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2016: Only Here, Only in Cleveland

Chicago Holds On for Game 5 Win as Series Returns to Cleveland; Cubs 3, Indians 2

October 30, 2016 | | One Comment

With their 103-win season and 108-year championship drought at stake, the Chicago Cubs outlasted the Cleveland Indians by a 3-2 final in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night in the final game at Wrigley Field in the 2016 season.

The Cubs, who have made fans wait a long time for a return to glory, waited until the third and final game in Chicago to get their first World Series win secured at Wrigley Field since 1945. They avoided a home field sweep by the Indians, who had their sights set on clinching the championship on the road in dramatic fashion. The win keeps the hopes alive for the Chicago media darlings, who now trail the best-of-seven series, 3-2. The Fall Classic now returns to Cleveland for the remaining games, as necessary.

The Indians pitching staff contained the Cubs lineup once again, limiting the power-packed bunch to just three runs on the night. The bigger story line for Cleveland, however, was the team’s inability to deliver in the clutch as they missed countless opportunities throughout the contest, all of which loomed large in the one-run defeat for the Tribe. Read More

Opportunity Knocks as Bauer and Lester Battle in Pivotal Game 5

October 30, 2016 |

For the second time in four months, the city of Cleveland stands on the doorstep of history.

Opportunity is knocking loudly, and the Indians are poised to answer the call.

Game 5 of the 2016 World Series is set to take place Sunday night shortly after 8:00 PM ET from Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The beloved classic baseball home of the Cubs has become a home away from home for the Indians through two road games in the best-of-seven series, as the underdog Clevelanders invaded Chicago and have taken two from the friendly confines of the Cubs.

Now, the Indians will look to do something that they have done just twice in their history – win the final game played of the Major League Baseball season and come home to a celebration unlike anything seen in Cleveland…in four months. The Cubs will be fighting for their lives, backs against the wall, nothing left to lose but their closest opportunity in 71 years to end the suffering and a World Series drought 108 years in length. Read More

Ramirez Unlikely Team MVP of 2016 Cleveland Indians

October 30, 2016 |

The Cleveland Indians’ team approach and mentality has gotten the club to the World Series for the first time in 19 years. That win-as-a-team mentality is costly when it comes to arguably the most prestigious individual honor a player can win – the American League Most Valuable Player Award.

The Tribe will likely have top three finalists or winners of the other three major pieces of hardware that get handed out at the start of the offseason, honoring a player’s or coach’s regular season work. Terry Francona is a good bet to win the A.L. Manager of the Year, Tribe ace Corey Kluber has a decent shot at his second league Cy Young Award and outfielder Tyler Naquin is a likely top three contender for Rookie of the Year honors.

However, when it comes to A.L. MVP recognition, Cleveland does not seem to have a big enough dog in the race. The MVP winner usually comes from a playoff team and leads his league or is near the top of a couple of the major offensive categories. Another big thing MVP voters like to see is a player that carried a large burden and put his team on his back for much of the season in getting to the playoffs. Read More

Cleveland Just One More Win Away From History; Indians 7, Cubs 2

October 29, 2016 |

The Chicago Cubs had no answer for Corey Kluber on extended rest in Game 1 of the World Series. The Cubs had no answer for Kluber on short rest in Game 4 either, as the Cleveland Indians came back from an early deficit to defeat the Cubs for the second straight night at Wrigley Field, 7-2, to put the Tribe just one win from a World Series championship with three possible games left to play.

The storybook season for the city of Cleveland continued on Saturday night as the underdog Indians went into the Cubs legendary home and drove a dagger into the hearts of Chicago fans hoping to end their 108-year title drought. The Indians had one thing on their minds – ending their own 68-year streak without a championship – and have just one win standing in their way. Read More

Cleveland Deals its Ace on Short Rest as Kluber Takes on Chicago’s Lackey

October 29, 2016 |

Just two more wins.

Say it again. The more you say it, the more you can believe it. The Cleveland Indians are just two more wins away from winning the World Series.

Cleveland has become the center of the sports universe in 2016, first raining destruction on a 52-year championship drought when the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals in June. Now, the Indians are looking to end a four-month title hangover and their own 68-year drought by supplying the city of Cleveland and its fans with another championship parade.

In Friday’s 1-0 Game 3 victory that gave Cleveland a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series over Chicago, the Indians used some clutch hitting and some dynamite pitching from all four men to step on the mound against the Cubs to quiet a Wrigley Field crowd hosting its first game in 71 years. But the offense had its struggles, leaving base runners all over the place through the first five innings. The team needs to play more consistent and complete games if it wants to leave the Windy City up in the series or even with the Commissioner’s trophy. Read More

Cleveland Wins an Instant Classic Behind a Five-Hit Shutout; Indians 1, Cubs 0

October 28, 2016 |

The Chicago Cubs have waited 71 years to host a World Series game. Their fans will have to wait at least one more day to get their first home win since Game 6 of the 1945 World Series as the Cleveland Indians blanked the Cubs, 1-0, in an instant playoff classic from Wrigley Field on Friday night.

For six innings, the score was deadlocked at zero as both starters, Josh Tomlin and Kyle Hendricks, kept the opposition off of the scoreboard while exiting before completing the fifth inning. Bullpens took over and continued to put goose eggs on the board until the seventh, when the Indians put together the rally that they needed. After grabbing a one-run lead, the bullpen tandem of Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen took over for Andrew Miller and walked a tight rope, but pulled out the victory. Read More

Tomlin Takes on Host Hendricks in World Series Game 3

October 28, 2016 |

After dropping Game 2 of the World Series in a 5-1 defeat, home field advantage has now escaped the possession of the Cleveland Indians. With the series relocated to Chicago’s Wrigley Field, the Cubs have three home contests left and the Indians have two, with the first team to win three of the next five games crowned the champions of the baseball world.

After giving Corey Kluber sufficient run support in a 6-0 Game 1 win over the Cubs, the offense went cold in Wednesday’s second game of the series against right-hander Jake Arrieta, who flirted with a no-hitter until the middle innings. Cleveland’s lone run scored after its first hit, a double by Jason Kipnis, and a wild pitch later in the inning. Seven Indians pitchers (including starter Trevor Bauer) combined to allow five runs on nine hits with eight walks, and two errors from the defense aided the Cubs cause.

The Indians cannot afford mistakes against a strong offensive club like that of the Cubs and in Game 2, it cost them. They will have to be much more refined if they want to tilt the series back in their favor and force a return to Cleveland’s Progressive Field for at least one more game. Read More

Cleveland Bats Go Ice Cold Against Arrieta on Cool Game 2 Night; Cubs 5, Indians 1

October 26, 2016 |

Chicago starter Jake Arrieta froze the Cleveland bats, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and his offense jumped on Trevor Bauer and the Indians bullpen to even up the World Series at one win a piece in a 5-1 Cubs win on Wednesday night.

With rain in the forecast throughout the day in Cleveland and a cool fall feel in the air, the Cubs and Indians played Game 2 from Progressive Field as the Chicago bats woke up while those of their opponents slumbered.

All eyes were on Bauer in the first, waiting for the stitched together right pinkie finger of the young right-handed starter to hemorrhage blood as it had done in the second game of the American League Championship Series against Toronto. The finger held together just fine, but Bauer’s command was not nearly as crisp as the air and Chicago touched him up for a run in their first at bats of the night. Read More

Tribe and Bauer Back to Defend the Land Against Cubs and Arrieta

October 26, 2016 |

Dreams became reality on Tuesday night as the city of Cleveland hosted one ring ceremony and raised a championship banner while playing for another title next door.

A strong start from Corey Kluber set the tone in Game 1. He worked into the seventh inning, giving up four hits while striking out nine in a performance rivaled by only Bob Gibson and Allie Reynolds before him. Despite the high strikeout rate, Kluber was economical with his pitches overall, needing just 88 to get through the six-plus innings while conserving his arm some in the event that manager Terry Francona would turn to Kluber in a Game 4 situation on short rest as opposed to working him on normal rest in the Wrigley finale on Sunday.

The Indians now lead a World Series for the first time since winning Game 7 of the 1948 season, a memorable year for Tribe fans who can recall that season and hold it high as one of two years in franchise history that the team claimed the championship of the world. A win by the Indians would give them a two-game advantage or better in the World Series for just the fifth time in franchise history (Games 6 and 7, 1920; Games 4 and 6, 1948). Read More

To Sammy on her Fifth Birthday

October 26, 2016 | | One Comment

It’s become an annual tradition that I write a note to my daughter on her birthday. This year, I told her about the adventures of being a Cleveland sports fan. Here’s the text of it:

The Browns won the weekend you were born, making it an even more momentous occasion. A Browns victory doesn’t happen often.

Last night, your mother reminisced that five years ago at that very moment, they were trying to induce labor on her. I thought about it for a minute, and realized that I was doing the same thing then that I was doing five years ago at that very moment: watching baseball while your mother drifted in and out of consciousness. Read More

Kluber and Company, Backed by Two Perez Blasts, Blank Cubs; Indians 6, Cubs 0

October 25, 2016 |

You can pinch yourself all you want, Cleveland fans. You’re living the dream.

The Cleveland Indians, backed by six-plus strong innings from Corey Kluber, gutsy relief work from Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, and two big blasts from Roberto Perez, blanked the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night, 6-0.

For fans in downtown Cleveland, it was a tale of fiction come to life as the Indians opened the World Series while the little brother Cleveland Cavaliers celebrated their 2015-2016 NBA title next door with a ring ceremony and the raising of the championship banner at Quicken Loans Arena. While the Cavs honored the end of Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought, the Indians worked to end the four-month drought plaguing the city for the grueling summer months as the cool air of October settled over the northeast Ohio region. Read More

Plenty of Storylines and Subplots in this Year’s World Series

October 25, 2016 | | One Comment

A World Series is all the more memorable when there are other storylines working in the background to make the games even more compelling. The pairing of the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians is almost story book in its effectiveness to write all sorts of entertaining subplots to the games themselves.

Here’s just a little look at what else is at stake in the series. Read More