#Cubs and Lester face Indians in Game 5

Jon Lester will start Sunday in Game 5 of the World Series, hoping to extend the Cubs’ season. Manager Joe Maddon did not shake up the lineup vs. the Indians and Trevor Bauer, who the Cubs beat in Game 2. First pitch will be 7:08 p.m. CT from Wrigley Field.

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist LF

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Baez 2B

Ross C

Lester P

The Cubs need to find some offense but it’ll be tough. The Indians pitchers are 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA in the World Series so far, and 10-2 with a 1.68 ERA in the postseason overall, giving up six home runs over 12 games.

In the Indians’ three wins, they’ve walked four batters and fallen behind in the count, 2-0, 12 times. The Cubs drew eight walks in Game 2 against Trevor Bauer and Co., and four walks total in Games 1, 3 and 4.

This will be Ross’ final home game for the Cubs, and may be his last game. He’s retiring after this season, and in his regular season farewell on Sept. 25, Ross hit a solo home run to help the Cubs beat the Cardinals, 3-1. Lester also asked Maddon to come out and take the catcher out of the game so he could get the proper sendoff by the fans at Wrigley Field.

The Indians will try to win their first World Series since 1948, starting Bauer, who the Cubs beat in Game 2, collecting two runs on six hits over 3 2/3 innings.

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One game at a time. If we play again on Tuesday miracle number one has occurred. If not – Thank you David Ross. You have so blest this team with your awesome presence. Maybe the Real Cubs Team will win one for the gipper?

Hey other guy, you are correct.
Arietta has a good game, they are right back in it.
that two WS wins in our lifetime. 🙂

One game at a time. They still need to find that special spark. Miracle #1 finished. Can only hope #2 is still available on Tuesday.

Aloha jasper & Michael- and the irony is that by going back to Cleveland, Schwarber is back in the line-up. But as you said, one game at a time and I believe Arrieta has another one in the tank and can build off of his last win! Go Cubs go! Mahalo!

Incredible game! Gratz to the boys in blue & the fans on an epic win! My wife has said from day 1 “this is going to game 7,” and since she promised to “love, honor, and root for the Cubs” when we were married 34 years ago, I’ve learned to trust her instincts. But she pointed out things that echo what we’ve been saying here, and I think they’re worth repeating:
1) Stop spectating and run hard out of the box!
2) Go back to what made us so good during the season – Grind out at-bats, make their pitcher throw strikes and STOP expanding the strike zone. Lastly,
3) Play small ball. Bunt for hits; move the runner over; steal a base, and force Cleveland to make the plays.

The Cubs are more talented than the Indians hands down, but they have to get/stay focused on doing what they’ve done all year and not try to do to much. I know Maddon isn’t big on team meetings, but I think he (or a team leader) need to remind the guys of these things, along with the “have fun” Joe’s preached all along. @Carrie, maybe they’d listen to you! 🙂

Did I miss anything? Go Cubs!!!

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