This is the 32nd deciding game in World Series history which seems remarkable only if you don’t think the 2 best teams always advance (and they don’t, another way of looking at the same statistics is that flukes and mismatches are the norm, representing almost 70% of all cases).

Baseball fans tend to be numbers fans also because there are just so many of them. They pretend it’s an indicator of rationality and predictability but these very same people will then turn their Caps inside out if their team is behind; refuse to bathe, shave, or wash their clothes; or believe in goat curses.

Honey, I hate to say it, but what you smell is you. Get a shower and brush your teeth why not. The reason they call it ‘Magical’ thinking is that there is no cause and effect that connects your ‘Good Luck Socks’ to what happens between the foul lines.

In this game however, the past * is* the future as each team has made some critical compromises to arrive at this point. Sure, Corey Kluber is a future Hall of Famer but is the 6th time the charm or is 30+ Innings (12 in this Series) more than enough? The Indians have a Bullpen too.

On the Cubs side Hendricks is a lot fresher, but has a lot of No Decisions and as many Losses as Wins. Sure his ERA is 0.00, but it’s based on 4 Innings and doesn’t include 6 scattered Hits. I don’t think he looks all that overpowering though the numbers say different. Chapman is the next Rivera, you heard it here first, but can he come back after last night’s work?

Well the answer is yes. He came in in the 7th but left in the 9th and he didn’t throw an unusually high number of pitches. Just another day at the Ball Park for him regardless of what the announcers say. The rest of the Bullpen ain’t much, but they have a bunch of lightly used starters who’ll be playing golf tomorrow win or lose.

So, we shall see. I won’t tell you I’m rooting for the club with the 108 year drought because of Bill Murray but it’s true enough and we shall see.

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Vent Hole

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First Pitch Strike

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Solo Shot. Cubs 1 – 0

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Infield Single

Not a discouraging start!

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Fly Out. 1 Gone

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Another Fly. 2 Out

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Steal

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Bottom 1st

The Game so far

The Top of the 1st with Corey Kluber pitching for Cleveland

The first pitch to Fowler was a strike, on pitch #4 he hit a lead off Home Run

Kyle Scwarber singles;

Kris Bryant flies out to right field

Anthony Rizzo flies out to center. 2 outs

Scwarber steals 2nd

Corey Zobrist flies out to center to retire the side

Cubs 1 – Cleveland 0

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First Pitch Fly Out

Bottom of the 1st Kyle Hendricks pitching for the Cubs

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KO. Out 2

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Throwing Error. 1 On

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Force. Top 2nd

Carlos Santana flies out to right

Jason Kipnis struck out 2 outs

Francisco Lindor to first on throwing error

Napoli grounds out to end the 1st ining

Cubs 1 – Cleveland 0

Top of the 2nd Inning: Corey Kluber pitching for Cleveland

Addison Russell pop fly to left.

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Pop. 1

Willson Contreras flies out to left. 2 outs

Jason Heyward flies out to center to retire the side

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Foul. 2

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Bottom 2nd

Bottom of the 2nd. Kyle Hendricks pitching for the Cubs

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A Leadoff Error

Jose Ramirez singles on a line drive

Ramirez picked off at 1st

Lonnie Chisenhall singles o a liine drive to left

Rajai Davis grounded into a double play to end the 2nd inning

Cubs – Cleveland o

Top of the 3rd. Corey Kluber pitching for Cleveland

Javier Baez flies out to left

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Long Fly. 1

Dexter Fowler flies out to right. 2 out

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Another. 2

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Out going for 2nd. Bottom 3rd

Kyle Schwarber singles on a line to left, out at 2nd to retire the side

Bottom of the 3rd. Kyle Kendricks pitching for the Cubs

Coco Crisp lead off double

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Leadoff Double

Roberto Perez bunts, out at 1st. Crisp to 3rd

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Sacrifice Bunt

Carlos Santana singles to left. Crisp scores to tie the game

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RBI Single. Tied at 1

Jason Kipnis singles on a ground ball, Santana safe at 2nd with 1 out

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Error. 2 On 1 Out

Lindor flies out to left. Runners hold 2 outs

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Big Fly Out. 2 Done

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Top 4th

Napoli lines out to end the 3rd inning

Cubs 1 – Cleveland 1

Top of the 4th inning Corey Kluber pitching for Cleveland

Kris Bryant lead of single

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Single. A good start

Rizzo hit by pitch. 2 on No outs

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HBP

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Fielder’s Choice. Corners

Zobrist singles, Rizzo out at 2nd. Bryant to 3rd

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RBI Sacrifice. Cubs 2 – 1

Russell sac fly to center. Bryant scores. Zobrist to 2nd

Cubs 2 – Cleveland 1 2 outs

What a slide!

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RBI Double. Cubs 3 -1

Contreras doubles on a fly to center. Zobrist scores

Cubs 3 – Cleveland 1 with 2 outs

Heyward pops out to infield to retire the side

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Bottom 4th

Bottom of the 4th. Kyle Hendricks pitching fo rthe Cubs

Ramirez grounds out

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Out at 1st

Chisenhall flies out to left

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Fly. 2

Rajai Davis flies into right to end the 4th

Cubs 3 – Cleveland 1

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Top 5th

Top of the 5th. Corey Kluber pitching for Cleveland

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Leadoff Solo Shot. Cubs 4 – 1

Baez lead off solo Home Run

Cubs 4 – Cleveland 1

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Ladies and Gentlemen… Kluber has left the building.

Cleveland pitching change: Andrew Miller in for Kluber

Fowler singles on a ground ball to left

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And a Single. No Out

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Double Play

Scwarber grounds into a double play. 2 outs

Bryant walked with 2 outs

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2 Out Walk

Rizzo RBI double

Cubs 5 – Cleveland 1 with 2 outs

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RBI Double. Cubs 5 – 1

Zobrist flies out far left center to retire the side

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Bottom 5th

Bottom of the 5th. Kyle Hendricks pitching for the Cubs

Crisp grounds out

Perez struck out. 2 outs

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Ground Out 1

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KO. 2

Santana walked

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2 Out Walk.

Cubs pitching change Jon Lester in for Hendricks

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Error. 2nd and 3rd

Kipnis grounds into a double. Santana tp 3rd with 2 outs

Wild pitch. 2 RBI’s

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Wild Pitch. 2 Runs Score. Cubs 5 – 3

Cubs 5 – Cleveland 3

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Top 6th

Lindor struck out to end the 5th innng

Cubs 5 _ Cleveland 3

Top of the 6th Andrew Miller pitching for Cleveland

Russell fouls out

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Pop Foul. 1

David Ross Home Run in his final game.

Cubs 6 – Cleveland 3

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Solo Shot. Cubs 6 – 3

Heyward grounds out. 2 outs

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Out at 1st. 2 Out

Baez struck out to retire the side

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Bottom 6th

Bottom of the 6th. Jon Lester pitching for the Cubs

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Leadoff KO. Good for him.

Napoli Struck out

Ramirez grounds out . 2 outs

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Gunned down at 1st. 2

Brandon Guyer, hitting for Chisenhall, singles on a ground ball to left

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Top 7th

Davis grounds out into a fielder’s choice to end the 6th inning

Cubs 6 – Cleveland 3

Top of the 7th. Andrew Miller pitching for Cleveland

Fowler with a leaf off single

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Leadoff Single

Nice start to the 7th

Schwarber flies out to left. Fowler holds at 1st. 1 out

Cleveland pitching change: CodyAllen in for Miller

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Line Out

Allen obsessed with trying to pick off Fowler.

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Strike Out/Throw Out Double Play. Bottom 7th

Bryant out on swinging strike Fowler caught stealing 2nd for qa double play to retire the side

Cubs 6 – Cleveland 3

Bottom of the 7th.Jon Lester pitching for the Cubs

Crisp flies out to left

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8 Left

Perez walked with 1out

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1 Out Walk

Naquin in running for Perez

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Sacrifice

Santana grounds out Naquin to 2nd

Kipnis struck out to end the 7th inning

Cubs 6 – Cleveland 3

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Top 8th

Top of the 8th. Cody Allen pitching for Cleveland

Rizzo out at 1st on a wild pitch

Zobrist grounds out. 2 outs

Russell pop fly to retire the side

Bottom of the 8th. Jon Lester pitching for the Cubs

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Bottom 8th

Lindor grounds out

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5 Left

1 down 5 to go.

Napoli struck out. 2 outs

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4 left

Ramirez singles on a ground ball

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Another fucking Error. 1 On 2 Out

Cubs pitching change: Aroldis Chapman in for Lester for the last 4 outs

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Chapman In

Guyer RBI doubles to right center field. Ramirez scores

Cubs 6- Cleveland 4

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RBI Double. Cubs 6 – 4

Shit.

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2 RBI HR. Tied at 6

Davis RBI Home Run to tie the game

Crisp singles

Can they bring Lester back?

Yan Gomes struck out to end the inning

Cubs 6 – Cleveland 6

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A Single

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Top 9th

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O-Ren Ishii: You didn’t think it was gonna be that easy, did you?

The Bride: You know, for a second there, yeah, I kinda did.

Top of the 9th. Cody Allen pitching for Cleveland

Ross lead off walk

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And a Walk to Leadoff

Chris Coghlan running for Ross.

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Force. 1 Down

Heyward to first on a ground ball. Coghlan out at 2nd. 1 out

Cleveland pitching change: Bryan Shaw in for Allen.

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Stolen Base. Error. Runner on 3rd.

Heyward steals 2nd advances to 3rd on a throwing error

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KO. 2 Down

Baez out on a foul bunt

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Bottom 9th

Fowler fouls out to retire the side

I can’t believe they are sending Chapman back out there.

Bottom of the 9th. Aroldis Chapman pitching for the Cubs

Santana flies out to center on a full count

Kipnis struck out. 2 outs

Lindor flies out to right to end the 9th inning.

On to the 10th

Cubs 6 – Cleveland 6

And the season goes into extra innings.

Top of the 10th. Bryan Shaw pitching for Cleveland

Rain delay.

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Top 10th

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Extra Inning Single

With Shaw pitching for Cleveland. Schwarber with a lead off single

Bryant sac fly to center. Schwarber to 2nd

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Sacrifice. Runner to 2nd

Rizzo intentionally walkedRizzo intentionally walked

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Intentional Pass

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RBI Double. Cubs 7 – 6

Zobrist RBI double to take the lead. Alamora running for Schwarber scores. Rizzo to 3rd

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Another Intentional Walk

Russell intentionally walked bases loaded with 1 out

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RBI Single. Cubs 8 – 6

Motero singles Rizzo scores

Cubs 8 – Cleveland 6

Cleveland pitching change: Trevor Bauer for Shaw

Heyward struck out 2 outs

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KO for 2

Baez flies out to retire the side

Cubs 8 – Cleveland 6

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So… Indians need 2 in 3 Outs.

Bottom of the 10th Carl Edwards pitching for the Cubs

Far too exciting.

Napoli struck out. 1 out

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2 Left

Ramirez grounds out. 2 outs

Guyer walked

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And… A Walk

Davis RBi single

Cubs 8 – Cleveland 7

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RBI Single. Cubs 8 – 7

Cubs pitching change: Mike Montgomery in for Edwards

Michael Martinez grounds out to end the game

The Cubs Win!!!!

How about that!

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108 Years of Futility- Gone. Cubs 8 – 7 Final.