Make the Indians Pitch
There is no doubt that the Cubs are at their best when they make pitchers work. Baez, Soler, and Bryant proved their willingness to expand the strike zone. The team as a whole has 18 walks. Outside of Game 5, Cubs batters have seen just over 3 pitches per at-bat.
The formula is simple. Make Kluber, who is pitching on three days rest, work. Foul off as many pitches as possible. Refuse to swing at balls out of the zone. Do what it takes to get on base.
The Indians’ defense is not as strong as the Cubs. The times the Cubs bunt has led to moving runners and getting on base. Their infield is not as quick to turn two and the outfield does not always throw balls to the right place. The Cubs must take advantage of these area and aggressively work the bases. If runners get on base early, put stress on the pitchers by running or bunting.
Do these things, and we could celebrate a World Series win!
I may not sleep.