World Series Game 1: Chicago Cubs at Cleveland Indians
Before we dive into Game 1’s matchup and betting odds, we encourage readers to check out our World Series betting preview. Game 1 kicks off tonight at 8:08 PM EST and will be televised nationally on FOX.
The odds initially opened with the Cubs at -115 and the Indians at +105. They have moved slightly for Chicago, as 70 percent of bets have come in on the Cubbies so far. Currently, the odds at BetOnline.ag are Cubs -117 and Indians +107.
The total has seen similar lopsided action. Nearly 70 percent of wagers have been on the under so far. The odds, at least so far have not moved off the opener. At BetOnline, the total still stands at 6.5 runs with the -110-standard juice on both sides.
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Lester versus Kluber
In Game 1, the Cubs will turn to the reliable southpaw in Jon Lester. Lester’s year has been fantastic, but he’s especially good so far in the postseason. He’s given up just two runs over 21 innings and notched 14 strikeouts with just two walks. He finished the regular season with a 19-5 record and a 2.44 ERA.
The Indians counter with Corey Kluber, who has emerged as one of the best right-handers in Major League Baseball over the past few years. He had some hiccups this year, but lately, he looks to be in the same form that won him the 2014 Cy Young Award. He has allowed just two runs in 18.1 innings of work in the postseason. Kluber went 18-9 with a 3.14 in the regular season.
There’s been a lot of talk of the Indians being at a disadvantage in this series because they had such an extended rest after winning their ALCS series against the Blue Jays in just five games. The theory behind that thinking is that their bats were hot, along with their pitching staff and that the layoff may cool them off.
I’m not buying into that narrative. Terry Francona continues to manage out of his mind, and the Indians also have home field advantage in the series with the American League winning the All-Star game.
The Indians have been much more successful against Lester than the Cubs have against Kluber. Kluber has been much better against left-handers in his career, which should be an advantage of the left-handed power hitting Cubbies.
Take the small discount on Cleveland at home.
Pick: Indians +107