The first game of the World Series did not go the Cubs way. Joe Maddon’s team did not take advantage of the opportunities they had, especially against Andrew Miller, before the game was blown open late by a second historic performance by an Indians player.
Corey Kluber was downright awesome and the Cubs struck out 15 times on Tuesday night.
The Cubs are down 1-0 in the best-of-seven World Series after the Game 1 loss. Terry Francona is now 9-0 in World Series games and a Theo Epstein team lost for the first time (8-1) in the Fall Classic.
It was easy for the mainstream media to push the narrative the Cubs will not win the Series after losing Game 1 because teams that have lost the first game have gone on to lose 22 of the last 24 Fall Classics. There have been 16 teams shutout in Game 1 of the World Series and nine of them ended up winning the World Series.
And dating back to 1921, only five of the last 15 teams to register a shutout in Game 1 of the World Series went on to win the championship.
With a win in Game 2, home field advantage shifts to the Cubs with three straight games (Oct. 28-30) at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs have a lot of work to do and history is not on their side. Sound familiar?
World Series Post-Game News and Notes
Here are the post-game reports, news and notes from Game 1 of the World Series …
• Cubs won’t hang head after Game 1 loss to Indians according to Comcast SportsNet.
• The first inning of Game 1 was the game according to Jon Lester. And his struggles in the first inning put the Cubs in a World Series hole according to ESPN Chicago.
• The Sun-Times reported Corey Kluber shuts down Cubs as Indians open World Series with 6-0 win.
• ESPN reported Corey Kluber and the Indians shut down the Cubs to take the World Series opener. Joel Sherman reported Corey Kluber does his best LeBron James imitation. The Indians magic formula in Game 1 according to Bob Nightengale, Corey Kluber and Andrew Miller were dominant against the Cubs. And David Haugh reported Corey Kluber takes page from Jon Lester’s book, but Cubs fans need not fret.
• The Cubs want another shot at Andrew Miller after shutout loss according to Comcast SportsNet.
• The Indians staff is pitching at an historical level this postseason. The Indians recorded their fourth shutout Tuesday in nine games.
• The Indians are considering Carlos Santana in left field for the three games at Wrigley according to Ken Rosenthal.
• The Cleveland Police Department apparently had nothing else better to do Tuesday night than to trash talk the Cubs.
• Dexter Fowler became just the ninth player in Cubs history to leadoff a World Series game.
• Game 1 lineups featured six players under the age of 25, the most to start a World Series game since Game 4 of the ’70 Series between the Reds and Orioles.
• Willson Contreras apologized on his personal Twitter account to fans of the Cubs and Indians for disrespecting his team and the game by watching what turned out to be a double in the ninth inning. Contreras promised it will not happen again.
Game 2 Time Change – 6:08pm CDT
Game 2 was set to begin at 7:08pm CDT and will now start at 6:08pm CDT.
Heavy rains were in the forecast for Wednesday night. MLB thinks there will be a big enough window to play the game without interruption if first pitch is moved up an hour.
Jon Lester had a rough night Tuesday in Game 1 and made no excuses for his outing. Lester struggled with his command in the first inning and walked two batters. Lester did not get a couple of calls that he needed. At the same time, he did not adjust accordingly and get the outs. Francisco Lindor’s single and stolen base was not the problem, walking back-to-back batters with two outs was.
Pitching on the road in the World Series, Lester needed to be better than he did in the first inning. Because when a pitcher walks the bases loaded, a dribbler and a hit by pitch can score two runs.
Jon Lester became the 11th Cubs pitcher to start the first game of a World Series, the first since Hank Borowy (1945).
Jon Lester and David Ross became the third battery to start Game 1 of the World Series for two different teams, the first since 1940. And Lester and Ross became just the seventh pitcher/catcher combo to start a World Series game together for two different teams, again the first since 1940.
Kyle Schwarber had an amazing third game of his season in the first game of the World Series. Schwarber had not faced big league pitching since April 7, his second game of the season, until Tuesday night. Schwarber went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk while putting together excellent at-bats.
Schwarber became the first non-pitcher to ever get a hit in a World Series game without a hit in the regular season. Schwarber doubled off the right field wall in his second at-bat, and just missed a home run.
Schwarber will be back in the starting lineup for Game 2 as the Cubs’ designated hitter.
Joe Maddon made a mistake during his pre-game press conference while discussing Schwarber’s return. Maddon left the door open of the possibility of Schwarber playing in the field when The Series shifts to Wrigley Field. Maddon clarified and corrected what he said after the game.
Kyle Schwarber did what the Cubs thought he could do at the plate. The Indians will be prepared for him in Game 2. And hopefully several of Schwarber’s teammates will benefit from the length in the lineup that he now provides.
- Report from Comcast SportsNet
- Report from The Tribune
- Report from Bruce Levine
- Report from ESPN Chicago
Miguel Montero – Willson Contreras
Joe Maddon was not ready to commit Tuesday to Miguel Montero catching Jake Arrieta in Game 2. The Indians have a very good running game, something Montero cannot control.
Maddon said that Willson Contreras may catch Arrieta as a way to keep the Indians from taking bases at will.
The Cubs could also use Contreras’ bat in the lineup. Even if Contreras is not behind the plate, he should be in left field in order to give the offense the boost it could use after being shutout for the third time in seven games.
The Cubs had Andrew Miller on the ropes Tuesday night. The Cubs loaded the bases in the seventh inning but were unable to push across a run much less put a crooked number on the board. After Miller got out of the jam in the seventh, ESPN Chicago reported the last time Miller allowed a hit with the bases loaded was May of 2013.
The Cubs made Miller work and Tuesday was the first time he allowed multiple hits and multiple walks in 77 appearances this season. And the 46 pitches he threw was the most for Miller in a single outing since he was a starting pitcher (Sept. 8, 2011).
Andrew Miller will be available for Game 2. Miller said he will be ready to go. The Indians plan on using him as often as possible to beat the Cubs this series. Multiple reports following Game 1 indicated Miller could end up pitching in every game of the series.
Terry Francona addressed Miller throwing close to 50 pitches in Game 1, “When you have a lead, you try to win.”
Jon Heyman reported Andrew Miller was not perfect in Game 1, but he proved why he’s feared.
Joe Sheehan pointed out Miller, Cody Allen and Corey Kluber have thrown 58 percent of the Indians’ postseason innings.
News and Notes
• The Cubs are running out of patience with Jason Heyward at the World Series according to Comcast SportsNet. The Sun-Times reported Jason Heyward on the bench again as Cubs opened an historic Series. Heyward said to the Sun-Times that the bench role is tough but he vowed to stay professional and ready when he’s called upon. Jason Heyward understands the benching according to the Tribune.
• Theo Epstein knows what the Cubs are up against versus Indians’ skipper Terry Francona according Comcast SportsNet.
• Comcast SportsNet detailed how the Cubs World Series roster was built.
• Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora Jr., Willson Contreras and Carl Edwards Jr. are playing in the World Series before they played in a Cubs’ regular season home opener at Wrigley Field.
• Christopher Kamka pointed out the Cubs faced both the 2014 Cy Young Award winners in back-to-back games … Clayton Kershaw in Game 6 of the NLCS and Corey Kluber in Game 1 of the World Series.
• Roberto Perez joined Yogi Berra (1956), Gene Tenace (1972), Johnny Bench (1976) and Gary Carter (1986) as the only five catchers in history to hit two home runs in a World Series game.
• Maury Brown reported MLB sponsorships in 2016 will reap $360-400 million to already robust bottom line.
And last, but certainly not least, Sammy Sosa tweeted his congratulations to the Cubs for winning the pennant and playing in the World Series.
This Day in Cubstory
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2012 – Royals claimed Chris Volstad off waivers from the Cubs
2011 – Cubs officially name Jed Hoyer Executive Vice President and General Manager
2011 – Cubs officially name Jason McLeod Senior Vice President of Player Development and Amateur Scouting
2008 – Aramis Ramirez won the Hank Aaron Award for being the top offensive player in the National League
2003 – Cubs granted free agency to Doug Glanville
2001 – Cubs released Jose Fernandez
1994 – Cubs granted free agency to Chuck Crim
1992 – Cubs granted free agency to Greg Maddux and Dave Smith
1990 – Cubs granted free agency to Curt Wilkerson
1978 – Cubs released Rudy Meoli
1951 – Steve Ontiveros, born
1934 – Cubs traded Pat Malone and cash to the Cardinals for Ken O’Dea