The Series moves back to Progressive Field in Cleveland after the Indians took 2-of-3 at Wrigley and put Chicago on the brink of ending the season without a championship for the 108th straight year. The Cubs will send Jake Arrieta to the hill opposite Josh Tomlin, who baffled Chicago's hitters in Game 3 while combining with the Indians' bullpen for Cleveland's second shutout of the series.
The Cubs will attempt to be the first team to win a World Series after facing a 3-to-1 deficit since the 1985 Kansas City Royals did it against the St. Louis Cardinals. The last team to come back from a 3-to-1 hole and win the final two World Series games on the road was the 1968 Detroit Tigers.
The Indians, meanwhile, have been in this position before. Cleveland led Boston 3-1 in the 2007 American League Championship Series before the Red Sox stormed back to stun the Tribe, and then swept the Colorado Rockies in the World Series. Cleveland's sports teams epic failures have been well-documented -- perhaps never better than in Andy Billman's outstanding "Believeland" -- so despite the odds being overwhelmingly in the Indians' favor to win their first World Series since 1945, it's safe to assume their home city is a bit more on edge than one might think.
So how can the Cubs come back from the brink of elimination and vanquish the ghosts of the past 107 years? Well, it would help to start hitting the baseball. They're averaging a ridiculously bad two runs per game throug the first five contests, and that's with scoring eight runs in their two wins. This team has gone through the doldrums periodically this season, including in the NLCS when the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill shut them out in back-to-back games, but they've looked confoundingly lost at the plate against the Indians and have largely strayed from what has made them one of the most potent offense in the game. Forcing a Game 7 and ultimately defeating Cory Kluber in that winner-take-all throw-down could be as simple as getting back to work in the count and not swinging at unhittable pitches. Not that hitting is simple -- it may be the most difficult thing to do in all of sports -- and applying those concepts does not guarantee anything, but it's what has worked best through 177 games thus far.
Combine the likelihood that disciplined approach to hitting will lead to some amount of success against Cleveland's No. 3 hurler, and the odds being in favor of the Chicago lineup breaking out of its collective slump, and one might actually believe this thing is headed for a Game 7.