Here’s what you should know for Game 7 of the World Series
This is truly a historic World Series. Against all odds, the Chicago Cubs won Game 6 last night in Cleveland to push the series to a winner-take-all Game 7. The Cleveland Indians may have the home-field advantage, but that’s proving to not necessarily be much of an advantage in this series.
It all comes down to tonight. Will the Indians, who have waited since 1948, finally win the World Series? Or will the Cubs, who have waited 40 years longer than that, take the title?
First, a little background. This is only the 38th Game 7 in World Series history. Road and home teams are pretty evenly matched; the home team has won 19, and the road team has won 18. While the home team has won nine of the past 10, the road team won the most recent, in the 2014 World Series.
Four of the past six Game 7’s were one-run games, and all six were low-scoring, with an average of 4.8 runs per game.
Both the Cubs and the Indians have only been in one winner-take-all World Series game each – the Cubs lost theirs in 1945, and the Indians lost in 1997.
Basically what these numbers are telling us is that there’s no telling which way tonight’s game will go. It’s been a historic series, and Game 7 will be the cherry on top, no matter who wins.
Tonight we’ll see the Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks pitch against the Indians’ Corey Kluber, both Cy Young-caliber pitchers.
Hendricks starts tonight off a 15-inning scoreless streak, which matches the longest by a pitcher entering a winner-take-all World Series game. If the Indians win, Kluber would be the first pitcher since 1968 to win three starts in a World Series, including a winner-take-all.
Game 6 standout
Let’s talk about Addison Russell. The Chicago Cubs shortstop was basically the key to his team’s victory in Game 6. He tied a Fall Classic record with six RBIs, including the first grand slam by a shortstop.
“It’s unbelievable,” teammate Ben Zobrist said. “It seems like he’s licking his chops when he gets the opportunity. His confidence goes up, and he knows he’s going to get a pitch to hit.”
Whether you’re a Cubs fan or an Indians fan – or neither – tonight’s game promises to be one for the books. “If you’re a fan of baseball, this is the best outcome that you could possibly hope for in a World Series anyone’s been alive for,” said the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo. “History’s gonna be written [tonight] one way or another, and we’ll be a part of it forever.”