If you were to go up to any baseball fan in years past and tell them that the Chicago Cubs would meet the Cleveland Indians for Major League Baseball’s championship, there’s a good chance they would laugh in your face. 

But after the Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS from Wrigley Field on Saturday night, that’s the exact matchup we’ll have in the 2016 World Series, via MLB

Here is how the schedule will look for the Fall Classic, beginning on Tuesday:

There will be a very long, tortured drought that comes to an end at the conclusion of this series. 

The Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908, while the Indians haven’t reigned triumphant since 1948. 

However, one drought has come to an end with Chicago’s win on Saturday night, as it clinched its first National League pennant since 1945. 

A well-rested Indians team will be waiting for the Cubs after it took down the Toronto Blue Jays in five games in the ALCS that ended on Wednesday. 

Thanks to an American League victory in the All-Star Game in San Diego, the Indians will also be hosting an opening game of the World Series for the first time in franchise history. 

With a struggling offense that’s batted .208 in the postseason, Cleveland has been reliant on the long ball and pitching, which has riddled opposing batters all throughout October. 

In eight games, Indians pitching has allowed just 15 runs with a 1.77 ERA while compiling a 7-1 record. It’s been headlined by reliever Andrew Miller, who won the ALCS MVP thanks to his dominance, via SportsCenter

But they’ll be playing a Cubs offense that exploded to life in the final three games of the NLCS

After two straight shutouts at the hands of the Dodgers in Games 2 and 3, Chicago has reeled off 23 runs on 33 hits in its last three games. 

With the big bats of Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell and now Javier Baez, this World Series could be a case of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object in Cleveland pitching. 

And with both teams playing against history, this could be one of the most exciting Fall Classics we’ll see in quite some time. 


Stats courtesy of MLB.com

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