[8:08 PM] Indians @ Cubs

Who will WIN this matchup?

Cleveland Indians

@ Chicago Cubs


Starting Pitchers:

Tomlin (CLE): 2-0; 2.53 ERA

Hendricks (CHC) 1-1; 1.65 ERA


Last 10 Games Played:

Cleveland Indians: 6-4

Chicago Cubs: 6-3-1


Current odds:

Cleveland Indians: (+185)

Chicago Cubs: (-200)


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 best starting pitcher led his team to victory in each of the first two games of the World Series with each team laying claim to the better ace once. The Chicago Cubs try to gain control of the series when they host the Cleveland Indians on Friday in the first World Series game at Wrigley Field since 1945.

Tomlin delivered exactly what was asked of him in each of his first two postseason starts, allowing a total of three runs in 10 2/3 innings before handing things off to the team’s dominant bullpen. The 32-year-old Texan served up 36 home runs in 174 innings during the regular season but has yet to yield a home run in the playoffs. Tomlin, who has never faced Chicago, was 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA in three interleague starts this season.

Hendricks outdueled Clayton Kershaw in the clinching game of the NLCS, scattering two hits and no walks over 7 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out six. Hendricks, the major-league ERA leader at 2.13, surrendered one run over 12 2/3 innings in two NLCS starts and went 9-2 with a 1.32 ERA at home during the regular season. The Dartmouth product, who is seeing Cleveland for the first time, was 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA in three interleague starts this season.

Indians RHP Danny Salazar (forearm) made his postseason debut in Game 2 and walked a pair in a scoreless inning.

Chicago LF Ben Zobrist is 5-for-8 with an RBI triple in the series.

Cleveland DH Carlos Santana, who is 0-for-6 with four strikeouts in the series, could see time in the outfield in Chicago.


StreakSmarts Pick: Chicago Cubs

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick