The coolest two words in baseball: Game 7.
We will get one for the 38th time as the Chicago Cubs stayed alive with a 9-3 Game 6 win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field Tuesday night.
Game 7 is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday night at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
9 Home teams have won the past 10 Game 7s in World Series history, but the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals on the road in the last instance in 2014.
Former Rangers farm hand Kyle Hendricks starts for the Cubs against Coppell native Corey Kluber, who is pitching on short rest for the third time. It hasn’t bothered him yet. He’s 4-1 this postseason. He could become the first pitcher to win three World Series games since the Tigers’ Mickey Lolich did it in 1968.
The Cubs have won twice after falling behind in the series 3-1. If they pull off the comeback it will be the first time a club has rallied from a 3-1 deficit since the Kansas City Royals did it in 1985. But those Royals were home for the final two games. The last time a team did it with road wins in Games 6 and 7 was the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979.
The home team has had a decided advantage in recent Game 7 history. The home team has won nine of the past 10 winner-take-all games. The most recent occasion in 2014, however, was the Giants winning Game 7 in Kansas City.
The Cubs are trying to become the first club to rally from a 3-1 deficit to win the World Series. The last time a road team did it was The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Indians will be the home team again, but that didn’t matter in Game 6. Former TCU ace Jake Arrieta earned his second World Series win after holding the Indians to two runs over 5 2/3 innings. The Cubs’ offense built a 7-0 lead after three innings after Addison Russell’s grand slam in the third. He’s the first player to ever have six RBIs in the first three innings of a World Series game.
Game 7 history
Here’s a look at Game 7 history by decade: