Eduardo A. Encina, Orioles beat writer: Cubs in 7
This World Series has the makings of one to remember, not just because one long-suffering fan base will finally find championship glory, but because two of the game's best managers – Cubs skipper Joe Maddon and Indians manager Terry Francona – will square off in a seven-game chess match. The game within the game will be interesting to follow. It's hard to go against an Indians team that has gone 7-1 this postseason, owns a 1.77 postseason ERA and possesses the single best weapon in Andrew Miller. But after winning three straight to win the NLCS, there's something about these Cubs – with a lineup led this offseason by youngsters Javier Baez and Addison Russell – that indicates they don't quite realize the magnitude of what they can accomplish, which is a powerful thing heading into the bright spotlight of the World Series.
Jon Meoli, Orioles reporter: Cubs in 6
The way Chicago is swinging the bat, the Indians' thin rotation will be tested. The best team rarely wins in baseball, but this Cubs team is breaking a ton of stigmas this year. This will be the last one.
Peter Schmuck, Orioles columnist: Cubs in 6
I didn't pick the Indians in either of the first two playoff series, so why start now? They've been sitting around for a week and the Cubs just closed out the NLCS on an offensive roll. If that was John Lester's NLCS, this will be Jake Arrieta's World Series. And Cubs fans can feel sorry for the rest of us for a change.
Josh Land, Orioles editor: Cubs in 6
It makes it all the tougher when the Indians keep proving you wrong, beating one better team after another despite being severely shorthanded. But that run will end here. The Cubs were the best team in baseball this season and after being on cruise control going into the playoffs, have found a way to turn it back on to roll to their first World Series since 1945. They don't have a glaring weakness and buried the Dodgers with ease after a two-game offensive blip. The Cubs have waited a long time to call themselves champions, but that wait is about to be over.