MLB Betting - World Series Game 7 Preview - Chicago Cubs vs Cleveland Indians

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Willie Bee

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 1:04 PM GMT

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 1:04 PM GMT

We finally crown a champion tonight in Cleveland where Corey Kluber and the Indians are slight underdogs on the MLB odds against the Chicago Cubs.

Season: 49-47 (+4.75) Postseason: 6-7 (-1.00)

And so it comes down to one game to decide the 2016 MLB season, one simple little game of baseball to determine whether it's the Chicago Cubs who end a 108-year dry spell of World Series titles or the Cleveland Indians stopping a 68-year span of the same.

Big FOX should have the nation's attention at 8 PM (ET). In what has already been a postseason dominated by relievers, the two starting pitchers are Chicago's Kyle Hendricks and Corey Kluber of Cleveland. After initially being sent out as a pick 'em at BetOnline, it's the Cubs who have emerged as slight favorites with a 7½ run total.

It was nothing like a simple game Tuesday for the Indians who could not perform the basics -- pitching, fielding, hitting. Fueled by a Kris Bryant homer and outfield gaffe by Cleveland, Chicago took a 3-0 lead in the first and never looked back in cruising to a 9-3 victory as -150 chalk on the MLB odds. Addison Russell frove in six runs for the Cubs, including a 3rd-inning slam, and Jake Arrieta pitched into the sixth to earn his second World Series victory.

 

Can Kluber Keep Cubs At Bay A 3rd Time?

At this point in the year, there's nothing new I can tell you about the two starting pitchers. Both Hendricks and Kluber had magnificent regular seasons and solid postseasons. The Cubs are 2-2 in the playoffs with Hendricks on the mound, both losses of the 1-0 variety, and the Indians are 4-1 behind Kluber, including wins in Games 1 and 4 of the Series.

A lot will be made of Kluber pitching on short rest for a third time in the postseason, and second time in the Series. I'm not buying into that, though that will be bandied about as the reason why if the Cubs get to him early. Kluber can not only break Cleveland's 68-year MLB Championship drought with a victory, but also become the first pitcher in 48 years to win three World Series starts.

 

Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Assuming the umpires continue with a normal rotation, Sam Holbrook calls the pitches tonight. The 18-year vet began the Series up in the replay booth and joined the field rotation when play shifted to Chicago, taking the place of Game 1 plate ump Larry Vanover. Holbrook worked the dish in the third and final game of the ALDS between the Rangers and Blue Jays, which easily went 'over' a 9 run total, and was 10-16-3 O/U/P on the regular season, including a September 'under' in Cleveland with Kluber on the mound.

Don't be surprised, however, to see the rotation jumbled to allow crew chief John Hirschbeck to call the plate in what will be the final game of his MLB career. Hirschbeck is retiring after this season and called Game 3 in Chicago last Friday, a 1-0 Cleveland win that Hendricks started.

Considering the two cities hosting this year's World Series, MLB has been pretty lucky as far as the weather goes. There's a chance the luck begins to run out this evening, as in a 20% chance of rain at game time, increasing to 50% and higher as the evening progresses. The good news is a first-pitch temp around 70º and 8-10 mph SW breeze (out to center).

My rooting interest this evening is in Cleveland, but my wallet and my free baseball pick is on Chicago.

Free MLB Pick: Cubs -113 Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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