Cubs World Series Game 6 Notes For Tuesday @ Cleveland
* The Cubs extended the series with a 3-2 home win in Game 5 Sunday night. Chicago is trying to become the sixth team all-time to win a best-of-7 World Series after trailing three games to one, and first since the 1985 Royals. No team has won both Games 6 and 7 of the World Series on the road since the 1979 Pirates (at Baltimore).
* Tonight will be the ninth game in MLB history played in the month of November. There were three such World Series games played in 2001, three in 2009, and one each in 2010 and 2015.
* The Cubs’ 10 runs in this series are the fewest by any team through five games in the World Series since the Yankees also had 10 in 2001 versus the Diamondbacks. Chicago hasn’t scored more than five runs in any of their last six games (going back to the NLCS), the team’s longest such drought of the season.
* Cleveland’s 1.80 team ERA this postseason would be the best all-time by a team with at least 10 games played; the only ones to post a sub-2.00 ERA in a single postseason (minimum 10 G) were the 1973 Mets (1.84) and 1996 Braves (1.89) – both of which lost in the World Series.
* Rajai Davis tied a World Series record with three stolen bases in Game 5. It was accomplished five times previously by the likes of Hall of Famers Honus Wagner (1909) and Lou Brock (1967 and 1968), and most recently by the Rays’ Melvin Upton Jr. in 2008.
* Josh Tomlin threw 4.2 shutout innings in Game 3 at Chicago before getting pulled, with Cleveland going on to win 1-0. Over his last seven starts going back to mid-September, Tomlin is 4-1 with a 1.76 ERA (8/41.0), .196 opponent batting average, and just one home run allowed.
* Kris Bryant’s fourth inning home run in Game 5 was his first extra-base hit since Game 5 of the NLCS versus the Dodgers (double), and first homer since Game 3 of the NLDS at San Francisco. He’s hitting .118 (2/17) in the World Series.
* Jake Arrieta was the winning pitcher in Game 2 at Cleveland, allowing one run and two hits in 5.2 innings. He lowered his career ERA against the Indians (five starts) from 8.69 to 7.11. This will be Arrieta’s seventh career postseason start, with six of them coming on the road (including all four this year).