#Cubs and Arrieta face Indians in G6

Kyle Schwarber may not be able to play in the field but he has been getting on base so manager Joe Maddon moved him up to the No. 2 spot in the Cubs lineup for Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night at Progressive Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:08 p.m. CT. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Schwarber DH

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist LF

Russell SS

Contreras C

Heyward RF

Baez 2B

Schwarber, who was unable to start in any of the three games at Wrigley Field, has three hits and two walks so far in the Series. He tore two ligaments in his left knee in the third game of the season and was not medically cleared to play in the field, so Schwarber has been limited to being the designated hitter. He batted fifth in Games 1 and 2 in Cleveland.

Jake Arrieta will make his fourth postseason road start, which is tied for the most by any pitcher in a single postseason. It’s the most by any Cubs pitcher, topping Kerry Wood’s three postseason road starts in 2003.

The Indians pitchers have been tough, combining for a 1.84 ERA in the five games so far. The Cubs were batting .210 in the World Series, and have been outhomered, 5-2.

 

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Aloha Folks! I like this lineup! By putting Schwarber behind Fowler, he seems more apt to drive Dexter in if on base. I also think there is the possibility that he see better pitches with Bryant behind him. The same could be said for Rizzo with Zobrist behind him. Really need for the later part of the order to produce. Also need for them to play great heads-up defense, no throwing errors or pitchers not covering first. They have to play well tonight and they have it in them. Go Cubs! Mahalo!

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Making me nervous. Need some more runs.

Aloha Tom! I am with you, what a blessing today! Mahalo!

Wow! Game 7! But help me out here. Has Maddon lost faith in the rest of our bullpen after Montgomery?

Absolutely, he has, Bruce. It`s Montgomery and Chappy whom Maddon trusts. That`s the list. That`s a problem the Cubs need to address in 2017, but in the meantime, we need to find a way to win a championship for the first time since 1908. Do not like one bit Maddon`s decision to utilize Aroldis tonight with a five- run lead, and it underscores the reality that Maddon has no confidence in the likes of Rondon, or anyone else not named Montgomery and Chapman. Did you like the way we made Miller and Allen irrelevant tonight? That needs to be the formula for Game 7. But if it is not, then perhaps a Lester or Lackey could play pivotal roles in Wednesday`s game. It`s all hand on deck for Game 7. That applies to both the Indians and Cubs. This is what serious sports fans covet, namely seeing which players perform under pressure, and Games 7 provide that challenge in spades. I like the way the Cubs are finally performing. A friend asked me today before Game 6 if I thought the Cubs could win the WS. I replied they could if they played the way I have observed them perform in the 2016 regular season, and added that I have not seen that from the Cubs to that point in the WS. Even in the games the Cubs won, it was not the way they succeeded in the 2016 regular season. I observed something familiar tonight, namely a lineup which provided some much needed offense. I believe getting away from Chicago and all that hysteria and pressure is the best tonic one could hope for. I like our chances in Game 7 Wednesday.

Aloha jhosk & jasper, what about the use of Chapman again then possibly getting hurt tonight? I hope Chapman is all right. But again, Lester/Lackey are available. It is Game 7, you do what you have to. Mahalo!

Aloha Bruce & jhosk, you can bet tomorrow Francona will put in Miller and Allen! It is the game of the season. So, just like tonight, the team needs to score early and often before Kluber gets yanked. The Cubs are in a good position starting rotation wise, because they are all rested so before Maddon has to go to the bp like you mentioned jhosk, utilize Lackey and Lester. Gosh you could put in Lester first then Lackey, then go Wood/Montgomery. Mess the Indians up a little with a r/l/r/l…combination. I have to give Maddon kudos because he got the message and conveyed especially to the young guys, lay off of the breaking “junk” in the dirt! We saw the results tonight! Kluber has been tremendous and his ball has a lot of movement, so patient is order and run that pitch count up and in one’s favor! Hang I n there now! Mahalo!

Would like to see the Cubs bunt some of those low pitches. Also see Baez perform at the plate like he does on the field. Schwarber with a monster home run tonight! Will be a nail biter for sure.

Aloha Tom- yes it will be nail-biter for sure! In regard to Baez, I think it was in game 5 where he laid down a bunt and got on safely! So, he definitely has it in him to play small-ball. They will need it tonight because Kluber, even though on less rest, has been awesome in the playoffs. So, they need to get on anyway they can and run on him too! I mentioned before yesterday’s game by having Schwarber in the lineup and where they put him, other batters would see better pitches, especially if they were patient; it paid off! So tonight is no different. They need to score early and play great defense. We can almost count on Miller and Allen coming in unless some great/drastic happens. Take care now. Mahalo! PS: A Schwarber knock would be awesome!

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