MLB Picks: 2016 World Series Final
Chicago Cubs vs Cleveland Indians MLB World Series Preview
Strangers in the Night could be a theme song for the 2016 MLB Fall Classic as the Cubs and Indians are on baseball's biggest stage for the first time since 1945 and 1997 respectively. Also, there isn't a lot of history here as these teams have battled just 18 times since 1997. The Indians aim to join the Cavaliers as the first NBA and MLB same year/city winners since the LA Lakers and LA Dodgers won titles in 1988. SportsInteraction is loaded with World Series betting odds - including LIVE wagering options that will be offered during every match. Check back prior to the start of each Fall Classic contest for our game day predictions. Gazing deep into our preverbal crystal ball - let's have a look at how a Chicago Cubs vs Cleveland Indians seven-game MLB Championship Series might play out.
MLB 2016 World Series Wrap: Bettors Boost Their Wagering Bankroll at SportsInteraction
Prior to the start of the 2016 Fall Classic, our Crew collaborated and decided to look at Chicago Cubs vs Cleveland Indians World Series matchup as whole first and then game-by-game. The overall exercise was geared more towards novice bettors but it ended up providing valuable information to sharps and squares alike. Looking at the series on a whole helped us gain valuable perspective for our World Series futures wager and we uncovered “tells” suggesting we were in for a long series. Looking back on our original thoughts helped while making our daily predictions as we recorded a 5-2 overall mark on our seven game day calls. Getting greedy with Game 5 call is still a burr under our saddle but it further reinforces the fact that Greed Kills! If you bet - please do it responsibly.
We have now tallied the numbers and the overall profit on our 2016 MLB World Series suggested wagers comes in at $267 from a $1,640 total risk on eight wagers. Our futures backup bet is not included in the risk total as that wager had a guaranteed positive return. While our Fall Classic profit isn’t retirement money, the shade over 16% return is respectable. Although we were a little late to the window, to place our Fall Classic futures backup bet, we did recover the original investment while earning a small profit. As mentioned in our close eleven days ago, futures wagering requires a leap of faith and ties up some bankroll cash. However, when done properly "Championship Futures Betting" series can help deliver some super sweet rewards. Our next series will roll out once we near the start of the NFL Super Bowl, NBA Finals and NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. Keeping with our 2016 MLB Fall Classic series format, those tips will feature LIVE odds from the best sportsbooks in the online betting industry. Meanwhile, our regular season betting picks are updated regularly.
World Series Betting Picks Follow Up:
- Game 1: Cleveland (Money Line +170) Indians 6-0
- Game 2: Chicago (Money Line -155) Cubs 5-1
- Game 3: Chicago (Money Line -235) Indians 1-0
- Game 4: Cleveland (ATS +1.5 -185) Indians 7-2
- Game 5: Chicago (ATS -1.5 -110) Cubs 3-2
- Game 6: Chicago (Money Line -155) Cubs 9-3
- Game 7: Cleveland (ATS +1.5 -165) Cubs 8-7 (F/10)
Game 1 Chicago @ Cleveland Prediction: Indians (+170) Money Line SportsInteraction
Game 1 fires out of the gate at 8:00 PM ET on October 25, 2016, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, where weather is expected to be dry but cool at around 40 degrees at game time. Indians ace RHP Corey Kluber (18-9 ERA 3.14) is up against Cubs veteran LHP Jon Lester (19-5 ERA 2.44) in the mound matchup. Kluber has given up two runs over 18.1 innings during his first three playoff starts while Lester gave up two runs over 21 innings over his three outings. Fully expecting a low scoring pitchers duel in the 2016 MLB World Series opener - Game 1 goes to Kluber and the Indians.
Kluber Clubs Cubs: Apart from the lopsided 6-0 final score, Game 1 of the 2016 Fall Classic went pretty much how we envisioned it would. Cleveland starter Corey Kluber was lights out as he struck out a playoff record eight hitters over the first three innings and the Indians bullpen worked three scoreless innings to close out the contest. Selected in the 33rd round of the 2008 MLB Draft "light hitting" catcher Roberto Perez clubbed a pair of home runs to boost the Tribe. SportsInteraction's +170 ML price paid our readers handsomely as we look to keep things rolling in Game 2 tonight.
Game 2 Cubs @ Indians Prediction: Chicago (-155) Money Line SportsInteraction
Getting right back it, Game 2 goes at 7:00 PM ET on October 26, 2016, again in Cleveland. Indians RHP Trevor Bauer (12-8 ERA 4.26) faces Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta (18-8 ERA 3.10) in the battle on the bump. After allowing three runs over 4.3 innings during the Indians 5-4 win over Boston in Game 1 of the ALDS, a cut finger forced Bauer out of Game 3 of the ALCS after he faced just four Toronto Blue Jays hitters. The Cubs uncharacteristically lost Arrieta’s first two playoff starts as he gave up six runs over eleven innings pitched. We like the Cubs to even up the series with a Game 2 victory.
Arrieta Avalanche Crushes Cleveland: We're down to a best of five Fall Classic fight after Jake Arrieta and the Cubbies cruised past Cleveland with a 5-1 win during Game 2 of the 2016 World Series. Arrieta took a no-hitter into the sixth as he combined with relievers Mike Montgomery and Aroldis Chapman to hold the Indians to one run on four hits and twelve strikeouts. Playing in just his second game this season, DH Kyle Schwarber went 2-4 and he drove in two runs for Chicago. We’ll gladly take our -155 ML win and move on to Game 3 in what will be a delirious Windy City.
Game 3 Cleveland @ Chicago Prediction: Cubs (-235) Money Line SportsInteraction
After a travel day, the scene shifts to the Windy City as Chicago hosts the first World Series match at Wrigley Field since October 10, 1945. Fans are paying up to $12K per ticket to watch Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (16-8 ERA 2.13) toe the rubber vs Indians RHP Josh Tomlin (13-9 ERA 4.40) at 8:00 PM ET on October 28, 2016. Hendricks led the Majors with his tiny ERA and allowed three runs over 16.2 innings during four playoff appearances. Tomlin gave up three runs over 10.2 innings during wins against Boston and Toronto in two postseason starts. Cubbies take a 2-1 World Series lead.
Coco Crisp is Clutch: Despite big winds blowing out of Wrigley Field in the Windy City, Game 3 of the 2016 World Series belonged to the pitchers and a pinch hitter as Cleveland posted a 1-0 win to take a 2-1 series lead in the MLB Fall Classic. The Indians had eight hits, while the Cubs managed just five, and the teams combined to strikeout 18 times while drawing just four walks. Pinch hitter Coco Crisp delivered a single in the top of the seventh to score Michael Martinez who entered the game as a pinch runner. The Cubs now face a near "must win" situation in Game 4 tonight.
Game 4 Indians @ Cubs Prediction: Cleveland +1.5 (-185) ATS SportsInteraction
Facing a must win situation, Cleveland sends out RHP Danny Salazar (11-6 ERA 3.87) to face RHP John Lackey (11-8 ERA 3.35) when Game 4 goes at 8:00 PM ET on October 29, 2016, at Wrigley Field. After missing the previous two series, due to a forearm strain, Salazar makes his 2016 playoff debut here. Lackey pitched four innings against both the Giants and Dodgers, giving up two runs to San Francisco and three to Los Angeles, during 10-2 and 6-5 Chicago wins. Neither starter lasts long here and the Indians middle relief will be better than the Cubs as the Tribe tie the series.
GAME 4 UPDATE: Being as this article was written prior to Game 1 of the 2016 World Series, we need to make our first forecast update. Smelling blood in the water, Cleveland is going with their ace Corey Kluber, who will work on three days rest, instead of one of their fourth starters tonight. Our forecasted Game 4 starter Danny Salazar may get the call Game 5 now. It's a bold move but, if Kluber struggles, the Indians have a deep bullpen to bail him out. We'll take the Tribe with runs.
Cleveland Rocks: Following a convincing 7-2 Game 4 victory in Chicago, Cleveland has taken a commanding 3-1 lead in the MLB Fall Classic. Well on his way to possibly winning the World Series MVP Award, Corey Kluber was lights out again; allowing one run, on five hits, with six strikeouts during six innings of work. The Indians 2, 3 and 4 hitters went 8 for 13 and drove in five runs. Not feeling it would be so easy for the Indians, we took the runs offered at SportsInteraction to push our record to 3-1 through the first four games. It's now or never for the Cubbies in Game 5 tonight.
Game 5 Cleveland @ Chicago Prediction: Cubs -1.5 (-110) ATS SportsInteraction
Down to a best of three series, the Game 1 starters head back the hill as Corey Kluber looks to send the Indians home with a 3-2 series lead. Jon Lester is aiming to give the Cubs faithful a win during the final game of the 2016 MLB season at Wrigley Field, which goes at 8:00 PM ET on October 30, 2016. Kluber enters his fifth playoff game while Lester is appearing in his 21st MLB postseason contest. We’re calling for a pitchers duel in the Game 1 but see the Cubs jumping out to an early lead, making it a short night for Kluber, as Chicago goes up 3-2 heading back to Cleveland.
GAME 5 UPDATE: After the Indians sent Corey Kluber to the bump on three days rest in Game 4, Trevor Bauer will do the same for Cleveland tonight. This will be the first time in his career that Bauer has worked on short rest. Looking to push the Fall Classic back to Cleveland, and save their season, the Cubs are sending Game 1 starter Jon Lester to bump on regular rest. After giving up just two runs over 18.1 during his first three postseason starts, Lester gave up three runs in the Cubs 6-0 loss in Game 1. We feel Lester will help Chicago force a Game 6 with a solid start here.
Cubs Live - Greed Kills: Our forecast had the Cubs not getting blown away in the Windy City and Chicago squeaked out a 3-2 Game 5 victory to send the Fall Classic back to Cleveland with the Indians up 3-2 in the series. Jon Lester was strong as he gave up two runs, on four hits with five strikeouts, over six innings. Trevor Bauer didn’t fair well on short rest as he surrendered three runs and six hits over four frames. Frustrated by not taking advantage of the run line prices earlier in the series - we got greedy and it cost us as the Cubbies didn't cover the spread. We are disappointed we strayed off our winning path as this series of predictions was focused on medium risk wagers that were designed to consistently add decent winnings to our betting bankroll. We'll discuss this more in our World Series wrap up and our Game 6 prediction will be posted early on Tuesday.
Game 6 Cubs @ Indians Prediction: Chicago (-155) Money Line SportsInteraction
While North America celebrates Halloween night, the Cubs and Indians are on a travel day prior to Game 6, which pushes us into the eighth month of the current MLB year. It’s another 8:00 PM ET start and Progressive Field will be a madhouse on November 1, 2016. Trevor Bauer gets his fourth playoff start as he battles Jake Arrieta, who is making his seventh postseason start, in a rematch of the Game 2 mound matchup. Still not a proven “big stage” starter, and although he doesn’t get blown out, Arrieta gives up a few too many runs and Cleveland sends the Fall Classic to its limit.
GAME 6 UPDATE: Will Chicago force a Game 7 in the 2016 World Series or will Cleveland close out the Fall Classic with a win tonight? That question will be answered shortly as Jake Arrieta is set to duel Josh Tomlin in near perfect conditions at Progressive Field. We are backing off our feelings about Arrieta (written a week ago) as he picked up the Cubs after they lost Game 1 by pitching a gem in Game 2. Tomlin pitched 4.2 scoreless innings during the Indians 1-0 Game 3 victory in the Windy City. Feeling the Cubbies have a last gasp, we are taking Chicago to force the Lamborghini of Sports Championship Series – a Game 7 showdown for all the marbles on Wednesday night.
Colossal Clubbing: Stealing a signature phrase from legendary Cubs announcer, the late-great Harry Caray; HOLY COW! That pretty much sums up Chicago’s colossal 9-3 clubbing of Cleveland during Game 6 of the 2016 MLB World Series. Jake Arrieta was super sharp again as he allowed two runs, on three hits, while striking out nine Indians over 5.2 innings. A night after Halloween, Josh Tomlin was handing out treats as Chicago roughed him up for six runs over just 2.1 innings. Led by SS Addison Russell, who hit a grand slam to make the score 7-0 in in the top of the third, the Cubs 3 thru 6 hitters went 11 for 19 (.579 AVG) and drove in all nine Chicago runs. All right folks, it's Seventh Heaven as we look to close out our profitable Fall Classic run on a high note.
Game 7 Cubs @ Indians Prediction: Cleveland +1.5 (-165) ATS SportsInteraction
Baseball fans get treated to the third World Series Game 7 contest in six years when the Cubs and Indians square off at 8:00 PM ET on November 2, 2016. Cleveland will be rocking when Game 3 starters Kyle Hendricks and Josh Tomlin hook up in the Fall Classic clinching contest. It’s all hands on deck as every pitcher except the Game 6 starters will be available to managers Terry Francona and Joe Maddon in this contest. It’s a “Bad News Bears” scenario for the heavily favoured Chicago Cubs as the scrappy Cleveland Indians squeak out a win and claim the MLB Commissioner's Trophy.
GAME 7 UPDATE: Mildly satisfied with our 2016 MLB World Series 145 or 300 unit guaranteed return, we are going to leave our futures backup bet as our only wager tonight. Details on how the profit was earned follow below. If we were forced to make a definitive prediction – it’s difficult to bet against Corey Kluber but how he responds to so little rest is a concern. The Cubs have a weary arm in stud closer Aroldis Chapman as well. If you let us use your SportsInteraction $200 Free Bet first deposit bonus, we would take the +1.5 (-165) ATS run line and back Cleveland to cover.
Wow - So much to discuss! It's 1908 vs 1948 as the Cubs or Indians are going to snap a long MLB Championship drought tonight. The suspense and grandeur of a World Series Game 7 will unfold when Corey Kluber (second start on three days rest) faces Kyle Hendricks (on full rest) in this winner take all contest. Kluber baffled the Cubs with 15 strikeouts, while allowing one run on nine hits, over twelve innings during his Game 1 and 4 starts. Hendricks was handed a hard-luck no-decision after he gave up zero runs, on six hits over 4.1 innings, in the Indians 1-0 Game 3 win in Chicago.
Believe It Or Not File: Yours truly, StatsGuru, remembers the last time a pitcher started and won three games during a World Series. That would be Mickey Lolich, in 1968, as he and the Detroit Tigers helped start a much needed healing process in a riot-torn Motor City. A surreal memory. If Cleveland gets up early, the Indians bullpen will secure Kluber's third victory and his MVP award.
Keeping with our full discloser mantra, we apologize for breaking one of our Cardinal Rules when it comes to futures betting. Prior to Game 1, we bet 500 units on the Indians on a ticket that returned an 800 profit if Cleveland captured the Fall Classic. Once Cleveland went up 3-1, we should have backed-up that wager as the Cubs were sporting a healthy +325 line prior to winning two in a row. Extenuating circumstances led to this slipping through a crack and that rule won’t be broken again. Though the returns have lost significant value - we want our original five-unit investment back. We are putting 625 on the Cubs (-120) ML at SportsInteraction. We earn twenty units if Chicago wins and a 175 profit if Cleveland claims the World Series. Hoping for a beauty eh - Enjoy Game 7.
Cubs Win! Cubs Wins! A historic 2016 MLB World Series is now complete. Talk about going out in style! Congratulations to Joe Maddon and the Chicago Cubs on claiming their first Fall Classic since 1908. Seventh Heaven was all fans could hope for and more as the Cubbies won an 8-7 ten inning slugfest. After the Indians came back from 6-3 down to tie the game in the eighth, and then scored a run in the bottom of the tenth trailing 8-6, we feel fortunate our Game 7 Cleveland run line call cashed. Although we should have done it much sooner, we feel good about backing up our pre-series futures wager. We converted what would've been a huge 500 unit loss into a minimal 20 unit gain. While the gain is minor - we did well to cover what would have been a major loss.
2016 Major League Baseball World Series Online Sportsbook Betting Tips
More rare than an Albatross, here at Canada Sports Betting, we have to tag the above MLB 2016 World Series “prediction” with a disclaimer and offer some sportsbook betting advice. At the time of publishing, Cleveland had only confirmed their starters for the first three games and Lester was the only pitcher announced by the Cubs as he will start Game 1. We always urge bettors to play with a full deck and, when it comes to MLB betting, that means knowing who the starting pitchers are before placing any game day wagers. With that information available to us – we are backing Cleveland in Game 1 of the 2016 MLB Fall Classic with the (+170) ML price at SportsInteraction.
It’s a different story when it comes to World Series futures odds as they do require a certain leap of faith. The Cubs are thick chalk at SportsInteraction for a few reasons with hitting and pitching leading the way. Home field advantage, earned when the American League won the 2016 All-Star game, a deep bullpen, as well as speed on the base paths, are the Indians strong suits. Our call, prior to Game 1 of the MLB 2016 World Series, is back Cleveland to claim the Fall Classic. You can wager on the series, game by game odds, proposition offers and LIVE during the matches, at any of the top ranked sportsbooks here at Canadian Sports Betting. Good Luck during the World Series!
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