Are you surprised? Cleveland, the forgotten team in this World Series, is on the brink of its first World Series championship in 68 years. The Indians took a commanding 3-1 lead in games with a 7-2 win Saturday night in Chicago. Cubs fan (except for this World Series) and Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis had three hits, including a home run for the victorious Tribe. Cory Kluber wasn’t quite as dominating in this game, but he was certainly good enough. The Indians bullpen put the matter to rest.
Would anyone be surprised with an Indians collapse? No*. Would anyone be surprised with a whimpering departure by the Cubs? No. It’s what these franchises do, despite both turning away from decades of “the same” this season. It’s going to be interesting seeing if there are additional turns away from the past on the part of both teams.
A couple more things: The Cubs have been in the World Series before, but Friday night, they played the first World Series game under lights at Wrigley Field. And if someone refers to the “postseason” records, I’m going to have to casually mention THE WORLD SERIES WAS THE ENTIRE POSTSEASON PRIOR TO 1969!
- – It actually would be a surprise, since Terry Francona is managing the Indians. Taking commanding World Series leads, then winning them is absolutely what he does.