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Cubs Even And Are Now Huge Favorites To Win Their First World Series In 108 Years

October 27, 2016

Going from a former “Joe Buck” on “Ray Donovan” to the one on this World Series, I should have cited in the last post that in watching the 2 batters I did see in game 2, the far too small graphic indicating the score, read Cubs (1-0).

So of course, on a night their Kris Bryant won the Hank Aaron Award, and with Fox, the so predictable and annoying, Mike Lupica, the even more annoying, fine actor Jon Cusack and even some good people I know personally, rooting for them, the Cubs squared the 2016 World Series at a game apiece, with a (5-1) win in game 2.

The team scoring first is now (13-0) in the LCS and World Series and has never trailed in said game. Anthony Rizzo doubled home Bryant in the first inning, for that first run.

Kyle Schwarber, who has made an amazing return to the Cubs’ lineup had two big hits in the tilt, Mr. Zobrist of course, contributed, his triple started the 3 run Cubs’ 5th inning and Jake Arrieta, probably condemned by Russo, after 4 bad post-season starts, was masterful in victory.

Arrieta took a no-hitter into the 6th inning. Of course, as with almost all of the pampered properties, aka starting pitchers of this time, he needed help, hurling just the 5 and one third innings.

Some “streak notes,” Terry Francona’s nine of nine record in World Series play fell to (9-1) and now the Joe Maddon managed Cubs will be heavy favorites, to not only end a 108 year title drought, in which it must be noted they never came remotely close to Cleveland’s 1997 World Series “near miss,” but also make Maddon a victor vs Francona in three of three post-season entities, all at different levels (the 2008 ALCS and 2013 wild card game being the others.)

Before telling you I have some hope for Cleveland in game 3, with (Josh) Tomlin as a huge underdog, vs (Kyle) Hendricks, the Cleveland losing pitcher in #2 was (Trevor) Bauer, evoking Hank Bauer.

The latter Bauer holds the World Series record of hitting in 17 straight games and once told me, at the 1985 W.S. how Mr. Roberto Clemente, who hit safely in all 14 W.S. games in which he played, would have broken his record given more world Series games.

Perhaps I can gain perspective in noting Mr. Clemente was denied World Series entry via a heartbreaking game 5 NLCS defeat in 1972, and then denied life, losing his as a true hero, trying to help earthquake victims in Nicaragua, less than 3 months later.

Back to Bauer and not so meaningful notes, Hank was (4-0) as a World Series manager, guiding the Baltimore Orioles to a 4 game sweep over the heavily favored Dodgers in the 1966 World Series, famously saying “guys who make odds do not play baseball.”

I believe ex Yankees Bauer and Lou Piniella, managing the O’s and Cincy Reds respectively, are now tied with (4-0) records, the best such World Series managerial records, sans a defeat.

Obviously Francona’s record is stellar, but I fear it will not be rewarded with a third title. I think the Indians will get to play again in Cleveland,  their best chance to do so is with big underdog Tomlin vs Hendricks, who will not be as great as last Saturday’s game 6 NLCS clincher, in game 3 on Friday.

 

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