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.