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Why Cubs' formula won't work against the Indians

The plan that got the Cubs to this point is destined to fail in the Fall Classic. Now it's on Chicago to find a new way to win -- starting tonight.

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Russell, Lindor combine to make history

Addison Russell and Francisco Lindor, both 22 years old, were the starting shortstops for the Cubs and Indians, respectively, in Game 1 of the World Series. It was the first game in WS history in which the opposing starting shortstops were both under the age of 23, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

Shutouts don't bode well for Cubs

With Tuesday's 6-0 loss, the Cubs have been shut out three times this postseason. They are the eighth team all-time to do that, and only the 1981 Dodgers have won the World Series with that happening, per ESPN Stats & Info.

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Kluber, Lester had fastballs working

Corey Kluber's seven strikeouts on fastballs in Game 1 was the most by a pitcher in a single World Series game since ESPN began tracking such data in 2009. Jon Lester was right behind him with six K's on the heater.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite losing Game 1, the Cubs are still the favorites to win the World Series. Current series price from Westgate: Chicago Cubs -120 Cleveland Indians EVEN


Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Nearly eight hours before first pitch of Game 2, the Indians ground crew is putting down the tarp. According to The Weather Channel, rain could start rolling into Cleveland around 1 p.m. ET. Rain and wind could be an issue tonight, one of the reasons the start time was moved up an hour.


Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Miami gave up eight sacks last week in a loss to Virginia Tech, while Notre Dame has struggled to get after the passer (six sacks in seven games). Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he is not reading too much into the Hurricanes' performance last week as an indicator his team might get more sacks Saturday. "Virginia Tech can be an avalanche," Kelly said. "Bud Foster does a great job of doing that against everybody. He's been doing that for 30 years."

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Week 9 in the ACC: What to watch for

Clemson-Florida State is obviously of interest, but Virginia Tech's visit to Pitt on Thursday night might matter quite a bit in the Coastal Division.

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