The Fall Classic Facts: Kyle loves Cleveland

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 26:  Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs hits an RBI single to score Ben Zobrist #18 (not pictured) during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Two of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on October 26, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 26: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs hits an RBI single to score Ben Zobrist #18 (not pictured) during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Two of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on October 26, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND – If only the designated hitter was in the National League.

This statement in and of itself would cause a ton of debate among baseball fans across the country, but for at least one week the Cubs nation wishes that was the case.

Because the pitcher has to bat in National League parks and his inability to play the field after a serious knee injury, Kyle Schwarber was limited to just one pinch-hit appearance in the three World Series games at Wrigley Field.

That won’t be the case tonight or a Game 7 should the Cubs advance that far as the series shifts back to Cleveland. Schwarber is back in the lineup full-time as the designated hitter and will bat second for the Cubs in Game 6 this evening.

Cubs fans should be excited about that, considering the second-year player’s incredible success in Cleveland.

In five games at Progressive Field Schwarber has been superb at the plate, hitting 9-of-16 with a double, triple and homer with six RBIs. It’s the first place that he played a Major League Baseball games and looked comfortable from the start.

In the first three games of his career on June 16-18, 2015, Schwarber debuted by hitting 6-of-10 from the plate with a triple and his first career homer to go along with four RBIs. Even more incredible was his performance in Game 1 and 2 of the World Series which came after missing six months with a torn ACL and LCL in his knee.

In the two games as the DH, Schwarber was 3-of-7 with a double and two RBI’s in helping the Cubs split the first two games of the Fall Classic.

SIX-CESS? HARDLY

When it comes to the Cubs and success at any point this late in the playoffs, it’s usually about making new positive history.

That is the case again as the team plays in a rare Game 6 of the World Series.

It’s only happened four times as the Cubs have posted a 1-3 record in those games. Their last Game 6 in the World Series was a walkoff win in 12 innings at Wrigley Field against the Tigers in 1945. But the other three times their season came to an end, including a walk-off loss to the Tigers in 1935 in Detroit.

Here are the four Game 6’s the Cubs have played in the World Series in franchise history.

1945 – vs Detroit – Won 8-7 (12 Innings)

1935 – at Detroit – Lost 4-3

1918 – at Red Sox – Lost 2-1

1906 – at White Sox – Lost 8-3

CLEVELAND READY TO ROCK?

While a lot of the title drought focus has been on the Cubs during the 2016 World Series, the Indians have a chance to rid themselves of some bad history of their own.

Like in Game 5, the team is going for their first World Series championship since the 1948 season.

But since they lost at Wrigley Field on Sunday, the team actually gets a chance to end two long streaks at the same time.

Not since 1920 – 96 years – have the Indians clinched a World Series championship at home.

The last time came on October 12th of that year in the seventh game of a best-of-9 series. The Indians beat the Brooklyn Robins 3-0 at Dunn Field for the first World Series championship in franchise history. Their 1948 championship was won in Boston over the Braves in Game 6 of that series.