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A nail biter finished in favor of the Indians in game 3.  The lone run scored by Michael Martinez came after replay officials upheld a safe call on a Willson Contreras snap throw pickoff attempt.  The live play appeared to be in favor of the runner.  However replay showed it seemed possible the tag was made prior to Martinez touching third base.  Bryant took the throw and laid down a tag that caught the runners jersey.  Two things that might have contributed to the safe call being upheld were inconclusive evidence to overturn and the other is if Kris Bryant’s foot was ruled in the way of Martinez hand.  The end result of this call was Martinez scored the only run of the game on a Coco Crisp single to right field.  Whether he should’ve been in position to score or not is a different story.  Prior to the pickoff attempt, Carl Edwards Jr. threw a curveball into the dirt that got away from catchers Willson Contreras.  This allowed Martinez to advance from second to third.

Regardless of the run scored, the Cubs had an opportunity to comeback late.  They fell short, and the Indians take a 2-1 series lead.  Forcing the scuba chances at a World Series back to Cleveland.  Cubs will have to win one at home to go back to Cleveland.  Of course now we would love our Cubs to take the remaining two at home.  Kluber is up next tonight for game 4.  The Cubs will look to get comfortable against him like they did Kershaw in game 6 of the NLCS.

70% of game 3 winners that take a 2-1 series lead win the series.  However those numbers were the same for the NLCS as well.  With that being said, they don’t want us to win.

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Ready, Set!

The Chicago Cubs release their official 25-man roster for the 2016 World Series.  Kyle Schwarber is officially back.  Schwarber joins the team after tearing his ACL on April 7th which put him on the DL for the remainder of the season.  He has continued to work hard and study his swing all season.  He played one game in Arizone with the Cubs fall league team where he celebrated the Cubs NLCS victory with his minor league teammates with the Cubs back in Chicago.  Kyle flew out to Cleveland to join the Cubs where he is assumed to be the teams designated hitter for the first two games in Cleveland, and will likely serve as a pinch hitter for games back at Wrigley Field.

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All In!

The Chicago Cubs have set their official 25-man postseason lineup.  

Catchers: Willson Contreras, Miguel Montero, David Ross

Infielders: Javy Baez, Kris Bryant, Tommy La Stella, Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell, Ben Zobrist

Outfielders: Albert Almora Jr., Chris Coghlan, Dexter Fowler, Jason Heyward, Jorge Soler

Starting Pitchers: Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks, John Lackey, John Lester

Relief Pitchers: Aroldis Chapman, Carl Edwards Jr., Justin Grimm, Mike Montgomery, Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Travis Wood