Chicago (2-3) at Cleveland (3-2)
When: Tuesday, November 1st 2016
Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: FOX
The Chicago Cubs managed to win their first World Series home game since 1945 on Sunday to force Game 6 against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday. Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman was brought in with a one-run lead in the 7th and managed to get an eight-out save to keep the Cubs alive for their first title in 108 years. “That was our best opportunity,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters of the decision to have Chapman work overtime. “I thought right now, based on the bullpen usage recently, he’s actually kind of fresh. He hasn’t been overused in the last part of this season nor throughout the playoffs.” The Cubs will welcome Kyle Schwarber back to the lineup as the series shifts back to Cleveland and the use of a designated hitter. Schwarber went 3-for-7 with a pair of RBIs in the first two games of the series. Indians SS Francisco Lindor is batting .421 in the World Series and hit safely in four of five games, going 0-for-3 against tonight’s starter Jake Arrieta in Game 2. Josh Tomlin will start for Cleveland on three-days rest.
Pitchers: Cubs – Jake Arrieta (1-1, 3.78 ERA) | Indians – Josh Tomlin (2-0, 1.76)
Arrieta picked up his first postseason win of 2016 in Game 2 by taking a no-hitter into the 6th inning, but walked three batters before picking up the win. This will be Arrieta’s fourth start this postseason and he has yet to throw 100 pitches in the previous three. The Cubs are 1-3 in games he has started since September 28th.
Tomlin might be going on three-days rest, but he only threw 58 pitches in Game 3 as manage Terry Francona lifted him after 4.2 innings in order to throw things over to the dominant bullpen. Cleveland went on to win that game 1-0 to take a 2-1 series lead. Tomlin has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his last eight appearances going back to the regular season and surrendered one home run in that span.
Arrieta was good in Game 2, but I still don’t like the way he’s been pitching over the last few months. The Cubs bats are still struggling as they scored all three of their runs in Game 5 in just one inning. Tomlin has been very good lately and I expect him and the bullpen to shut down the Cubs and win the World Series tonight.
Pick: Indians +140