FOX will telecast. Joe Buck, Smoltzie in the booth. Tom Verducci, Ken Rosenthal reporting from the field.
First game, tonight, 7:08 PM CT/8:08 PM ET first pitch.
In Cleveland at Progressive Field. Seats 35, 255, but should be a standing room only tonight with 40,000+ there. First two games in Cleveland, next three in Chicago, and final two, if necessary, back in Cleveland.
The droughts: Cleveland hasn't won the World Series since 1948, 68 years. The Cubs haven't won a World Series in 108 years, 1908.
Starting pitchers tonight: Jon Lester (Cubs) vs. Cory Kluber
Game 2 starters, tomorrow night: Jake Arrieta (Cubs) vs. Trevor Bauer
Game 3, Friday, 7:07 PM CT/8:07 PM ET: Josh Tomlin (Indians) vs. Kyle Hendricks
Game 4 Saturday, 7:07 PM CT/8:07 PM ET, Cleveland, undecided vs. John Lackey
Game 5 Sunday, 7:15 PM CT/8:15 PM ET: pitchers undecided
Game 6 Tuesday, Nov.1, 7:07 PM CT, pitchers To be determined
Game 7, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7:07 PM CT, pitchers TBD
The Cubs have the edge in hitting and probably starting pitching though I like Cleveland's starters as well. Andrew Miller is the key guy to me for the Indians out of the pen. In the postseason, Miller has thrown 11 2/3 innings in middle relief and allowed no runs with 21 K's. You add stellar closer Cody Allen, who has thrown 7 2/3 innings of scoreless ball with 12 strikeouts and that's quite a potent combination that can win you a championship. They'll need some help of course from the starters and the rest of the bullpen, but these two can carry their team. Cleveland is a base stealing team, too. I like that. The long ball will be big, too, and the Cubs can really do that. But I give the edge to Cleveland in the bullpen, the starters to the Cubs. defense and hitting are pretty much a wash. But since the wild card era commenced in 1994, the team with the home field advantage has won the World Series 71% of the time. I like those numbers. The Indians got the home field by virtue of the American League winning the All-Star game 4-2 over the National League. I believe in that league that wins the All-Star game and has home field advantage. I also love what Miller can do and Allen on the backend. The Royals won the world series last year with speed, timely hitting and a superb bullpen. I like the Indians to do the same in 2016.