Here are the starting lineups for Game 1 of the World Series, to be played tonight between the Cubs and Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
The world looks much different since the last time the Cubs won the World Series in October 1908. Here are just a few things that have changed.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, who suffered a mild left ankle sprain during the club’s American League pennant-clinching celebration last week, does not expect the injury to be an issue when World Series play opens tonight.
Hey, 1908 was a long time ago.
The beautiful horrors of the pre-internet age.
This year’s World Series matchup between the Cubs and the Indians might be the most compelling we’ve seen in a long time. In addition to the extensive World Series droughts for both clubs, we also have two rosters loaded with recognizable stars, including Kris Bryant, Francisco Lindor, Jon Lester, Corey Kluber and many more.
It’s time for you to tell us.
The Reds announced to reporters today that left-hander John Lamb has surgery to repair a herniated lumbar disk in his back (via MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon, on Twitter). A specific timeline for Lamb’s recovery isn’t clear, but the 26-year-old is not expected to be ready for the start of the 2017 season, per the announcement. This will mark the second straight offseason in which Lamb, who was acquired in the July 2015 Johnny Cueto blockbuster with the Royals, has undergone back surgery. He opened the 2015 campaign on the DL following a back operation as well, though that procedure was apparently more minor, as it came in December 2015 and Lamb was sent on a rehab assignment in mid-April before making his 2016 debut on May 3. Lamb was hardly a lock to break camp in the Cincinnati rotation after struggling to a 6.43 ERA through 70 innings with the Reds in 2016 and a 5.80 ERA in 49 2/3 inning following the trade in 2015. Those numbers represent the entirety of Lamb’s big league efforts to this point, so he’d have had to earn his spot on the roster with a big showing in Spring Training. However, there’s reason to believe that he could have done just that
Danny Salazar’s comeback bid has culminated in a spot on the Indians’ World Series roster.