What to watch for in Chicago in Game 3

Pitcher Josh Tomlin excited to share World Series with his dad

CHICAGO (WOIO) - Game 3 first pitch is at 8:08 p.m. Friday at Wrigley Field.


Kyle Hendricks, who starts for the Cubs in Game 3, was 9-2 on his home turf in the regular season, and is coming off a tremendous two-hit, shutout performance to eliminate the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS. So the Indians need all the bats they can muster up. Which brings me to...

*Who sits?

Carlos Santana? Mike Napoli? Neither? Wrigley Field has many things, including history and charm, but one thing it doesn't have is the DH. So, Terry Francona is flirting with the idea of playing Santana in left field, rather than lose his bat in favor of Coco Crisp's. The problem is, Santana has experience in the outfield in ONE major league game, and that was four years ago. And this is Wrigley, where the fans are right on top of you and, oh yeah, there's IVY covering the outfield walls. It's a tough call, but if Tito makes it, it'll be his gutsiest yet.

*Madden's Dilemma

The Cubs have a similar issue. Kyle Schwarber missed the entire season due to a torn ACL, but Cubs manager Joe Madden sent a plane to Arizona to bring him back in time for the World Series, and it's paid off. Schwarber has had an immediate impact, including two RBI singles in Game 2 at Progressive Field. But...on Thursday, the Cubs revealed that they haven't cleared Schwarber to play left field yet, so that takes their slugger, and emotional inspiration, out of the lineup. Good break for the Tribe. Big loss for the Cubs.

*Savor the Moment

This goes for the Indians, who haven't won the World Series in 68 years...the Cubs, who haven't won it in 108 years...and the fans of both teams, who could not have imagined a better Fall Classic. Think about it. When the Cubs won the World Series in 1908, they weren't even playing at Wrigley yet. The ballpark didn't open until 1914. And even then, it was the home field of the Chicago Whales of the Federal League, which folded in 1915, at which point the Cubs moved in. As for the Tribe, if Tomlin delivers in Game 3 and gets his third straight win of the postseason, setting the stage for our ace, Corey Kluber, in Game 4? Wow. Stay tuned...

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