[7:08 PM] Cubs @ Indians

Who will WIN this matchup?

Chicago Cubs

@ Cleveland Indians


Starting Pitchers:

Arrieta (CHC): 0-1; 4.91 ERA

Bauer (CLE) 0-0; 5.06 ERA


Last 10 Games Played:

Chicago Cubs: 6-3-1

Cleveland Indians: 6-4


Current odds:

Chicago Cubs: (-145)

Cleveland Indians: (+135)


ESPN simulations have Chicago as XX% favorites to win the game.

XX% of sports bets are currently on Chicago to win as (TBD) underdogs.

The Cleveland Indians overpowered Chicago’s bats in the opener of the World Series and hope to do so again as they seek a 2-0 series lead when they host the Cubs on Wednesday. Light-hitting catcher Roberto Perez belted two homers while the trio of starter Corey Kluber (nine in six-plus innings), Andrew Miller (three) and Cody Allen (three) combined for 15 strikeouts in Cleveland’s 6-0 victory in Game 1.

Arrieta has given up four runs in three of his five career postseason starts, but he believes he’s getting more comfortable with the higher-pressure stage. Arrieta started one game at Progressive Field as a member of the Baltimore Orioles and picked up the win despite allowing six runs – five earned – and six hits in six innings of a 14-8 victory on Aug. 10, 2010.

Bauer badly cut his right pinkie finger while working on his drone on Oct. 14 and had to leave his Game 3 start in the American League Championship Series against Toronto in the first inning three nights later as the finger began bleeding profusely.

Wednesday’s start time was moved up one hour due to the threat of rain.

Chicago OF Kyle Schwarber (knee) was activated after being out since early April and went 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.

Cleveland SS Francisco Lindor recorded three hits in Game 1 and is batting .371 in 35 postseason at-bats.


StreakSmarts Pick: Cleveland Indians

Confidence: 4/10

StreakSmarter Pick