Cubs World Series Game 2 Notes For Wednesday @ Cleveland
* Cleveland’s 6-0 win over the Cubs in Game 1 Tuesday was the first shutout in Game 1 of the World Series since 1990 (Reds over A’s, 7-0). Combined with the Indians’ 3-0 win over Toronto in Game 5 of the ALCS, Cleveland has posted back-to-back shutouts in the postseason for the second time in team history (also Games 6 and 7 of 1920 WS).
* The Cubs suffered their third shutout loss of the postseason Tuesday, after also being blanked by the Dodgers in Games 2 and 3 of the NLCS. Only one team in MLB history has been shut out three or more times in a single postseason and gone on to win the World Series that year: the 1981 Dodgers (three).
* The last 14 teams that have won Game 1 of the World Series at home have gone on to win the series. The last team to lose Game 1 on the road and come back to win the World Series was Toronto in 1992 versus the Braves.
* Playing his first game since tearing ligaments in his knee on April 7, Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-3 with a double in Game 1. He’s the first position player in MLB history whose first hit of the season came in the postseason (was 0-for-4 in regular season).
* Jake Arrieta is 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA over the last two postseasons, with the Cubs going 2-3 in those games. Over the past two regular seasons, Arrieta is 40-14 with a 2.39 ERA, and the Cubs are 45-19 in his starts.
* Roberto Perez homered twice in Game 1, becoming the fifth catcher all-time to hit multiple home runs in a World Series game; the others are Yogi Berra (1956), Gene Tenace (1972), Johnny Bench (1976), and Gary Carter (1986). He’s also the first at any fielding position to ever hit multiple home runs in a World Series game out of the No. 9 spot in the order.
* Trevor Bauer will be making his first start since Game 3 of the ALCS, when he was forced to leave in the first inning due to bleeding on his throwing hand. In his only previous career start against the Cubs (June 16, 2015), Bauer threw 7.0 shutout innings and got the win in a 6-0 Cleveland victory.