2016 WORLD SERIES: Cleveland Indians Vs. Chicago Cubs, Position By Position, Who Has The Edge
By David Schoenfield, ESPN Senior Baseball Writer // October 24, 2016
Cubs last world series title 1908, Indians 1948
ABOVE VIDEO: ESPN’s baseball experts preview the 2016 World Series and give the edge to each team position by position.
(ESPN) – Here we are. Fans of the other 28 teams might disagree, but in one way, this matchup between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians is the ultimate World Series.
It features the two franchises with the longest World Series title droughts, a combined 176 years without a championship.
Catcher: David Ross / Willson Contreras / Miguel Montero versus Roberto Perez
The Cubs have the most unique catching arrangement we’ve seen for a World Series team in a long time.
The last team to start three different catchers in a World Series was the 1998 Padres, who started Carlos Hernandez, Greg Myers and Jim Leyritz in a four-game loss to the Yankees.
Ross catches when Jon Lester starts, and Montero has caught both of Jake Arrieta’s starts so far. Here are Joe Maddon’s batteries so far:
NLDS Game 1: Lester and Ross
NLDS Game 2: Kyle Hendricks and Contreras
NLDS Game 3: Arrieta and Montero
NLDS Game 4: John Lackey and Ross
NLCS Game 1: Lester and Ross
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