The tandem of ace Cubs’ pitcher Jake Arrieta and slugging phenom Kyle Schwarber set the Tribe on its ears last night dominating Cleveland in a 5-1 victory bringing the 2016 World Series back to Wrigley.
Arrieta went 5⅓ shutout innings while Schwarber went 2 for 4 with a walk and 2 RBIs. Schwarber became the first position player in MLB history to earn his first hit of the season in the World Series after missing all but three games of the regular season after tearing two ligaments in his left knee back in April.
Team doctors allowed Schwarber to be the DH in Games 1 and 2. Will he be cleared to play the outfield at Wrigley? "We'll see," Schwarber said. "I haven't tried it. So we'll take it day by day, like I said."
Manager Joe Maddon could play Schwarber in left field and move Ben Zobrist to right. Jason Heyward was benched due to a hitting slump of just 2 for 28
The Cubbies now hold a home field advantage for Games 3, 4 and 5. Can they win the Series by taking all three games at Wrigley? The experts say yes. The Cubs have a 62% chance of taking home the crown to the Tribe’s 38% according to Five Thirty Eight.
I’m not hanging my Cubbies hat on any sports expert’s notion—I’m going with my gut—the Northsiders will sweep the Tribe.
He's back. pic.twitter.com/t3tbeKeWnk— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) October 25, 2016