Chicago at Cleveland World Series Game 6 Free Pick & Odds
It’s the biggest baseball game in the city of Cleveland this generation as the Indians can win their first World Series title since 1948 with a victory in Game 6 over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night. A Cubs win forces a Game 7 back in northeast Ohio on Wednesday. And the Cubs are favored on MLB odds to do just that.
How To Bet on the Chicago at Cleveland World Series Game 6 Free Pick, Odds & TV Info
When: Tuesday, 8 p.m. ET
Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland
Probable pitchers (away/home): Jake Arrieta/Josh Tomlin
Radio: Chicago / Cleveland
Opening MLB Lines: Cubs -142, Indians +132 (7)
Why Bet on Chicago?
The Cubs forced a Game 6 with a 3-2 win on Sunday in Game 5 at Wrigley Field — the first game this postseason that the Indians lost when leading at any point. They were up 1-0 in the second inning. Chicago leaned on its star trio of Jon Lester, Kris Bryant and Aroldis Chapman to win. Lester went six strong innings, Bryant hit his first homer of the series and Chapman had the longest save of his career, 2.1 innings.
Chapman had pitched more than two innings just once in his career: when he threw 2.1 innings for the New York Yankees earlier this season in a game against the Indians. Chapman allowed an infield single to Rajai Davis in the eighth, when he failed to cover first after Anthony Rizzo made a diving stop. Davis then stole second. But Chapman worked around it with his 100 mph heat and a few trips to the mound from rookie catcher Willson Contreras.
The Cubs are attempting to become just the sixth of 45 teams to fall behind 3-1 and come back in a best- of-seven World Series. Chicago will get maybe its best hitter back in Cleveland with the return of the DH: Kyle Schwarber. He had two hits and two RBIs in Game 2.
Jake Arrieta starts Tuesday and also pitched Game 2 for Chicago. He got the win, allowing one run and two hits over 5.2 innings with six strikeouts and three walks. Arrieta actually took a no-hitter into the sixth. Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, a die-hard Cubs fan as a kid, doubled with one out in the sixth. Arrieta’s no-hit bid was the longest in a Series game since Jerry Koosman of the New York Mets tossed six no-hit innings in 1969. Schwarber hit an RBI single in the third off Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer and had another in the Cubs’ three-run fifth — highlighted by Ben Zobrist’s run-scoring triple.
Why Bet on Cleveland?
The Indians still did what they came to Chicago to do, namely win two of three games, take control of the 112th World Series and give themselves a chance to win it back in Cleveland, where they went 53-28 during the regular season, tied with the Texas Rangers for the best home record in the American League.
“We’re in good position still. We’re up 3-2 going home,” Cleveland first baseman Mike Napoli said. “We did what we had to do here. We put ourselves in a position to try to win it in a crazy atmosphere. We’re happy with what we did here, and we’re going to get home and play in front of our fans.”
Josh Tomlin is the scheduled Game 6 starter. Tomlin executed especially well in the Tribe’s Game 3 win at Wrigley, commanding his curveball and flummoxing the Cubs down and away. It was, by design, a brief outing, cut short at 56 pitches, because the Indians didn’t want to overtax Tomlin in the event that he had to make this start on three days’ rest. He is 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA in three starts this postseason.
Tomlin has accumulated just 15 1/3 innings, but with the way Cleveland’s bullpen has performed, long starts have not been a necessary component for this club to succeed. Star lefty reliever Andrew Miller, who has produced both quality and quantity for the Tribe, had a night off Sunday. Add in the off-day Monday and there is no telling how many innings Miller could pitch by Tuesday night.
The Indians are equally encouraged by the fact that they have, in their back pocket, Game 7 starter Corey Kluber, whose 0.89 ERA in five starts has made him an October legend.
My Free Prediction
The team that scores first is going to win this game. And I’d say that’s the Cubs in MLB betting.