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Why the Cubs are in more trouble than you might think

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.

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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

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Corey Kluber, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen have worked 58.3% of the innings thrown by Indians' pitchers in this postseason. (46 2/3 of 80).

ESPN Stats and Information  

Andrew Miller is up to 24 strikeouts this postseason. The only relief pitcher with more strikeouts in a single postseason is Francisco Rodriguez, who had 28 in 2002 for the Angels (13 in the World Series alone).

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.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Indians outfielder Rajai Davis wasn't very pleased when he caught a shallow fly ball in the seventh inning Tuesday, threw home and missed an opportunity to double up Kyle Schwarber, who had strayed about 50 feet off the second base bag. "I just wanted to crawl under a rug," Davis said. "I was like, 'Man, that could have been a triple play -- or at least a double play. All I had to do was run it to second for an easy out." Fortunately for Davis, Andrew Miller struck out Addison Russell and David Ross to escape a bases-loaded jam.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon said he liked David Ross against Andrew Miller with the bases loaded in the seventh inning in Game 1 over a pinch hitter because he felt Ross gave the Cubs the best chance at a walk OR hit. Ross struck out to end the Cubs best threat of the night.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Cubs haven't ruled out the possibility of Kyle Schwarber playing LF at Wrigley. But when asked if that was possible, he replied, simply: "No"