>> If Chicago isn't your kind of town, and Cleveland doesn't smack of sexy, Tuesday night's start to the World Series may still bring fireworks for those outside the Midwest. For starters, the Cubs and the Indians each couldn't be more deserving, the two teams currently suffering baseball's worst World Series droughts.
The Cubs now are having one since 1908, the Indians since 1948. The drama sure be enhanced by plenty of home run hitting, with both clubs having out slugged their post season opponents. Chris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo among those crushing them for the Cubs. Mike Napoli and Carlos Santana going long for the tribe.
On the pitcher's mount, intensity oozes from Chicago starter Jake Arrieta, the National League's reigning Cy Young champ. Teammates Kyle Hendricks, and John Lester are both up for this year's prize, boasting baseball's two best ERAs. But the Indians have the edge when it comes to the bullpen, led by Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, which struck out one-third of all opposing playoff batters.
No disrespect to Cub's closer Aroldis Chapman, who's been pretty lights out himself. But what's most fun is that one of these perennial underdogs will actually be crowned champs. A sure to be feel good moment, even for those whose hometown teams have already hit the golf course.