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Kyle Schwarber is back, but the Cubs need more than that in Game 6

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Tuesday’s Say Hey, Baseball looks at Game 6 of the World Series, a few option discussions from around the league, and Justin Turner’s free agency.

World Series - Chicago Cubs v Cleveland Indians - Two Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

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The World Series has moved back to Cleveland, and this is good news for the Cubs. For one, they forced this game to happen in the first place by winning Game 5 in Chicago. Second, though, is the return of Kyle Schwarber to the lineup. As Schwarber was only medically cleared for swinging the bat and running the bases, he couldn’t play the outfield at Wrigley under NL rules. With the DH an option once more, though, the Cubs can use the best version of their lineup: no pitchers hitting, and Schwarber picking up four plate appearances instead of just the one pinch-hitting affair.

As said, that’s good news, but it’s not as if playing Schwarber means the Cubs are definitely going to win, either. Josh Tomlin has already pitched well against them once during the World Series, and both Cody Allen and Andrew Miller just had two nights off thanks to the Game 5 loss and travel day. Those might be the only pitchers the Cubs see on Tuesday, if Tomlin can throw five successful frames. Plus, Cleveland also just got a boost to both their lineup and their defense: they don’t need to balance Carlos Santana and Mike Napoli anymore, nor do they need to play with Santana in the outfield.

If the Indians don’t win Game 6, they have Corey Kluber going in Game 7. Kluber only threw 88 pitches in Game 1 and 81 pitches in Game 4 — he might be the most well-rested ace pitching three games in the history of the World Series. That’s something to talk about on Wednesday, though, and only if the Cubs manage to force a Game 7 to begin with. Right now, they have to beat Tomlin, the Indians bullpen, or both depending on how much offense Cleveland manages against Jake Arrieta.