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Can Cubs Bounce Back After Tough Game 1?

There is no pretty way to put this, the Chicago Cubs were beaten pillar to post by the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 of the World Series. This may be a wake-up call for the Cubbies, as the team has gone 18-6-1 SU since the all-star break following a loss. It has been an increased defensive effort and pitching that has picked up those wins following a loss, as the Cubs have allowed just 2.8 runs per game in their past 25 games after an L.

SHARK BITES
  • Jake Arrieta has allowed 32 hits and 13 runs in his past three starts.
  • The UNDER is 3-0 in the past 3 games between the Indians and Cubs.
  • The Cubs are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games as favorites against the Indians.

The Indians put themselves in the driver’s seat of the series, as the past 14 teams to win Game 1 of the World Series at home have gone on to win it all.  Cleveland will turn to Trevor Bauer, who will be making his first trip to the bump since his bloody finger incident in Game 3 of the ALCS.

Jake Arrieta will be making his first start since Game 3 of the NLCS for the Cubs. Arrieta has been unhittable when he has had six or more days’ rest throughout his career, as he is 14-3 with a 2.45 ERA in 25 starts in that spot.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as MyBookie had set the Cleveland Indians as 135 underdogs on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 7 for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 3.0-2.5 victory for the Cubs. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Chicago Cubs vs Cleveland Indians Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Cleveland (102-68) will face the 110-62 Cubs in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Chicago injuries news.

The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Cleveland Indians at No. 13 and the Chicago Cubs at No. 1 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Cleveland Indians No. 5-rated offense, averaging 4.76 runs per game, against a Chicago Cubs defense that ranks No. 1 at 3.42 in runs allowed per game. The Cleveland Indians have averaged 8.79 hits per game so far, more than Chicago Cubs batters have averaged on the year (8.61 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, Chicago owns the No. 3-rated road mark, allowing 3.89 runs per game on the highway. Cleveland, on the other hand, rates No. 3 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by C Kluber in a losing cause, 6-0, against Cleveland on Tuesday.

Betting Trends
  • Chi Cubs is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Chi Cubs is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 6 games
  • Chi Cubs is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Cleveland is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago home to Cleveland, Friday, October 28th

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