The 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians is set to begin on Tuesday night. The Cubs are trying to end their 108-year World Series drought, while the Indians have not won it all since 1948.
The Cubs finished with the best record in baseball at 103-58-1 and entered these playoffs as the odds-on favorite to win the World Series. Their reward? A matchup against the Giants in the National League Division Series and a matchup against the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.
The Indians, meanwhile, were able to cruise through their first two matchups against Boston and Toronto in the American League Division Series and American League Championship Series. They are looking to finish off what has been an improbable run for them.
Chicago and Cleveland last met in a World Series back in 1945, when the Cubs swept their AL counterparts.
The 2016 World Series is upon us. The Cleveland Indians have never won a World Series since winning their last championship in 1948. The Chicago Cubs have not won a World Series in 108 years, having last won in 1908.
The 108-years-since-last-winning drought is the longest active drought among all major North American professional sports teams, and the second-longest championship drought overall after Major League Soccer’s D.C. United, who have not won a championship since 2004. These two droughts are now set to face each other in the 2016 World Series.
So which team will win the 2016 World Series? I can’t be sure, of course. But I can give you an educated guess: The Cubs will win.
The Chicago Cubs are the favorites to win the 2016 World Series, according to the latest futures odds for sports bettors.
The Cubs (12-6) have won three straight games and six of their last seven. They lead the NL Central by two games over the St. Louis Cardinals (11-7).
Chicago is +300 to win the World Series, followed by two AL teams – the Boston Red Sox (+800) and Texas Rangers (+850).
The Los Angeles Dodgers are also getting +900 odds at some sportsbooks, while Kansas City – last year’s World Series champions – are +1100.
The Toronto Blue Jays represent Canada’s best chance to win it all again since back-to-back titles in 1992 and ’93. The Jays are +1400 at BetOnline.
As the World Series get underway, I would like to make my predictions on how things will go. The Cubs will win in 7 games, with a final score of 9-6. The Indians will be strong, but their pitching is too weak to hold off the hard-hitting Cubs.
The series will open at Progressive Field in Cleveland and head back to Wrigley Field in Chicago for games 3-5. Game 6 will be back in Cleveland and game 7 will be back in Wrigley Field.
The starting pitchers for game one are Corey Kluber and Jon Lester. They are both so-so pitchers, but who knows what may happen when they’re under this much pressure?
My money is on the Cubs all the way. Go Cubbies!!
The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians will meet in the 2016 World Series. The Indians are in the Fall Classic for the first time since 1997. The Cubs are making their first appearance since 1945, when they lost to Detroit. The Cubs haven’t won the World Series since 1908!
The Cubs swept the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series, then beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 at Wrigley Field on Thursday night to clinch their spot in the World Series.
The Indians swept Boston in the American League Division Series, then took down Toronto 3-0 on Monday night at Rogers Centre to advance to the Fall Classic for just the sixth time as a franchise.
Indians manager Terry Francona has won two previous World Series with Boston (2004, 2007). His counterpart, Joe Maddon, previously managed Tampa Bay to a World Series appearance (2008) but never won it all.
The 2016 World Series is set to begin Tuesday night, with the Chicago Cubs playing host to the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs and Indians will play at least four, and potentially five or six games, for the right to hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy.
The Cubs are seeking their first World Series championship in 108 years. The Indians haven’t won a title since 1948.
This year’s matchup has all the makings of an instant classic: two long-suffering franchises playing for a championship, a pair of exciting teams that aren’t afraid to run the bases and a couple of young managers making their first appearance in the Fall Classic.
History aside, this year’s matchup is also intriguing because both teams are so similar in so many ways. Both have dynamic young shortstops and terrific starting pitching. Both have solid lineups with several left-handed hitters and outstanding bullpens. And both have experience playing in big games this postseason—the Cubs eliminated the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, while the Indians dispatched the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays. But there is one difference: Cleveland relies on its bullpen much more than Chicago does.
Chicago Cubs fans are still waiting to see the loveable losers win a World Series.
Cubs fans were robbed in 2003 when Steve Bartman got in the way of Moises Alou’s attempt to catch a home run, and they’ll be robbed again in 2016.
The 2016 World Series will be a rematch of 1986, but with a twist. The Red Sox will have their revenge on the New York Mets with a seven-game classic, highlighted by David Ortiz’s iconic home run off Jeurys Familia in the ninth inning of Game 7.
After the game, Ortiz will announce his retirement from baseball and walk off into the sunset.