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World Series Preview: Chicago Cubs At Cleveland Indians

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 24: Andrew Miller #24 of the Cleveland Indians throws during Media Day workouts for the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on October 24, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH – OCTOBER 24: Andrew Miller #24 of the Cleveland Indians throws during Media Day workouts for the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on October 24, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

It is a World Series that was decades in the making! A story of two teams that almost seems “to good to be true”, maybe one that would sell lots of movie tickets but after years of anticipation and hope, the Chicago Cubs have finally broken a seventy-one year drought and reached the World Series where they will face the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe have also been in a postseason angst of their own, with their last World Series Appearance being almost twenty years ago in the Fall of 1997.

After winning the National League Pennant on Saturday night, Cubs fans are starting to realize that their 108 year wait is now just four wins away. For the Indians, they are looking to bring the City of Cleveland their second Sports Title of 2016 after the Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in the NBA finals in June.

But, there can only be one winner, so here is a look as to what the World Series’ rosters will look like and what to expect as the 2016 Season comes down to this best of even series!

Where:

Games 1 and 2: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio

Games 3 and 4: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

When: 

Game 1: Tuesday, October 25 @ 8:00pm

Game 2: Wednesday, October 26 @ 8:00pm

Game 3: Friday, October 28 @ 8:00pm

Game 4: Saturday, October 29 @8:00pm

The Matchups:

Game 1: LHP Jon Lester (Cubs) vs. RHP Corey Kluber (Indians)

Game 2:RHP Jake Arrieta(Cubs)vs.RHP Trevor Bauer (Indians)

Game 3:RHP Josh Tomin(Indians)vs.LHP Kye Hendricks (Cubs)

Game 4: LHP Ryan Merritt (Indians)  RHP John Lackey (Cubs)

Game Notes:

Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs have activated heavy hitting  Kyle Schwarber from the 60-Day DL and have added him to the World Series Roster. Schwarber tore his ACL in the first week of the 2016 season and although his return has remained in question, he spent this past weekend with the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League which has led him to a spot in the World Series. It is highly speculated that Schwarber will DH in Games 1 and 2 of the series at Progressive Field.

Cleveland Indians

Two Words: The Bullpen! Cleveland’s bullpen, although solid, received even more of an upgrade at the trade deadline when they traded for LHP Andrew Miller. The thirty-one year old who was a dominant reliever with the New York Yankees became a Utility Reliever” of sorts when I became a part of the Indians. Miller has been dominant as early as the fourth inning especially this offseason and to date has not allowed a postseason run in his career; with most of his outings last longer than one inning. HE has 21 strikeouts in 11.2 innings with a save and a win. The ALCS MVP looks to be a force to be reckoned with for the Cubs who are known to stage late inning rallies on their way to victory.

Along with Miller is RHP Cody Allen who has five saves this offseason in six appearances with 12 strikeouts in 7.2 innings of work. RHP Bryan Shaw is also another strong force in the Tribe’s bullpen, he is 2-0 this postseason in seven games with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

Starting Lineups:

Chicago Cubs (As Posted at 3:00pm)

Dexter Fowler, CF

Kris Bryant, 3B

Anthony Rizzo, 1B

Ben Zobrist, LF

Kyle Schwarber, DH

Javier Baez, 2B

Chris Coghlan, RF

Addison Russell, SS

David Ross, C

Cleveland Indians (As Announced at 5:00pm)

Rajai Davis, CF

Jason Kipnis, 2B

Francisco Lindor, SS

Mike Napoli, 1B

Carlos Santana, DH

Jose Ramirez, 3B

Brandon Guyer, LF

Lonnie Chisenahll, RF

Roberto Perez, C

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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