Game 1 is in the books and Cubs fans have stepped to the ledge, ready to jump off. Let’s talk about why game one is simply that, game one.
There are definitely things to come away from the game with that cause you to be disappointed, but to think the series is over is ridiculous, yet so many followers sent me messages on Twitter saying how concerned they were. It’s absurd. Let’s think this through.
CLEVELAND DOESN’T HAVE GOOD STARTING PITCHING – Before you start throwing things at me saying how dominant Corey Kluber was, stop and take a look at the rest of what they have. Trevor Bauer has one of his fingers that is completely disgusting from a drone accident. If you didn’t see the story, Google the photos, but be warned. Josh Tomlin is a little more than league average, and then they don’t really have a 4th guy. Kluber would have to start again on short rest in game 4. I think our guys will figure out Bauer, if he can even go a decent amount of innings, and I think we’ll hit Tomlin. We saw what we did to Clayton Kershaw the second time seeing him, so calm down. Things are OK.
THE UNHITTABLE ONE WAS HITTABLE – Coming into the series, people were talking mostly about Andrew Miller, and for good reason. The guy was the ALCS MVP. He’s been that good. The Cubs faced him in the 7th and th 8th and didn’t look overmatched in either inning. They didn’t score, but sometimes just knowing you can hit the guy will get in your head and get in his head. Tack on the fact that Miller threw 46 pitches last night and there isn’t much to worry about. Let’s say he does come in tonight to pitch. He can’t possibly be as fresh. We should be able to get to him, especially now having stepped into the box against him the night before. I’m not afraid of Miller. Calm down. Things are OK.
THREE STRAIGHT GAMES AT WRIGLEY – If I’m the Indians, the thing I’m worried about most, despite having home field advantage, is the concept of going to Wrigley for three straight if this series is tied at one. In my opinion, it’s an unfair system, the 2-3-2 format of games, but we can use it to our advantage. This Cubs team will not lose one of those games at Wrigley. Maybe it was just me, but the Indians fans and that stadium didn’t seem to have much of an atmosphere last night. You saw people get up to cheer more out of responsibility rather than raving fandom. Wrigley will be rocking and the Indians should be worried. You get one tonight and go back to close it out at home. Calm down. Things are OK.
Game 2 – 7:08pm EDT (Note the Time Change)
Jake Arrieta – 0-1, 4.91 ERA – Arrieta is well-rested after not pitching since a loss in Game 3 of the NLCS. He faced Cleveland once during his NL Cy Young Award-winning 2015 season, allowing four runs in five innings.
Trevor Bauer – 0-0, 5.06 ERA – The Indians turn to Trevor Bauer, whose right pinkie injury forced him to leave ALCS Game 3 after two-thirds of an inning.