Game: Major League Baseball World Series: Cleveland at Chicago Free Preview, Analysis, Stats, Betting Trends, Indians vs Cubs Picks and Indians vs Cubs Predictions
Date: Sunday, October 30, 2016
Start time: 8:00 PM ET
TV Channel: FOX
Best Chicago Cubs Lines: (-225) Moneyline – TOPBET
Over/Under Total Runs: 7 – REALBET
Jon Lester will start his 19th playoff game as he is one of the most experienced pitchers in both teams, only behind his teammate John Lackey who has 23.
Lester had a fine postseason except for game 1 of these series when Indians’ hitters ran him ragged. Indians’ hitters have seen him so many times throughout their careers and they have the advantage at their disposal. That’s why I expect the Tribe to capitalize when they have the chance against Lester.
Trevor Bauer is 12-8 for the season and he has been very ineffective in his three postseason starts.
The Indians recorded two wins in his starts but they had to count on their bullpen to do the job as Bauer allowed five runs in 9 innings. The Cubs’ only win so far in the series came against Bauer in a game that their hitters made two runs against him. They are also more familiar with his throws after they saw him just 3 days ago. I predict that both pitchers will struggle early in the game and their offenses will find their rhythm.