Lester and Kluber Toe it up in Game 1 on FOX
The Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians will battle on Tuesday when they meet at Progressive Field. This is the Chicago Cubs first world series since 1945, and haven’t won one since 1908. Cleveland has not won a world series since 1948. Ticets are being sold on the street for between $5K-$7K dollars and it should be a total madhouse. One of these teams is going to make history in the next week to 10 days.
The Cubs will give the ball to starter Jon Lester in this one. Left hander Lester is 21-5 this season with a 2.29 ERA. Lester is 2-0 with three quality starts, an 0.86 ERA and an 0.76 WHIP in 21 innings in the playoffs this year. He threw eight shutout innings in a 1-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants in the first game of the National League Division Series, gave up one run in six innings of a no-decision in the 8-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first game of the NL Championship Series and gave up one run in seven innings in an 8-4 victory in Game 5 of the NLCS.
It’ll be Corey Kluber toeing the rubber for the Indians in this contest. Right hander Kluber is 20-10 with a 3.12 ERA so far this season.
Kluber’s postseason ERA, 0.98, trails only Lester among pitchers who have made more than one playoff start this month. He won both of his previous Game 1 starts, throwing seven shutout innings in a 6-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series and 6 1/3 shutout innings in a 2-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in the first game of the AL Championship Series. In Game 5 of the ALCS, he lost after allowing two runs in five innings.
Oddsmakers currently have the Cubs listed as 112-moneyline favorites versus the Indians, while the game’s total is sitting at 6½.
In their last action, Cleveland was a 3-0 winner on the road against the Toronto Blue Jays. Bettors on Cleveland at 155 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.
Last time out for Chicago, they were a 5-0 winner as they battled the Los Angeles Dodgers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cubs at 116 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
Stats and Matchups
Team record: 110-61 SU
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Chicago Cubs is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Chi Cubs is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The Cubs are 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Team record: 101-68 SU
Cleveland is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Cleveland is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland’s last 5 games
Chicago at Cleveland Wednesday, October 26
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