Nov 02

World Series 2016 Game 7: Cubs @ Indians

This is the 32nd deciding game in World Series history which seems remarkable only if you don’t think the 2 best teams always advance (and they don’t, another way of looking at the same statistics is that flukes and mismatches are the norm, representing almost 70% of all cases).

Baseball fans tend to be numbers fans also because there are just so many of them. They pretend it’s an indicator of rationality and predictability but these very same people will then turn their Caps inside out if their team is behind; refuse to bathe, shave, or wash their clothes; or believe in goat curses.

Honey, I hate to say it, but what you smell is you. Get a shower and brush your teeth why not. The reason they call it ‘Magical’ thinking is that there is no cause and effect that connects your ‘Good Luck Socks’ to what happens between the foul lines.

In this game however, the past is the future as each team has made some critical compromises to arrive at this point. Sure, Corey Kluber is a future Hall of Famer but is the 6th time the charm or is 30+ Innings (12 in this Series) more than enough? The Indians have a Bullpen too.

On the Cubs side Hendricks is a lot fresher, but has a lot of No Decisions and as many Losses as Wins. Sure his ERA is 0.00, but it’s based on 4 Innings and doesn’t include 6 scattered Hits. I don’t think he looks all that overpowering though the numbers say different. Chapman is the next Rivera, you heard it here first, but can he come back after last night’s work?

Well the answer is yes. He came in in the 7th but left in the 9th and he didn’t throw an unusually high number of pitches. Just another day at the Ball Park for him regardless of what the announcers say. The rest of the Bullpen ain’t much, but they have a bunch of lightly used starters who’ll be playing golf tomorrow win or lose.

So, we shall see. I won’t tell you I’m rooting for the club with the 108 year drought because of Bill Murray but it’s true enough and we shall see.

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  1. Vent Hole

  2. First Pitch Strike

  3. Solo Shot. Cubs 1 – 0

  4. Infield Single

      • BobbyK on November 2, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      Not a discouraging start!

  5. Fly Out. 1 Gone

  6. Another Fly. 2 Out

  7. Steal

  8. Bottom 1st

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    The Game so far

    The Top of the 1st with Corey Kluber pitching for Cleveland

    The first pitch to Fowler was a strike, on pitch #4 he hit a lead off Home Run

    Kyle Scwarber singles;

    Kris Bryant flies out to right field

    Anthony Rizzo flies out to center. 2 outs

    Scwarber steals 2nd

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Corey Zobrist flies out to center to retire the side

    Cubs 1 – Cleveland 0

  9. First Pitch Fly Out

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Bottom of the 1st Kyle Hendricks pitching for the Cubs

  10. KO. Out 2

  11. Throwing Error. 1 On

  12. Force. Top 2nd

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Carlos Santana flies out to right

    Jason Kipnis struck out 2 outs

    Francisco Lindor to first on throwing error

    Napoli grounds out to end the 1st ining

    Cubs 1 – Cleveland 0

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Top of the 2nd Inning: Corey Kluber pitching for Cleveland

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Addison Russell pop fly to left.

  13. Pop. 1

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Willson Contreras flies out to left. 2 outs

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Jason Heyward flies out to center to retire the side

  14. Foul. 2

  15. Bottom 2nd

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Bottom of the 2nd. Kyle Hendricks pitching for the Cubs

  16. A Leadoff Error

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Jose Ramirez singles on a line drive

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Ramirez picked off at 1st

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Lonnie Chisenhall singles o a liine drive to left

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Rajai Davis grounded into a double play to end the 2nd inning

    Cubs – Cleveland o

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Top of the 3rd. Corey Kluber pitching for Cleveland

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Javier Baez flies out to left

  17. Long Fly. 1

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Dexter Fowler flies out to right. 2 out

  18. Another. 2

  19. Out going for 2nd. Bottom 3rd

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Kyle Schwarber singles on a line to left, out at 2nd to retire the side

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Bottom of the 3rd. Kyle Kendricks pitching for the Cubs

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Coco Crisp lead off double

  20. Leadoff Double

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Roberto Perez bunts, out at 1st. Crisp to 3rd

  21. Sacrifice Bunt

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Carlos Santana singles to left. Crisp scores to tie the game

  22. RBI Single. Tied at 1

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Jason Kipnis singles on a ground ball, Santana safe at 2nd with 1 out

  23. Error. 2 On 1 Out

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Lindor flies out to left. Runners hold 2 outs

  24. Big Fly Out. 2 Done

  25. Top 4th

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Napoli lines out to end the 3rd inning

    Cubs 1 – Cleveland 1

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Top of the 4th inning Corey Kluber pitching for Cleveland

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Kris Bryant lead of single

  26. Single. A good start

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Rizzo hit by pitch. 2 on No outs

  27. HBP

  28. Fielder’s Choice. Corners

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Zobrist singles, Rizzo out at 2nd. Bryant to 3rd

  29. RBI Sacrifice. Cubs 2 – 1

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Russell sac fly to center. Bryant scores. Zobrist to 2nd

    Cubs 2 – Cleveland 1 2 outs

    • BobbyK on November 2, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    What a slide!

  30. RBI Double. Cubs 3 -1

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Contreras doubles on a fly to center. Zobrist scores

    Cubs 3 – Cleveland 1 with 2 outs

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Heyward pops out to infield to retire the side

  31. Bottom 4th

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Bottom of the 4th. Kyle Hendricks pitching fo rthe Cubs

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Ramirez grounds out

  32. Out at 1st

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Chisenhall flies out to left

  33. Fly. 2

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Rajai Davis flies into right to end the 4th

    Cubs 3 – Cleveland 1

  34. Top 5th

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Top of the 5th. Corey Kluber pitching for Cleveland

  35. Leadoff Solo Shot. Cubs 4 – 1

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Baez lead off solo Home Run

    Cubs 4 – Cleveland 1

  36. Ladies and Gentlemen… Kluber has left the building.

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Cleveland pitching change: Andrew Miller in for Kluber

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Fowler singles on a ground ball to left

  37. And a Single. No Out

  38. Double Play

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Scwarber grounds into a double play. 2 outs

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Bryant walked with 2 outs

  39. 2 Out Walk

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Rizzo RBI double

    Cubs 5 – Cleveland 1 with 2 outs

  40. RBI Double. Cubs 5 – 1

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Zobrist flies out far left center to retire the side

  41. Bottom 5th

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Bottom of the 5th. Kyle Hendricks pitching for the Cubs

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Crisp grounds out

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Perez struck out. 2 outs

  42. Ground Out 1

  43. KO. 2

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Santana walked

  44. 2 Out Walk.

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Cubs pitching change Jon Lester in for Hendricks

  45. Error. 2nd and 3rd

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Kipnis grounds into a double. Santana tp 3rd with 2 outs

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Wild pitch. 2 RBI’s

  46. Wild Pitch. 2 Runs Score. Cubs 5 – 3

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Cubs 5 – Cleveland 3

  47. Top 6th

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Lindor struck out to end the 5th innng

    Cubs 5 _ Cleveland 3

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Top of the 6th Andrew Miller pitching for Cleveland

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Russell fouls out

  48. Pop Foul. 1

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    David Ross Home Run in his final game.

    Cubs 6 – Cleveland 3

  49. Solo Shot. Cubs 6 – 3

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Heyward grounds out. 2 outs

  50. Out at 1st. 2 Out

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Baez struck out to retire the side

  51. Bottom 6th

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Bottom of the 6th. Jon Lester pitching for the Cubs

  52. Leadoff KO. Good for him.

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Napoli Struck out

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Ramirez grounds out . 2 outs

  53. Gunned down at 1st. 2

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Brandon Guyer, hitting for Chisenhall, singles on a ground ball to left

  54. Top 7th

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Davis grounds out into a fielder’s choice to end the 6th inning

    Cubs 6 – Cleveland 3

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Top of the 7th. Andrew Miller pitching for Cleveland

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Fowler with a leaf off single

  55. Leadoff Single

    • BobbyK on November 2, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Nice start to the 7th

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Schwarber flies out to left. Fowler holds at 1st. 1 out

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Cleveland pitching change: CodyAllen in for Miller

  56. Line Out

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Allen obsessed with trying to pick off Fowler.

  57. Strike Out/Throw Out Double Play. Bottom 7th

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Bryant out on swinging strike Fowler caught stealing 2nd for qa double play to retire the side

    Cubs 6 – Cleveland 3

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Bottom of the 7th.Jon Lester pitching for the Cubs

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Crisp flies out to left

  58. 8 Left

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Perez walked with 1out

  59. 1 Out Walk

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Naquin in running for Perez

  60. Sacrifice

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Santana grounds out Naquin to 2nd

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Kipnis struck out to end the 7th inning

    Cubs 6 – Cleveland 3

  61. Top 8th

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Top of the 8th. Cody Allen pitching for Cleveland

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Rizzo out at 1st on a wild pitch

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Zobrist grounds out. 2 outs

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Russell pop fly to retire the side

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Bottom of the 8th. Jon Lester pitching for the Cubs

  62. Bottom 8th

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Lindor grounds out

  63. 5 Left

    • BobbyK on November 2, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    1 down 5 to go.

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Napoli struck out. 2 outs

  64. 4 left

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Ramirez singles on a ground ball

  65. Another fucking Error. 1 On 2 Out

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Cubs pitching change: Aroldis Chapman in for Lester for the last 4 outs

  66. Chapman In

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Guyer RBI doubles to right center field. Ramirez scores

    Cubs 6- Cleveland 4

  67. RBI Double. Cubs 6 – 4

    • BobbyK on November 2, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Shit.

  68. 2 RBI HR. Tied at 6

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Davis RBI Home Run to tie the game

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Crisp singles

    • BobbyK on November 2, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Can they bring Lester back?

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Yan Gomes struck out to end the inning

    Cubs 6 – Cleveland 6

  69. A Single

  70. Top 9th

  71. O-Ren Ishii: You didn’t think it was gonna be that easy, did you?
    The Bride: You know, for a second there, yeah, I kinda did.

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Top of the 9th. Cody Allen pitching for Cleveland

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Ross lead off walk

  72. And a Walk to Leadoff

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Chris Coghlan running for Ross.

  73. Force. 1 Down

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Heyward to first on a ground ball. Coghlan out at 2nd. 1 out

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Cleveland pitching change: Bryan Shaw in for Allen.

  74. Stolen Base. Error. Runner on 3rd.

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    Heyward steals 2nd advances to 3rd on a throwing error

  75. KO. 2 Down

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Baez out on a foul bunt

  76. Bottom 9th

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Fowler fouls out to retire the side

    • BobbyK on November 2, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    I can’t believe they are sending Chapman back out there.

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Bottom of the 9th. Aroldis Chapman pitching for the Cubs

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Santana flies out to center on a full count

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Kipnis struck out. 2 outs

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Lindor flies out to right to end the 9th inning.

    On to the 10th

    Cubs 6 – Cleveland 6

    • BobbyK on November 2, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    And the season goes into extra innings.

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Top of the 10th. Bryan Shaw pitching for Cleveland

    • TMC on November 2, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    Rain delay.

  77. Top 10th

  78. Extra Inning Single

    • TMC on November 3, 2016 at 12:14 am

    With Shaw pitching for Cleveland. Schwarber with a lead off single

    • TMC on November 3, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Bryant sac fly to center. Schwarber to 2nd

  79. Sacrifice. Runner to 2nd

    • TMC on November 3, 2016 at 12:17 am

    Rizzo intentionally walkedRizzo intentionally walked

  80. Intentional Pass

  81. RBI Double. Cubs 7 – 6

    • TMC on November 3, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Zobrist RBI double to take the lead. Alamora running for Schwarber scores. Rizzo to 3rd

  82. Another Intentional Walk

    • TMC on November 3, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Russell intentionally walked bases loaded with 1 out

  83. RBI Single. Cubs 8 – 6

    • TMC on November 3, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Motero singles Rizzo scores

    Cubs 8 – Cleveland 6

    • TMC on November 3, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Cleveland pitching change: Trevor Bauer for Shaw

    • TMC on November 3, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Heyward struck out 2 outs

  84. KO for 2

    • TMC on November 3, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Baez flies out to retire the side

    Cubs 8 – Cleveland 6

  85. So… Indians need 2 in 3 Outs.

    • TMC on November 3, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Bottom of the 10th Carl Edwards pitching for the Cubs

    • BobbyK on November 3, 2016 at 12:37 am

    Far too exciting.

    • TMC on November 3, 2016 at 12:37 am

    Napoli struck out. 1 out

  86. 2 Left

    • TMC on November 3, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Ramirez grounds out. 2 outs

    • TMC on November 3, 2016 at 12:42 am

    Guyer walked

  87. And… A Walk

    • TMC on November 3, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Davis RBi single

    Cubs 8 – Cleveland 7

  88. RBI Single. Cubs 8 – 7

    • TMC on November 3, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Cubs pitching change: Mike Montgomery in for Edwards

    • TMC on November 3, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Michael Martinez grounds out to end the game

    The Cubs Win!!!!

    • BobbyK on November 3, 2016 at 12:48 am

    How about that!

  89. 108 Years of Futility- Gone. Cubs 8 – 7 Final.

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