World Series: Cubs vs. Indians
Cleveland Indians 2016 World Series: Hype Video
The Indians are going to the 2016 World Series! Once again Indians fans, are you ready for a November to remember?
2016 World Series schedule: Cubs vs. Indians
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The Chicago Cubs on Saturday night won their first National League pennant in 71 years, and will advance to play the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series, a matchup guaranteed to end one of the longest championship droughts in baseball.
Chicago beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday at Wrigley Field, advancing to the World Series for the first time since 1945. The Cubs haven’t won the World Series since 1908. That’s not to discount the Indians, who are back in the World Series for the first time since 1997 and seeking their fist title since 1948.
Because the American League won the All-Star Game in San Diego, the Indians have home-field advantage in the World Series, which begins on Tuesday night at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
The Indians have had some extra time to prepare for the Fall Classic, closing out the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday in Game 5 of the ALCS. Led by ace Corey Kluber (0.98 ERA in three postseason starts) and fireman reliever Andrew Miller (21 strikeouts, no runs in 11⅔ innings), the Indians are 7-1 during the playoffs, including 4-0 at home.
Chicago was a juggernaut in the regular season, winning 103 games while outscoring opponents by a whopping 252 runs. They beat the San Francisco Giants in four games in the NLDS, then took six games to outlast the Dodgers, with starter Jon Lester standing out with his 0.86 ERA in three postseason starts this year.
The Cubs and Indians have never met in the postseason. They have matched up in six different seasons in the 20-year history of interleague play, splitting four games in their last meeting in 2015, including splits in both home parks.
FOX will televise the World Series, with Joe Buck on play-by-play and John Smoltz as the analyst, joined by reporters Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci.
ESPN Radio will broadcast the Fall Classic nationally, with Dan Shulman on play-by-play alongside analyst Aaron Boone, two-thirds of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team by Eric Stephen @ericstephen.