Buster Olney talks to Jerry Crasnick about his expectations for the World Series. Plus, he welcomes former Indians manager Mike Hargrove, ESPNChicago's Jesse Rogers and Todd Radom for a World Series edition of uniform trivia.
The latest news as the Cubs and Indians prepare for the World Series, including notes on Jason Kipnis, Cleveland's rotation, pitch-framing and more.
Here are a few things you should pay attention to when you tune in to the World Series this week.
Only the Cubs and Indians remain, but all four teams in the LCS made it there with an individual brand of analytical credentials. And you thought sabermetrics made baseball boring.
Buster Olney recaps Saturday night's NLCS victory for the Cubs, which sends the franchise to its first World Series since 1945.
Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer
Get-in for WS Game 1 is hovering around $730, the cheapest since Cubs clinched. With volume selling, don't expect it to go much lower.
Ohio State's loss at Penn State was the Big Ten's biggest surprise in Week 8, but -- save for Michigan -- the other front-runners also had struggles.
Even at 80 percent, Jay Cutler represents the Bears' best shot to beat the Vikings next week.
It's looking more and more likely that Kyle Schwarber is going to join the Cubs' World Series party in an active role. So how can the team utilize him?
In comparing the pennant winners position by position, can the Cubs' star power and rotation top the Indians' platoons and pen?
Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday night had an average of 9.7 million viewers, the most-watched LCS telecast since the San Francisco Giants-Philadelphia Phillies game in 2010.
Cleveland hasn't won since 1948. The Chicago Cubs, of course, haven't won since 1908.
The Indians will start Corey Kluber for Game 1 of the World Series against the Cubs and could have injured pitcher Danny Salazar -- out since September -- at their disposal in some capacity.
Dan Mullen ESPN.com
Cubs signs are all over the Windy City but turning UBS into CUBS in front of a Chicago landmark is the best yet.
Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer
Cubs fan in security line at O'Hare letting frantic people jump ahead of him, saying: "All the stress in my life is gone. I'm stress-free."
With teams from their respective hometowns meeting in the World Series, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are working on an appropriate wager.
Cubs' World Series drought in perspective
The Cubs have played 11,309 games since their last World Series appearance. Much has changed in that time.
Bryant, Fowler make Cubs history
Kris Bryant's RBI single in the first inning on Saturday gave him 11 postseason RBIs with the Cubs -- the most of any player in franchise history, per the Elias Sports Bureau. Bryant's hit scored Dexter Fowler, whose 14 runs scored are the most of any Cubs player in the postseason.
Pitching puts Cubs in the World Series
The Cubs faced the minimum amount of batters against the Dodgers on Saturday, the second time that's happened in a nine-inning game in postseason history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The other instance was Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series.
¿Se rompió la maldición de la cabra?
Esta vez no apareció un gato negro de la nada, como en 1969. Tampoco estuvo Steve Bartman como en el 2003, ni hubo un error de Leon Durham como en 1984. Pero todavía queda romper la maldición de la cabra. Leer
Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer
Topps is selling signed Kris Bryant "NL Champs" cards over the next 24 hours for $200 to $2,000 each, depending on the card's print run