 1908, and they are playing in their first World Series since 1945. Trailing in the series 3-1, the Cubbies fought off elimination Sunday with a 3-2 win at Wrigley. Now, all they have to do is win two consecutive games on the road against one of the best home teams in all of baseball.
Cleveland finished the 2016 regular season tied with the Texas Rangers with a 53-28 record at home. Now, just because the Tribe led this series 3-1, don’t think that this series is over. In fact, if the Cubs do come back and win this series, the irony would be a bit spooky for Cleveland sports fans.
Back in June, LeBron James and the Cavaliers trailed the Golden State Warriors 3-1 and were supposedly finished until Cleveland shocked the world to win three straight games and the NBA title.
Could the Cubs pull off the same feat against the Indians? No team has come back from a 3-1 deficit in the World Series since the 1985 Kansas City Royals pulled off the feat against the St. Louis Cardinals.
WGN reports that Chicago will have their ace on the mound tonight in Jake Arrieta, while the Indians counter with a surprise ace of their own in Josh Tomlin. In their last three starts in the 2016 postseason, Arrieta has been good, while Tomlin has been great. Arrieta seems calm and confident about taking the mound in a must-win Game 6 for the Cubs, as well he should be with his success over the past two seasons.
“It’s just like any other game where you feel comfortable with the game plan,” Arrieta said of this start. “You go out there to do your best to follow through on the execution. That’s really the only thing I’ll be thinking about.”
In Cleveland, Corey Kluber is known as the number one guy on the pitching staff, but Josh Tomlin has been lights out this postseason as well. Tomlin is 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA in his last three starts. He also has an incredible 0.86 WHIP over that period. Indians fans hope Tomlin has one more great game in him as the Tribe go for the series-clinching victory this evening.
Is tonight the night Cleveland fans get to celebrate a second sports title in the same year, or will the Cubs force a winner take all Game 7 tomorrow?
Las Vegas odds makers have Chicago listed as the favorite for tonight’s matchup at -135. The over/under run total has been set at seven.
Tonight’s Cubs vs. Indians World Series Game 6 will get underway just after 8 p.m. ET and will air live on FOX. Fans could also watch the action streaming live on their PC, cell phones, tablets or other devices through the FOX Sports Go app and MLB.TV.
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