Indians lead series 1-0
The Cleveland Indians overpowered Chicago’s bats in the opener of the World Series and hope to do so again as they seek a 2-0 series lead when they host the Cubs on Wednesday. Light-hitting catcher Roberto Perez belted two homers while the trio of starter Corey Kluber (nine in six-plus innings), Andrew Miller (three) and Cody Allen (three) combined for 15 strikeouts in Cleveland’s 6-0 victory in Game 1.
Perez became only the fifth catcher in World Series history to hit two homers in a single game, joining Hall-of-Famers Yogi Berra (1956), Johnny Bench (1976) and Gary Carter (1986), as well as Gene Tenace (1972). “I was controlling my emotions, I think that was a big part of it,” Perez told reporters. “It has been an unbelievable night. I can’t describe the words right now.” Chicago will look to even the series with Jake Arrieta on the mound and also will need some of its other key offensive players to join Ben Zobrist (3-for-4) in swinging the bat well. “I was not disappointed,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said in his postgame press conference. “I know we had 15 punch-outs, I get it, but the quality of the at-bats were not that bad.”
TV: 7:08 p.m. ET, FOX
WEATHER REPORT: Rain is in the forecast for later this evening in Cleveland – so much so that the league decided to move the start time for this game up an hour to 7:08 ET in order to attempt to get the game in before the wet stuff hits. Temperatures will be in the low-40’s with a 10 mph wind blowing from right to left. Sounds like a horrible night for baseball.
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PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs RH Jake Arrieta (0-1, 4.91 ERA) vs. Indians RH Trevor Bauer (0-0, 5.06)
Arrieta has given up four runs in three of his five career postseason starts, but he believes he’s getting more comfortable with the higher-pressure stage. “I think what you really learn with the more experience you get in the postseason is the finer details, controlling the running game, not allowing mental mistakes and not allowing your opponent to capitalize on your mental mistakes,” Arrieta said during a press conference. “Because, obviously, at this point in the season, the team that makes the fewest mistakes typically wins the ballgames.” Arrieta started one game at Progressive Field as a member of the Baltimore Orioles and picked up the win despite allowing six runs – five earned – and six hits in six innings of a 14-8 victory on Aug. 10, 2010.
Bauer badly cut his right pinkie finger while working on his drone on Oct. 14 and had to leave his Game 3 start in the American League Championship Series against Toronto in the first inning three nights later as the finger began bleeding profusely. He said the cut now is healed and he tested the finger by throwing 20 pitches on Monday without incident. “Threw it with max intent, just like in a game, as close to game intensity as I could possibly get to,” Bauer said during a press conference. “There’s no pain, no blood. I was able to execute all my pitches to a high level, and I’m really encouraged by it.”
* Cubs are 12-3 in their last 16 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game.
* Indians are 8-1 in their last 9 playoff games.
* Indians are 7-1 in Bauer’s last 8 home starts.
* Over is 12-2-3 in Arrieta’s last 17 road starts.
* Under is 8-0 in Indians’ last 8 playoff games.
* Cubs are 3-12 in their last 15 games with Guccione behind home plate.
COVERS CONSENSUS: The public is backing the road team Chicago Cubs in Game 2 at a rate of 58 percent. View Full consensus data here.
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