October 30, 2016

World Series 5: Cubs 3, Cleveland 2

Cleveland - 010 001 000 - 2  6  1
Cubs      - 000 300 00x - 3  7  0

Trevor Bauer / Jon Lester

Cleveland could end 68 years of baseball futility with a victory tonight.

Thirty-nine of the 44 teams that have led a World Series 3-1 went on to win the championship. ... The last team to win Games 3, 4, and 5 of a World Series on the road was the 1996 Yankees.

In 12 postseason games, Cleveland has allowed only 22 runs (an average of 1.8 runs per game). ... They have allowed more than two runs in only four of those 12 games.

As for the Cubs, no team has come back from 1-3 to win the World Series since the 1985 Royals. Here are the five World Series teams to do so:
1925 - Pirates over Senators
1958 - Yankees over Milwaukee
1968 - Tigers over Cardinals
1979 - Pirates over Orioles
1985 - Royals over Cardinals
The Cubs have a World Series batting average of .141 (9-for-64) and a OPS of .390 with runners on base. ... With runners at second and/or third, Chicago is 5-for-37 (.135).

LOL: With victories in Games 3 and 4, Cleveland has as many World Series wins at Wrigley Field in two days as the Cubs do in 100 years. Chicago is 2-13 on its home field in the WS.


Dr. Jeff said...

I'm rooting for Cleveland but really want the Cubs to win so that it can go back to Cleveland for a clincher. Or possibly even an exciting game 7. Always better to clinch at home. I was at the A's/Reds WS game 4 in 1990, which was the last game of the Reds' sweep. The stadium is almost entirely silent, and there's a huge celebration by the players on the field.

Jere said...

Red Sox were down 3-1, too, and won, in the first World Series. (Less impressive since it was a best-of-nine series.)