2016-MLB-Finals-Indians at Cubs game 3 preview

World Series – Game 3
Cleveland Indians (94-67) at Chicago Cubs (103-58)
First pitch: Friday, 8:00 p.m. ET
Sportsbook.ag Line: Cleveland +180, Chicago -200, Total: 8 (Over -110, Under -110)

Series Results – Tied 1-1
Game 1) Chicago at Cleveland (-110) – (6-0, Favorite – Under 6.5)
Game 2) Chicago (-155) at Cleveland – (5-1, Favorite – Under 7.5)

With the World Series tied at one game apiece, the Indians and Cubs head to Chicago for Game 3.

After getting shut out in Game 1, the Cubs (103-58) leveled the World Series at 1-1 with a 5-1 victory over the Indians (94-67) in Game 2.

Now, after two games in Cleveland, the series shifts to Wrigley Field, where the Cubs went 57-24 during the regular season and have gone 4-1 in the postseason.

The Cubs will have the clear pitching edge in Game 3. Kyle Hendricks (16-8, 2.13 ERA during the regular season) will start for the Cubs, and he’ll be opposed by RHP Josh Tomlin (13-9, 4.40 ERA during the regular season).

In three starts this postseason, Hendricks has pitched to 1.65 ERA in 16 1/3 innings.

Tomlin has won both of his postseason starts this month, allowing three earned runs in 10 2/3 innings (2.53 ERA).

Hendricks absolutely loves pitching in Chicago; he’s gone 10-3 with a 1.49 ERA at Wrigley this season (postseason included).

The Indians went just 41-39 on the road during the regular season, but have gone 3-1 away from Progressive Field in the postseason.

SS Francisco Lindor (13-for-38, 3 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI) and 3B Jose Ramirez (9-for-34, 2 2B, RBI) went a combined 6-for-14 in the first two games, and C Roberto Perez (6-for-30, 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI) hit a pair of homers in Game 1.

Manager Terry Francona needs his power hitters—1B Mike Napoli (7-for-34, 3 2B, HR, 2 RBI) and DH Carlos Santana (5-for-35, 2 HR, 2 RBI)—as well as 2B Jason Kipnis (6-for-39, 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI) to produce in a lineup that doesn’t have a ton of punch.

OF Coco Crisp (3-for-18, 2 HR, 3 RBI) is the only player on the Indians’ roster who has faced Hendricks; he’s 0-for-3 against him. Tomlin has never faced the Cubs.

2B/LF Ben Zobrist (11-for-44, 4 2B, 3B, 4 RBI) has gone 5-for-8 with a double, a triple and an RBI through the first two games, and DH/OF Kyle Schwarber (3-for-7, 2B, 2 RBI) has gone 3-for-7 with a double and two RBIs. It remains to be seen how much Schwarber—who returned for the World Series after not playing since April 7—will play in Chicago.

Schwarber, who was Joe Maddon’s designated hitter in the first two games, really struggled in the outfield last season, and it’s unclear how he’ll be used in the National League park.

1F Javier Baez (15-for-47, 4 2B, HR, 7 RBI), 1B Anthony Rizzo (10-for-47, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI), 3B Kris Bryant (14-for-47, 5 2B, HR, 6 RBI) and CF Dexter Fowler (12-for-51, 4 2B, HR, 4 RBI) went a combined 5-for-33 with 11 strikeouts in the first two games, and if they continue to struggle the Cubs will have trouble scoring runs.

Only three Cubs have ever faced Tomlin: Zobrist is 2-for-19 against him with a double and a homer, C David Ross (3-for-14, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) is 0-for-1 and C Miguel Montero (1-for-9, HR, 4 RBI) is 2-for-5 with a double. Hendricks has never faced the Indians.