Cleveland Takes Game 1, On to Game 2Posted by: Mike Davis
“Cleveland against the world”
Those were the daunting words that LeBron James chose to use to finish his hallowed speech Tuesday night when the Cleveland Cavaliers were celebrating their first ever NBA Championship. If we are to take James statements as truths, then after last night’s World Series Game 1, the score is set at Cleveland 1 World 0.
It was a night of celebration all across Cleveland. Downtown, in the Quicken Loans Arena, the Cavaliers were joined by thousands of screaming fans as the entire city of Cleveland celebrated a championship 52 years in the making. After replays were shown, speeches were given, and rings were handed out, the night concluded with the Cavs raising their first championship banner. But across town, at Progressive Field, the Indians were quickly giving the city of Cleveland another reason to celebrate.
Online MLB betting fans who tuned into the first game of the World Series were treated to a defiant showing on behalf of Cleveland. Corey Kluber had never pitched in the World Series before. But the way he handled the mound last night made it seem like it was just another Tuesday. Kluber’s performance wasn’t just exemplary, it was record breaking. On the Indians way to shutting out the Cubs, Kluber became the 1st pitcher to strike out 8 batters within 3 innings.
Cleveland would go on to win Game 1 6-0. Game 2 will be played tonight, and although it was scheduled to start at 8:08 PM EST, it has been pushed up to a 7:00 PM start time due to pending weather conditions. Coming into Game 1, the Chicago Cubs were pegged as the favorites. Will most baseball betting sites favor the Cubs once again?
MLB Odds – Wednesday, October 26th World Series Game 2
Chicago Cubs -1 ½ (+110) 7 (-110) -152
Despite the fact that the Cubs got shut out in Game 1, the online MLB betting odds have still decided to favor them Wednesday night. Fans looking to tune in can do so through Fox or online at Fox Sports Go or MLB.tv.
This time around, the Cleveland Indians will be sending Trevor Bauer to the mound. Bauer finished the regular season with a 12-8 record, as well as a 4.26 ERA. Bauer’s last start didn’t go to well as the pitcher only lasted 4 batters. The 25-year old had sustained a cut on his pinky while repairing a drone last weekend. If the injury doesn’t act up, Bauer should have no problem starting. But if it does, the Cubs will be looking to capitalize.
On the other side, the Cubs will be sending Jake Arrieta to the mound. Arrieta finished the regular season going 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA. Arrieta is the reigning NL Cy Young award winner, but he hasn’t been playing like his old self recently. Over the last 10 starts, Arrieta has had a 4.77 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 60 1/3 innings. Those numbers aren’t terrible, but they’re not what were used to seeing from Arrieta. The online MLB betting odds are backing Arrieta, but he’ll have to break out of his slump to carry them to a victory.