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.
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.
Answering Big Ten reader questions on Tommy Armstrong Jr., Ohio State's control of its playoff destiny and more.
Willson Contreras took his time getting out of the box on a hit in the ninth inning of Game 1, an act he later apologized for to Indians and Cubs fans.
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
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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.
Buster Olney talks to Tim Kurkjian, Jordan Bastian and Mark Gonzales about the Indians Game 1 win, Corey Kluber's performance and more. Plus, a chat with Andrew Miller.
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."
Buster Olney recaps Game 1 of the World Series, including a dominant outing by Corey Kluber, Andrew Miller getting out of a jam and much more.
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.
With Notre Dame sitting at 2-5, Brian Kelly is on pace for just his second losing campaign in 26 seasons of coaching college football.
Will Jake Arrieta overpower the Indians with his heat, or will his second-half struggles haunt a Cubs team taking on Trevor Bauer? Setting up Game 2 of the World Series.
The Cubs were a 64 percent favorite to win the World Series heading into Game 1. Now, it's essentially a 50-50 series, according to ZiPS. What do the projections say about Game 2?
The Tigers look to overcome what appears to be the last major hurdle between them and the ACC title game.
Notre Dame is suffering through a 2-5 season so far. Is it hurting the Irish on the recruiting trail? Are verbal commits jumping ship?
One loss. On the road. To a Cy Young winner. No big deal, right? Wrong. The Cubs are in a World Series bind that could prove too tough to untangle.
A win over the Vikings would allow the Bears to catch their breath going into the bye after a brutal seven-game stretch to open the season.
Blame the offense? No way. Jon Lester is the first to admit that his poor start Tuesday gave the Indians all the mojo they needed in Game 1.
Kyle Schwarber's performance was the silver lining of the Cubs' Game 1 loss, one that declared he's not just here in the World Series as a good story.