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Kluber’s Dominant Game 1 Performance Set the Tone For the Indians



In the biggest start of his life, Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber showed everyone just how good he is under pressure. Thanks to his performance, the team got off to a good start in the 2016 World Series.

No one was very surprised when Indians manager Terry Francona announced on Sunday that Kluber would start Game 1 of the World Series for his team. He’s been the ace of the team for a few seasons now. Prior to this year, Kluber had never pitched in the postseason. Considering what he has been able to do so far, it’s safe to assume that he’s not exactly intimidated by the high stakes.

Kluber turned in an extremely impressive start in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night. He faced a dynamic Chicago Cubs offense that includes Anthony RizzoJavier BaezKris Bryant and Ben Zobrist. It was clear early on in the game that Kluber was locked-in and ready for the challenge.

Kluber started the game off by setting a new World Series record for strikeouts over the first three innings of a game. He struck out eight batters during this span. The Cubs were able to put the ball in play more often as the game went on. Kluber only recorded one more strikeout after his historic first three innings. Overall, he went six inning and did not give up a run while allowing just four hits. He did not walk anybody and had nine total strikeouts. At the time of his departure, the Indians had a 3-0 lead over the Cubs.

Francona decided to turn to setup man Andrew Miller for the next two innings. Although Miller did surrender two hits and a few walks, the Cubs were unable to score against him. The Indians tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, giving them a 6-0 lead. They went on to win the game by this score.

This isn’t the first time that Kluber has come up clutch for the Indians during the 2016 postseason. He threw seven shutout inning in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Boston Sox, a game in which his team won 6-0. He dominated the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, tossing 6 1/3 scoreless innings against an explosive Blue Jays offense. Cleveland won that game 2-0. Kluber’s only uninspiring start in the playoffs came in Game 4 of the ALCS. He surrendered two runs over five innings of work. This was the only game of the series that Toronto won.

If the Indians are going to win the World Series, they’re going to need to continue using the formula that won them Game 1. What that entails is strong starting pitching and a dominant bullpen complimented by a few runs from the offense. This did not happen in Game 2, as the Cubs were able to score a few runs early on and did not look back. Cleveland never really got their offense going, and Chicago cruised to a 5-1 victory. The only way that the Indians will defeat the Cubs is by playing like they did in Game 1.

Kluber’s great performance has set the tone for the rest of the World Series as far as the Indians go. Now we which team has more momentum as the Series shifts to Chicago tonight for Game 3.

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MLB Investigating Racist Social Media Messages Sent to Cubs’ Carl Edwards Jr.



Major League Baseball is investigating racial messages sent, via social media, to Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. prior to his demotion to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs back on April 6th.

According to The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney, the messages have caught the attention of both the Cubs and the MLB Players Association, leading to the launch of the investigation.

Mooney had been a solid bullpen option during the last few seasons, but had a nightmare start to the 2019 season posting a terrible 32.40 ERA in just 1.2 innings of work over four appearances.

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Chicago Cubs Signs Big Name Free Agent



Over the weekend, the Chicago Cubs announced that they have signed MLB free agent and Japanese Phenom Yu Darvish from free agency according to multiple sources.

Before joining Major League Baseball, Darvish was playing in the  Nippon Professional Baseball League with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters down in Japan. After spending six years with the team, many MLB scouts tapped him as being one of the top Major League prospects in several years.

In 2012, Darvish signed with the Texas Rangers. Yu Darvish played with the Rangers four full seasons and half of the 2017 season with the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels. In his five year MLB career, he has a 56-43 record, as a starting pitcher, 1,021 strikeouts, and a 3.42 ERA.

Now, Darvish is going to start the 2018 season playing for the one of the most historic teams in baseball history… The Chicago Bears.

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Steve Bartman Issued World Series Ring By Chicago Cubs



One fateful night at Wrigley Field.

October 14, 2003.

The Chicago Cubs were five short outs away from their first World Series appearance since 1945. With a 3-0 lead against the Florida Marlins in the eighth inning of Game 6 and Mark Prior dealing on the mound, thousands of fans throughout Chicago were on the brink of celebration.

Until one play—one infamous play—changed everything.

After a one-out double by Juan Pierre, Luis Castillo comes to bat against Prior. Castillo works the count full, and on Prior’s 113th pitch, hits a foul pop-up down the first base line. Left-fielder Moises Alou seems to be in position to make the play as he times his leap while reaching into the stands, until a fan—wearing headphones while sporting a Cubs hat—appears to interfere with the ball. Alou’s visibly angry after failing to make the catch, glaring at the fan as he makes his way back to his position in left.

That one fan’s name was Steve Bartman. And from that point on, his life had changed forever.

On the next pitch and ninth of the at-bat, Castillo walks as Pierre advances to third on a passed ball. Ivan Rodriguez’s up next. Prior gets ahead 0-2, but hangs a curveball as Rodriguez promptly slaps a single to left to make the score 3-1. Up steps 20-year-old rookie Miguel Cabrera. On the first pitch, he hits a grounder that shortstop Alex Gonzalez boots. Everyone’s safe. Bases loaded and one out now. Up next is Derrek Lee, coming off a career year in 2003 up to that point. Prior’s at 118 pitches. Kyle Farnsworth is loose in the pen. Manager Dusty Baker leaves Prior in. On the first pitch and Prior’s 119th of the game, Lee drives a fastball to left to drive in two runs.

Tied at three. Prior’s night is done. Here comes Farnsworth.

Intentional walk, sac fly, intentional walk. Here comes the light-hitting righty Mike Mordecai to hit with two outs and the bases full of fish. All Farnsworth has to do to keep it a one-run game is get him out. Keep it close and within reach. But it wasn’t to be, as Mordecai rips a double in the left-center field gap. Three runs score, now the Cubs are down 7-3. Exit Farnsworth. Florida scores one more that inning, wins 8-3, wins Game 7 to advance to and eventually win the World Series, and the rest is history.

And who were Cub fans most angry at?

You already know.

Soon after the floodgates had opened in that disastrous eighth inning, Bartman had to be escorted out of Wrigley Field by security personnel soon after fans began chanting and pointing. Drinks and other debris were thrown at him, insults were hurled his way left and right, and his life was never the same. Following the incident, personal information about him was released on online-message boards. Cruisers even had to surround his home for his own safety. It wasn’t too pretty.

Bartman was Chicago’s public enemy #1, as many Cub fans associated him with the Curse of the Billy Goat.

However, that curse finally ended last season, as the Cubs won their first World Series since 1908 to put an end to the longest championship drought in professional sports.

Two days ago, Monday, Cubs owner Tom Ricketts handed out World Series rings in his office to players and other team members.

And none other than Mr. Bartman himself.

In a statement from Ricketts, he said: “On behalf of the entire Chicago Cubs organization, we are honored to present a 2016 World Series Championship ring to Mr. Steve Bartman. We hope this provides closure on an unfortunate chapter of the story that has perpetuated throughout our quest to win a long-awaited World Series.”

Bartman also made a statement, breaking his silence:

“Although I do not consider myself worthy of such an honor, I am deeply moved and sincerely grateful to receive an official Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Championship ring. I am fully aware of the historical significance and appreciate the symbolism the ring represents on multiple levels. My family and I will cherish it for generations. Most meaningful is the genuine outreach from the Ricketts family, on behalf of the Cubs organization and fans, signifying to me that I am welcomed back into the Cubs family and have their support going forward. I am relieved and hopeful that the saga of the 2003 foul ball incident surrounding my family and me is finally over.”

If this is how the Cubs organization saw fit to finally put an end to the “Bartman play”, then great. I can dig it. One can’t help but feel for Bartman. He made a mistake. Since that night he hasn’t made any appearances at Wrigley, has declined interviews, and for the most part has been out of the public eye.

Even though it was just one play, it’s not the reason the Cubs lost that game or the series. It changed the course of the game for sure, but Chicago just couldn’t seal the deal. Prior hung an 0-2 pitch to Pudge, Gonzalez boots a ball, Farnsworth doesn’t do his job, Cubs can’t win Game 7 which was also at Wrigley. The Cubs made mistakes, but of course, it was easy for their fans to create a scapegoat.

But it’s all over now.

Who knows, maybe a first-pitch at Wrigley will be in Bartman’s near future. We’ll see.

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