The Cubs are in Cleveland preparing for the first game of The World Series on Tuesday night. Monday is Media Day at Progressive Field. Joe Maddon is scheduled to meet with the media at 2:45pm CDT and will be followed by his Game 1 starter.
The Cubs will announce Monday the starting rotation for the World Series. Jon Lester is expected to get the ball on Tuesday night. Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks and John Lackey are expected to follow Lester in the Cubs’ rotation.
The Cubs will work out at Progressive Field between 3:00-4:30pm CDT.
Rosters for The World Series have to be announced around 9:00am CDT on Tuesday. The Cubs are expected to have 11 pitchers and 14 position players on the roster.
There will be a lot of information over the next 36 hours. Make sure to check back and follow on Twitter @TheCCO.
What was an incredible weekend has shifted to what will be an exciting week. The Cubs are playing in The World Series.
When Dexter Fowler steps into the batter’s box Tuesday he will become the first African-American to play for the Cubs in the World Series.
Fowler was unaware and said he was speechless when he found out.
Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier two years after the Cubs last played in the World Series.
The Cubs have until Tuesday morning (10:00am CDT) to set their World Series roster. And Kyle Schwarber is in the mix with all signs point to him having one of the 25 spots according to ESPN Chicago.
Schwarber played in his first AFL game on Saturday night. Schwarber went 0-for-3 with a walk and was scheduled to participate in a simulated game Sunday at the team’s facility in Mesa. No word yet on if that simulated game took place.
Schwarber said he felt good following Saturday’s game. Other than blisters on his hands, he had no health issues and his knee felt fine.
According to ESPN Chicago, Schwarber will play Monday in another AFL game.
Schwarber is a real possibility to be on the Cubs roster for the World Series. Schwarber would be able to DH in the games in Cleveland and pinch-hit at Wrigley. Schwarber can run the bases but has not been cleared to play in the field.
Theo Epstein said Schwarber can run the bases but “he would run the bases conservatively, but he is running well.
Schwarber is scheduled to play in Arizona on Monday and fly to Cleveland to join the Cubs. Schwarber said Saturday that he would at least be in the dugout Tuesday to support his teammates.
It sounds like Kyle Schwarber will be in the starting lineup.
- Report from ESPN Chicago
- Report from Tommy Stokke (first-hand account from Mesa)
- Report from Jon Heyman
- Report from The Tribune
Indians Rotation and Notes
Corey Kluber is starting Game 1 and will be followed by Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin. The Indians have not decided who will start Game 4.
Team doctors will monitor Trevor Bauer and if his finger is not where he can start Game 2, Francona’s plan is to flip-flop Bauer and Josh Tomlin. Bauer would move to Game 3 at Wrigley which would give his pinkie two more days to heal. The Indians would prefer Bauer to start Game 2 so he does not have to bat.
Danny Salazar threw a three-inning simulated game Sunday. The Indians think Salazar will at least be able to help the team in the bullpen. Salazar said he feels good and will be able to start a game.
Salazar has not pitched in a game since Sept. 9 when he had to leave his start against the Twins with a strained flexor muscle in his right forearm.
Jason Kipnis injured his left ankle during the Indians celebration of advancing to the World Series. Kipnis stepped on Francisco Lindor’s foot. Kipnis, the Glenbrook North product who grew up a Cubs fan, said he is fine but not 100 percent yet. Kipnis participated in the Indians workout Sunday and did not show any signs of an injury.
Kerry Wood threw out the first pitch for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. Wood wore a Ron Santo jersey to honor his friend and the Cubs great on what turned out to be an unforgettable night at Wrigley Field.
“Ronnie didn’t get to see this. He didn’t get to witness this night. Definitely going to wear it all the way through. Hopefully that will let him experience it a little bit with me.”
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) October 23, 2016
“These guys got to experience what we didn’t get to experience. We got to play in this game, we just didn’t get to celebrate after. Obviously extremely happy for the city. These guys have cemented themselves in history and they’re gonna be linked forever. It’s just great. We got four more to go and it’s the right group to go with.”
Kerry Wood tweeted after the Cubs won the Pennant, “Holy Cow! This is what we have been waiting for. Congrats guys! #FlyTheW #wearegood.”
Cubs TV Ratings
TV Ratings for Game 6, as would be expected, set records.
Game 6 posted a 25.8 Chicago market rating with a peak audience of over 1.08 million homes according to Jeff Nuich. And Game 6 averaged 9.7 million viewers, according to Eric Fisher, which made the Cubs clincher the most-viewed program/game in FS1 history and the most-watched LCS game on any network in six years.
According to Maury Brown, more than 12 million (12,213,000) tuned in to watch the Cubs win the NL Pennant and advance to the World Series.
News and Notes
• The Tribune reported Tom Ricketts seeks the ultimate payback for Cubs fans, a World Series title.
• The Cubs are out to write their own history according to Comcast SportsNet.
• According to Bob Nightengale, believe it the Cubs are in the World Series as generations rejoice at Wrigley. An emotional Billy Williams thought of Ernie Banks and Ron Santo as the Cubs finally got to the World Series. And Kerry Wood cried as hugged the players while wearing a Ron Santo jersey. Wood said, “They’ve set themselves in history, and they’re going to be linked forever.”
• Tony Andracki explained the moment Billy Williams knew the 2016 Cubs were destined for the World Series. And according to Mr. Williams, it was when he saw Dexter Fowler walk onto the backfield at the team’s complex in Mesa.
• According to Chris Emma, David Ross is cherishing the Cubs’ championship chase with his family.
• The Tribune reported Jon Lester admitted to being nervous and having the jitters during Game 6. Lester said to Comcast SportsNet that the Cubs haven’t done anything yet … “Nobody likes second place.”
• When it happens, Albert Almora Jr. is in the right place at the right time with the Cubs according to Comcast SportsNet.
• Most career postseason home runs at Wrigley Field: Anthony Rizzo (3), Miguel Cabrera (3), Kyle Schwarber (3), Alex Gonzalez (3)
• Kyle Hendricks vs. Clayton Kershaw in the two NLCS games … Hendricks: one run, five hits, four walks, 11 strikeouts, 0.711 WHIP; Kershaw: five runs, four earned, nine hits, one walks, 10 strikeouts, 0.833 WHIP
• Willson Contreras became the 10th different Cubs player to hit a home run this postseason when he took Clayton Kershaw yard in Game 6.
• Scott Miller reported on a night unlike any other in our lifetime at Wrigley Field.
• Jon Heyman reported on the view from the field after the Cubs made history.
• According to Matt Snyder it’s time to dispel this myth that all Cubs fans enjoy being called ‘lovable losers.’
• The Tribune – Let’s hear it for unsung Cubs heroes: From Jim Hendry to Steve Goodman
• The Sun-Times reported 300,000 fans celebrated the Cubs’ pennant win outside of Wrigley Field.
• The Timing is perfect for the Cubs to head to the World Series according to Ken Rosenthal.
• The White Sox congratulated the Cubs for winning the NL Pennant.
"As sure as God made green apples, someday, the Chicago Cubs are gonna be in a World Series."
– Harry Caray, 1991
— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) October 23, 2016
— New Era Cap (@NewEraCap) October 23, 2016
— Wrigley Field (@WrigleyBlog) October 24, 2016
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— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) October 24, 2016
And last, but not least, Anthony Rizzo has the ball from the last out in the NLCS. No word yet on if he actually slept with it as he said he planned to after Game 6.
This Day in Cubstory
1980 – Cubs granted free agency to Lenny Randle
1957 – Bill Hayes, born
1950 – Rawly Eastwick, born
1905 – Cubs acquired Harry Steinfeldt and Jimmy Sebring from the Reds for Jake Weimer
1885 – The Chicago National League Ball Club lost 13-4 to the St. Louis Browns in the Championship Series. With both teams winning three of the first six games, a special committee called the series a standoff without a clear champion. Cap Anson was 11-for-26 in the series while Fred Pfeffer was 11-for-27.
1857 – Ned Williamson, born
2014 – The Rays announced Joe Maddon had opted out of the final year of his contract.
1998 – Cubs granted free agency to Gary Gaetti, Glenallen Hill, Henry Rodriguez and Scott Servais
1987 – Felix Doubront, born
1987 – Dickie Noles was returned to the Cubs from the Tigers as part of a loan on Sept. 22
1984 – Rick Sutcliffe was the unanimous choice for ’84 National League Cy Young Award
1981 – Cubs purchased Junior Kennedy from the Reds for $50,000
1981 – Cubs released Bobby Bonds
1980 – Cubs granted free agency to Larry Biittner and Mick Kelleher
1979 – Cubs acquired Mike O’Berry from the Red Sox to complete the Ted Sizemore trade
1978 – John Lackey, born
1974 – Cubs traded Billy Williams to the Oakland A’s for Darold Knowles, Bob Locker and Manny Trillo
1935 – Gabby Hartnett was selected as the National League MVP by the BBWAA
1910 – Cubs lost the fifth and final game of the World Series to the A’s 7-2 at West Side Grounds.
1886 – Browns won the Championship Series in six games over the Chicago National League Ball Club
1885 – The Championship Series moved to Cincinnati and Chicago beat the Browns 9-2 behind Jim McCormick. Fred Pfeffer paced Chicago with three hits as they took a 3-2 lead over St. Louis in the series.