The 2016 World Series Champions Are…

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Updated: November 2, 2016

There is something magical and poetic that happens when a World Series reaches game seven. Both the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs have worked the entire year to get to this point. Both teams are working on ending World Series droughts that are older than many of the teams in Major League Baseball right now.

The Cleveland Indians have not won the Fall Classic since Harry Truman was President in 1948, not to be outdone, The Cubs have not hoisted the World Series trophy since before my grandmother was born in 1944 (Hi Nana!). The Cubs last won in 1908. Both teams, the Cubs and Indians won their division respectively in each league en route to making it to the World Series.

The World Series this year is headlined by two of the greatest  managers of recent memory with Joe Maddon and Terry Francona. Maddon has been to one other World Series as a manager and that was in 2008 with the Rays when they faced off against the Phillies (Rays lost series in 5 games). On the other hand, Francona has been to and won two World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and 2007 against the Cardinals and Rockies respectively. Francona is famous for helping the Red Sox “Reverse The Curse” in 2004 after not having won the World Series in 86 years.

If a baseball fan had to dream up their ideal pitching match-up for game seven of the World Series, odds are that the 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner, Corey Kluber (who could quite possibly win this year also) would be pitted against the front runner for the National League Cy Young Award in Kyle Hendricks. This pitching duel will be one for the history books tonight and I believe it will come down to the bullpen.

In my opinion the Indians have a serious advantage in terms of the bullpen for game seven. They have their big three all rested and ready for tonight in Andrew Miller, Cody Allen, and Bryan Shaw. Miller has been a revelation for the Indians. Miller and the Tribes’ bullpen will be countered by Mike Montgomery, Pedro Strop and Aroldis Chapman. Chapman along with Miller is often considered one of the greatest closers in baseball.

The Cubs made a questionable move last night when they brought him in with a seven run lead. The Cubs nightmare actually came true when Chapman had a scare on a play at first and was limping around the mound. He ended up coming back out for the next inning. The Cubs also will likely have John Lackey and Jon Lester available tonight out of the pen if need be. Both have won multiple World Series in the past.

Both lineups are very strong and can definitely contend with each other. The Cubs have an incredibly powerful lineup with the likes of Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russel and Kyle Schwarber.

The Indians will counter this with a less powerful lineup but a more scrappy one. The Indians do have sluggers in their lineups like Carlos Santana and Mike Napoli and Francisco Lindor. (Napoli, Lester, and Lackey were teammates in Boston) Lindor is a likely candidate of the World Series MVP if the Tribe does win.

My Prediction:

I believe the Cleveland Indians will join the Cavaliers  as champions of their respective sport. Both starters will trade blow for blow in this game but this game is going to come down to the bullpen. The Indians have a huge advantage in the game tonight due to their three stud relievers. Chapman will no doubt come into the game tonight, but the question is how effective will he be if he comes in. H has pitched a lot of innings as a reliever in this series.

Indians will win the Fall Classic!

 

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