World Series Game 7 Will Be Glorious

by Frank Pimentel | Posted on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
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The Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell celebrates after his grand slam against the Cleveland Indians during the third inning of Game 6 of the World Series Tuesday in Cleveland.

The Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell celebrates after his grand slam against the Cleveland Indians during the third inning of Game 6 of the World Series Tuesday in Cleveland.

Well, here we go. Put all your cards on the table because this one game means the world to each fanbase. You’re talking about a 108 and 68 year World Series drought respectively, hard to get higher stakes than that. The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians will do battle one more time in a winner-take-all clash for what has already become an all-timer as far as Fall Classics are concerned.

With their backs against the wall, Jon Lester delivered in Game 5, and oh boy did he. Even running low on fuel as he admitted after the game, the postseason phenom was able to pull out another quality start and force a Game 6 and take the series back to Cleveland.

On to Game 6, no matter who you were pulling for or as a neutral observer, you just knew when Kris Bryant deposited a pitch from Josh Tomlin into the left field bleachers that this one was going the distance. Last year’s Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta was on the hill and it was just a glorious night to watch the two best teams duke it out for all the marbles.

Then, Tyler Naquin misplayed a ball leading to a 3-0 first inning lead for Arrieta to run with. The grand slam by Addison Russell was breathing room enough for Cubs fans to calm themselves down in anticipation for what is sure to be an all-time Game 7. Aroldis Chapman was called upon, even with a hefty lead, but an Anthony Rizzo two-run shot in the 9th helped limit his load and make manager Joe Maddon comfortable enough to move away from his closer for the final three outs. The Cubs took Game 6 by a 9-3 final score.

So, to tonight, we’ll see a matchup of two of the top right-handed starters in the game this season. The Cubs will throw Kyle Hendricks (1-1, 1.31 ERA) and Indians match with their ace Corey Kluber (4-1, 0.89 ERA). Kluber has been money all postseason long for manager Terry Francona whom I’m sure like Indians fans are hoping for more of the same. Kluber, who has an 0.89 ERA in 30 1/3 innings this postseason and an 0.75 ERA in 12 innings in this World Series. If Clevlenand can get six to seven lights out innings from Kluber with Miller, Shaw and Allen all rested and ready to give it every last ounce of energy they have in them, then I’m sure they would very much like their chances to hoist the trophy tonight.

The Cubs will also have a full arsenal at their disposal. John Lackey and Lester are expected to be available out of the bullpen, I mean after all there is no tomorrow and this is it. One game to decide it all. A report from Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal says Jon Lester will be the “middle man” for Chicago tonight. Lester would be working on two days rest after throwing 90 pitches in Game 5. Rosenthal also reported that Lester’s personal catcher, David Ross, would enter with him, in what would be the final game of his major league career.

Heroes and legends will be made tonight, it has all boiled down to one game. Who will come out victorious and what city will have the celebration of a lifetime to match what joy and pleasure this entire World Series matchup has brought.

Sit back, drink it all in while enjoying your favorite beverage of choice to America’s Pastime because I ensure you all of those involved tonight will not be afforded such luxury. It’s a pins and needles kind of night, and would any of us have it any other way?

Yeah, that’s what I thought. Game 7 of the World Series tonight will be glorious.

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Frank is a passionate baseball fan and writer. Aspiring baseball front office executive. Follow Frank on Twitter @FrankBostonTank.

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