World Series Primer: Game 2 Predictions
World Series Game 2
Chicago Cubs @ Cleveland Indians, World Series Game 2
Time: 7:00 PM EDT
Place: Progressive Field, Cleveland
Starters: Jake Arrieta (Cubs) vs. Trevor Bauer (Indians)
Tonight’s World Series will start an hour earlier due to the threat of rain. As of now, it looks like a great decision— it will be the difference between getting this one in or not, as the chance of rain looks to be a lot higher after a 7pm game would reasonably end:
Even if the rain holds off, these are less than ideal conditions for any baseball game. The cold weather definitely affects the game–just ask Kyle Schwarber who could have easily had himself a dinger last night—if it was summertime.
The Indians will need Trevor Bauer to eat some innings tonight, which will be the biggest story of the game. Andrew Miller escaped some jams last night and did his job, but he used a lot of pitches to do it — 46 — and may be pretty limited tonight, if he’s available at all. Bauer can’t leave in the 1st inning like he did in his last start against the Blue Jays due to a cut on his finger.
As for the Cubs, teams that have lost Game 1 of the World Series are 40-70 and, in recent years, have a worse winning percentage than that, losing it all in 12 of the past 13 years. To me, that doesn’t mean a whole lot as long as you have pre-August Jake Arrieta on the mound. Arrieta can shut down any lineup, but he has struggled with location over the past two months.
The Cubs need to have a better night at the plate now that Corey Kluber is out-of-the-way. Particularly a lefty like Anthony Rizzo, who is definitely happy to see Bauer. Jason Heyward will likely be back in the lineup as well. They had better have a better night. Being down 1-0 is not a death sentence in the World Series, even if it has looked like one recently. Being down 2-0 is not something Chicago wants to chance.
I like the Cubs to even the series tonight as Arrieta out-duels Bauer. I don’t think we’ll see Miller out of the Indians bullpen and the Cubs bats come alive just enough.
Prediction: Cubs beat the Indians 5-2