Cubs need road win in Game 6 to stay alive
The Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs face each other again tonight in Game 6 of the World Series – and the Cubs need a win to stay alive.
The numbers are against this historic Cubs team. Throughout MLB history, 44 teams in best-of-seven postseason series have gone down 3-1 with the last two games on the road. Of those 44, only six won the series – 13.6 percent. However, compared to those six teams, the Cubs are the best in terms of winning percentage and runs-based winning percentage. They’re also almost at full strength, facing an Indians dugout that’s been compromised by injuries.
Now the Cubs are down 3-2. Throughout history, teams down 3-2 in a postseason series and playing the last two games on the road have pulled off the series victory 21.3 percent of the time. Those still aren’t great odds, but they’re better. Now we just have to see if history will repeat itself and the Indians will triumph.
The Cubs’ Jake Arrieta will face the Indians’ Josh Tomlin tonight. In Game 2, Arrieta pitched 5 2/3 innings, not giving up a hit until the sixth inning. But he’s been a little more vulnerable this season than last, so it’s tough to know where he’ll be tonight.
Tomlin has a 1.76 earned-run average in the postseason and finished Game 3 with 4 2/3 scoreless innings. Also of note: The Indians have won all three postseason games in which Tomlin started. “The body’s feeling good,” he said. “Everything’s feeling the same as it did last start, so hopefully that bodes well for me.”
Spotlight on Schwarber
The Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber hasn’t been cleared to play in the outfield, but he’s back in the lineup tonight as the designated hitter. He’s slugged .578 against right-handed pitchers in his career.
Schwarber’s “superhuman” power has the potential to change the game with one hit. It’ll be up to the Indians to figure out how to stop this powerhouse.
The Cubs and Indians face off tonight at 7 p.m. at Progressive Field in Cleveland for Game 6. You can watch it on Fox or stream it on Fox Sports Go. For the Cubs, it’s all down to tonight.
“We’ve got to win,” outfielder Jason Heyward said. “We’ve got to win to keep playing. We want to be the team on the field that wins the last game. We’re happy with anybody that we’ve got going. We’re confident in everybody. Guys are going to be ready to do whatever it takes.”