This could be it tonight. The end of baseball for the 2016 calendar year may be upon us. If the Indians win, that's it. That's all she wrote. They will be the champions. If the Cubs win, things will go to tomorrow night before a decisive Game 7 settles everything.
On paper, you have to figure that the Cubs are favored in this game, despite being on the road, because Jake Arrieta won the Cy Young and Josh Tomlin was a regular season jabroni with a mid-4s ERA. However, Tomlin's pitched very well this postseason and Arrieta has not been JAKE ARRIETA since about late June. So, who knows?
Baseball scribes are already talking about the ball flying out of the stadium in batting practice, but then, they were all expecting Game 4 to be a slugfest because of the wind blowing out in Chicago and the final score was 1-0. A symptom of feeling like you are an expert is that you occasionally chime in on topics where you aren't actually an expert and then you look like an idiot. Of course, this is not exactly unheard of in other areas of life, either.
Kyle Schwarber mania will be back in effect with the series returning to AL rules for the final two games. The Cubs get a DH again. Will he make the difference? Sure, he might. So might Andrew Miller, who will be out there in the bullpen, surely ready to go two innings or maybe even more.
|CHICAGO CUBS||CLEVELAND INDIANS|
|Dexter Fowler - CF||Carlos Santana - DH|
|Kyle Schwarber - DH||Jason Kipnis - 2B|
|Kris Bryant - 3B||Francisco Lindor - SS|
|Anthony Rizzo - 1B||Mike Napoli - 1B|
|Ben Zobrist - LF||Jose Ramirez - 3B|
|Addison Russell - SS||Lonnie Chisenhall - RF|
|Willson Contreras - C||Coco Crisp - LF|
|Jason Heyward - RF||Tyler Naquin - CF|
|Javier Baez - 2B||Roberto Perez - C|
|Jake Arrieta - RHP||Josh Tomlin - RHP|