Who Is Going To Win The 2016 World Series
Favorite To Win World Series
By Angelo Montilla
Here are a few betting options to consider heading into the World Series.
Chicago Cubs (-200) vs. Cleveland Indians (+170)
One thing we’ve learned during the MLB post-season; te Cleveland Indians are giant killers.
After knocking off the Boston Red Sox in three straight games and then eliminating the power-hitting Toronto Blue Jays in five, do the Indians have what it takes to knock off a third straight World Series favorite in the Chicago Cubs?
They’ll attempt just that when the Fall Classic kicks off Tuesday at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
The Cubs, as expected, enter the World Series as the -182 favorites according to the early line set by Bet365. The Indians, who will enjoy home-field advantage in the best-of-seven series, are +160 underdogs.
At the start of the MLB campaign, the Cubbies were +500 favorites to win their first World Series crown in more than a century. The Indians were further down the board as +1800 dark horses.
This will be the first meeting between the two clubs since 2015, when the Cubs and Indians split a four-game series. Three of those four games also produced under results.
Chicago has the obvious advantage with its starting rotation, which has carried the Cubs to their first World Series appearance since 1945. The Cubbies will hand the ball off to a well-rested Jon Lester for Game 1. The southpaw has been nothing short of magnificent in the playoffs, posting a 0.86 ERA in three starts. Jake Arrieta will likely take the mound in Game 2, followed by Kyle Henricks for Game 3 — giving Chicago a solid foundation to start the World Series.
The Indians’ rotation — hard hit by season-ending injuries — has been reliable considering the adversity the team has been faced with throughout the year. Cleveland ace Corey Kluber will be the likely Game 1 starter and will certainly be ready on short rest to pitch again later in the series. The Indians will roll out Josh Tomlin for Game 2, while Trevor Bauer’s availability for the third game of the series remains in question, leaving the door wide open for manager Terry Francona to juggle his starters.
There is one thing the Indians have that the Cubbies don’t: Andrew Miller. Cleveland got to this point by using their solid bullpen late in games to shutdown opposing teams and Miller has been a huge part of that success.
In the ALCS against the Blue Jays, the hard-throwing right-hander struck out 56 percent of the batters he faced, marking the first time in MLB post-season history a pitcher posted a strikeout rate that high.
In total, Tribe relievers have posted 1.64 ERA in the post-season — if Cleveland has a lead into the sixth inning, the bullpen is more than capable of shutting things down from there.
Chicago’s bullpen may not be as strong, but the Cubbies can counter with fireballer Aroldis Chapman to shut down the Indians late in games.
Much like they did against the Blue Jays and Red Sox, expect the Indians to come up with key hits early in the series and use an aggressive base-running tactic to put runs on the board. On the other side of the plate, watch for Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who has a .320 batting average through six playoff games, to continue his hot streak against the Indians.
So how deep will this World Series go? Judging by how badly both teams want to end longstanding championship droughts, it could very well go the distance.
Canadian online sportsbook SportsInteraction has a 5.05 decimal line the Cubbies will need seven games to take down the Cubs. SportsInteraction is offering a 6.05 decimal line the Tribe will accomplish the exact same feat.
This time of year, everything comes down to pitching and while the Indians were able to advance to this stage with second and third tier starters, their magic will finally come to an end, and more importantly, Chicago’s championship curse will soon be over.
Pick: Chicago Cubs (-200)
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