The Chicago Cubs went 7-3 this postseason to get through the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers and punch their first ticket to the World Series since 1945. The Cubs start the World Series on the road against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.
Chicago is a -190 favorite on the odds to win the World Series at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. At the website PredictionMachine.com they've been given just under a 69 percent chance of finally winning the championship.
Cleveland entered the postseason going off at +900 to win the World Series, but those odds are down to +170 heading into this week's action.
Whispers of the curse started making their way around the baseball world when the Cubs fell to 1-2 in the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers with back-to-back shutout losses. But this year's Chicago team once again defied its franchise's history by bouncing back to win three straight games, racking up 23 runs over those three games while allowing only six.
Despite batting just .222 as a team this postseason, the Cubs have hit 12 home runs and lead the postseason in run production with 4.8 runs per game.
Including their sweep of the Kansas City Royals in the final series of the regular season, the Cleveland Indians are 10-1 over their last 11 games. Cleveland has the best team ERA this postseason with a sparkling 1.77 ERA, a particularly impressive feat considering it faced two of the best offenses in baseball (Boston and Toronto) to advance to the World Series.
The Indians' outstanding pitching has masked the team's inefficiency on offense, averaging only 3.4 runs per game.
Jon Lester will start for the Cubs and is a -112 road favorite in Game 1. Cleveland will send Corey Kluber to the mound as a +102 underdog. The Indians are 13-2 in the last 15 games Kluber has started per the OddsShark MLB Database.
The series will continue on Wednesday in Cleveland for Game 2 when Jake Arrieta takes on Trevor Bauer. The teams will travel to Chicago on Thursday, and the series will resume on Friday with a projected pitching matchup of Josh Tomlin vs. Kyle Hendricks.
John Lackey is then expected to pitch for the Cubs in Game 4, while Cleveland's starter for that game is currently undecided.