Cubs World Series Game 7 Notes For Wednesday @ Cleveland
* The Cubs forced tonight’s Game 7 with a 9-3 victory Tuesday, nearly matching their total runs scored from the first five games of the series combined (10). Chicago is the ninth team in World Series history to force a Game 7 after trailing three games to one (in best-of-7 series only); of the previous eight teams, five also went on to win Game 7.
* Tonight will be the 38th all-time Game 7 in a best-of-7 World Series. Home teams hold a slim 19-18 edge in the previous 37 such games, but had won nine in a row before the Giants won Game 7 of the 2014 series at Kansas City.
* Both the Cubs and Indians are 0-2 all-time in Game 7s of best-of-7 postseason series. Chicago lost in the 1945 World Series and 2003 NLCS, while Cleveland lost in the 1997 World Series and 2007 ALCS.
* Cleveland, which hadn’t allowed more than five runs in any previous game this postseason, has lost back-to-back games for the first time in this year’s playoffs. The Indians haven’t lost three in a row since August 23-25.
* Jason Kipnis is batting .308 (8/26) with five extra-base hits in the World Series, after going 1-for-19 (.053) in the ALCS against Toronto. By going 3-for-5 in last night’s loss, he became the first Indians player all-time with multiple three-hit games in a given World Series, and the first with three or more three-hit games in a single postseason.
* Corey Kluber is 4-1 with a 0.89 ERA (3/30.1) in five starts this postseason, with 35 strikeouts in 30.1 innings. With a win tonight, Kluber would become the first pitcher to win three games as a starter in a single World Series since Mickey Lolich with the 1968 Tigers (Randy Johnson won three games in the 2001 WS with Arizona, but one was in relief).
* Addison Russell drove in six runs in Game 6, tying a World Series record shared by three others: Bobby Richardson (1960 NYY), Hideki Matsui (2009 NYY), and Albert Pujols (2011 StL). His third-inning grand slam was the 19th grand slam in World Series history, but first by a shortstop and first by a Cub.
* Kyle Hendricks has made four starts this postseason (1-1, 1.31 ERA), with all four starts coming at Wrigley Field. During the regular season, Hendricks – the MLB ERA champion (2.13) – was 9-2 with a 1.32 ERA at home, versus 7-6 with a 2.95 ERA in road contests.