Cleveland’s offense explosion for 10 strikes, including big home runs from Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana.
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1. On the verge of history
A win on Sunday would give the Indians their first World Series claim since 1948, which is the second-longest championship shortage in baseball. Cleveland’s last opportunity to secure a World Series in 1997 against the Florida Marlins lasted four hours and ended with a Marlins’ walk-off.
2. The Cubs’ second shot at Bauer
Chicago’s bats have gone ice-cold. They haven’t tallied more than two moves since Game 2, when starting pitching Trevor Bauer took the mound for Cleveland.
Bauer is scheduled to pitch on Sunday.
The Indians’ strategy this postseason has been simple get an early leading and use prevailing pitching to keep it.
Bauer surrendered two moves in the first 3 innings of Game 2. He’ll need to do better than that if Cleveland’s game plan is going to work on Sunday.
3. Kipnis in good corporation
Jason Kipnis smacked a three-run home run in the seventh inning of Game 4. The last-place musician to hit a three-run home run against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in the World Series?
Hall of Famer Babe Ruth.
3-run HR in World Series play vs Cubs at Wrigley Field
Jason Kipnis, 2016 @Indians
Babe Ruth, 1932 Yankees
Jimmie Foxx, 1929 Athletics
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4. Chicago hanging on
It’s been 71 times since the Cubs have faced abolition in a World Series. In Game 6 of the 1945 World Series, Chicago rallied for an 8-7 succes over the Detroit Tigers in 12 innings at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs are still chasing their first championship since 1908, a long time shortage in North American professional sports.
Their 3-1 sequence deficit is an uphill battle, but one Cubs ace Jon Lester is familiar with.
In the 2007 American League Championship Series, Lester and the Boston Red Sox went down three games to one against guess who? the Indians.
The Red Sox rallied and eventually won their second World Series claim in four years.
Lester takes the hill on Sunday for the Cubs.