World Series Game 7: Chicago Cubs at Cleveland Indians – Preview and Prediction
It will take seven games to decide the winner of the Fall Classic this season after the Cubs defeated the Indians 9-3 in Cleveland last night. The series is now tied at 3-3, with Chicago storming back from a 3-1 deficit to force a final game tonight at Progressive Field.
The odds originally opened at Cubs (-112) and Indians (+102). Chicago is garnering about 60 percent of wagers, which have seen the odds shift to Cubs (-116) and Indians (+106) at BetOnline.ag.
The total opened at 7 runs, but is now at 7 or 6.5 runs at most sportsbooks. BetOnline has the total at Over 7 (+120) and Under 7 (-140). The move coincides with heavy betting action on the under. Almost 75 percent of wagers have come in on the Under 7 runs.
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Kendricks versus Kluber
Righthander Kyle Hendricks will take the mound for Chicago in Game 7. The Chicago Tribune has reported that starters Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester will also be available out of the bullpen.
Hendricks is a Cy Young Award candidate this year after a spectacular regular season. He has been fantastic in the postseason as well, with a 1-1 record so far and a 1.31 ERA in 20.2 innings. Hendricks has tallied 17 strikeouts and walked just six batters in the playoffs.
For the Indians, no one has been more reliable than Corey Kluber in the past few years. The righty won the Cy Young in 2014 and has put together a fantastic regular season this year, throwing 215 innings and finishing the season with a 3.14 ERA.
Kluber has been downright dominant in the postseason. He’s gone 4-1 for Cleveland and has just a 0.89 ERA in 30.1 innings. He’s also struck out 35 batters while issuing free passes to just eight.
The other good news for the Indians is that their strong bullpen is well rested. Andrew Miller has not pitched an inning since Saturday. Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw have also seen no action since Sunday.
The Cubs run the last two games has been spurred by their offense. The pitching has been good, but not nearly as dominant as it has been in the past. I don’t want to look at Kendricks’ talent and dismiss his accomplishments, after all, he may win the Cy Young this year, but his stuff is still below what I would call an ace level.
Then, there’s Kluber, who has been as lights out as any pitcher in baseball in the postseason. He’s also had plenty of success against the current roster. Only Anthony Rizzo has hit him well over a large sample size. Kluber has also been excellent against lefties throughout his career.
He should have success against this Cubs offense, even if they seem to be on a bit of a hot streak. Cleveland’s bullpen, now fresh, should be able to shut the door on the Cubs if Kluber can get them through 6 or 7 innings with a lead.
Pick: Indians +106