The 2016 World Series will be between the American League champion Cleveland Indians and the National League champion Chicago Cubs. Here are all the things you need to know for the 2016 World Series including previews, odds and TV schedule.
2016 World Series Preview
The city of Cleveland went 52 years without a title but they are now on the brink of two championships. The Indians swept the almighty Boston Red Sox in the ALDS while they took out the Toronto Blue Jays in five games to win the AL pennant.
They also did it without starting pitchers like Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco but they got a lot of help from their bullpen. Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw were very solid while Andrew Miller has been unhittable which resulted in him winning the ALCS MVP.
The 2016 World Series will be Cleveland’s first appearance since 1997 when they lost to the Florida Marlins in seven games. They are looking to win their first World Series championship since 1948 and their third world title overall.
On the other hand, the Cubs are finally in the World Series for the first time in 71 years when they lost to the Detroit Tigers in seven games. The team was the favorites to win it all this year and they proved in the postseason that they are not afraid of the curse.
The Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants and the even-year magic in four games in the NLDS while overcoming the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. They were down in the series 2-1 when their bats exploded as they won the final three games to win the NL pennant.
Javier Baez and Jon Lester were named co-NLCS MVPs as the Cubs are only four wins away from ending their 108-year championship drought. The 2016 World Series is a historical matchup as one of these franchises is set to end a combined 176 years of heartbreak.
2016 World Series Odds (per Odds Shark)
- Chicago Cubs: minus-185 favorites
- Cleveland Indians: plus-160 underdogs
2016 World Series TV Schedule
- Game 1: October 25, Tuesday in Cleveland. 8:08 PM on FOX Sports.
- Game 2: October 26, Wednesday in Cleveland. 8:08 PM on FOX Sports.
- Game 3: October 28, Friday in Chicago. 8:08 PM on FOX Sports.
- Game 4: October 29, Saturday in Chicago. 8:08 PM on FOX Sports.
- Game 5*: October 30, Sunday in Chicago. 8:15 PM on FOX Sports.
- Game 6*: November 1, Tuesday in Cleveland. 8:08 PM on FOX Sports.
- Game 7*: November 2, Wednesday in Cleveland. 8:08 PM on FOX Sports.