World Series Preview: Who to Watch

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Bingham Moloney '18, Staff Writer

The 2016 World Series is going to be one for the ages with two teams who are desperate for a championship. If someone would have told me that the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs would be playing each other in the World Series a couple years ago, I would have thought they where lying.

The Cleveland Indians had a relatively easy path to the World Series easily displacing the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS (American League Division Series) with a three game sweep then grinding out the series win against the Blue Jays in the ALCS ( American League Championship Series). The root of the success for the Indians is their superb starting pitching and shutdown bullpen. With AL CY Young award winner Cory Kluber and Shutdown Relief pitcher Andrew Miller making hitters pay. Cleveland’s offence is amazing with All-Star hitters like Mike Napoli, Francisco Lindor, and Jason Kipnis leading the way; Cleveland looks like an immovable object but if any team can beat them…it’s the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs path to the World Series was harder than they anticipated. They beat the SF Giants 3-1 in the NLDS (National League Division Series) and beat the Dodgers 4-2 in the NLCS (National League Championship Series). The Cubs were tested by each opponent, and during some  moments they looked like they weren’t going to do it. The Cubs never gave up, they always battled back, and always believed in each other. The Cubs have an exceptional pitching staff with Ace Jon Lester and his offensive power house of Javier Baez and Kris Bryant both swinging hot bats; the Cubs are going into the Fall Classic confident that they can end the 108 year championship drought that has been the dark cloud over the team and the city of Chicago.

The two players that you should look out for in this World Series are Javier Baez and Francisco Lindor. Baez and Lindor are both from the island of Puerto Rico and will have the nation torn on who to root for. (Jaime doesn’t know who to root for…he is a mess.)

Javier Baez a 23 year old infielder , who has lit up the baseball world this October with amazing plays in the infield but also with his bat . Javier is hitting .342 with 13 hits and 7 RBI’s. Javier is making doubters into believers and is carrying  the the Cubs to victory  !

Francisco Lindor, a 22 year old infielder, has impressed the world with his exceptional defensive ability and his power bat. Lindor is hitting .323 this postseason with 10 hits and 4 RBI’s . Francisco is a huge contributor to the system that Terry  Francona (the Indians manager) has put together. Lindor is a fan favorite; he is very humble and a very good example of what a team player should look like.

Both Baez and Lindor will be looking to light up the World Series.

Who to root for? Both the Cubs and the Indians haven’t won it all  in a very long time with the Cubs last winning it in 1908 and the Indians winning it in 1948. Both teams have exceptional talent and are very young teams too, but I think the Cubs are the team everyone should root for this year with their amazing fans, players, and manger. The Cubs have all the pieces to be World Series Champions. The city of Chicago has been waiting a long time for this and I think this is the year the Cubs win it all!

Game one was last night and the Indians dominated the Jon Lester led Cubs to a commanding 6-0 victory. As Indians’ catcher Roberto Perez (He is from Puerto Rico, too!) dominated the show with a two homer game that lead the Indians to an ever important 1-0 series lead over the Cubs. Game two is tonight at 7 PM in Cleveland and the world will be watching as pitching heavyweights Jake Arrieta and Trevor Bauer take the mound.

Even if you’re not a baseball fan, this World Series will hold your interest.